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Update: Texas truck driver found

LATHROP, Mo. — The Texas trucker who disappeared near Lathrop, Mo., was discovered safe in Cameron, Mo., the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Tuesday morning.

No further investigation will be required they said.

The original story follows here:

The Missouri Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation into the whereabouts of a truck driver from Texas who has been reported missing.

Troopers found the man’s tractor-trailer at the Trex Mart near Lathrop on Monday, after the trucking company located it using GPS.

The Highway Patrol says Mike Howell, 49, from Huntsville, Texas, hasn’t been heard from since Saturday.

All of his personal items were still inside the truck, but the Highway Patrol says it’s too soon to know if foul play is involved.

Joe’s Weather Blog: Tale Of Two Seasons

We’ve enjoyed some nice days…yesterday was about as good as you can do with temperatures near 70° and a nice breeze blowing through the region. Today we’re starting with some clouds, that shouldn’t last too long and temperatures which as of this writing are near 50° should warm into the 60s before the day is done…a bit cooler than yesterday.

Here is the 9AM surface map showing the front that I blogged about yesterday moving through the region. This front is, as you can see by the temperatures in RED, pretty weak overall…and already through the western Plains the winds are starting to switch back towards the south…indicating to me the push of “cooler” air will be relatively brief for today.

Release of documents, video raise more questions in Daisy Coleman case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Documents and video just released in a controversial Maryville court case uncover new details and questions. You may remember the victim in this case, Daisy Coleman, was 14 years old when she accused a then 17-year-old Matthew Barnett of rape after a night of drinking.

The case made national headlines when Daisy’s mom, Melinda Coleman, alleged prosecutorial misconduct. The investigation began in January 2012.

Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice initially filed felony sex and child endangerment charges against Barnett. Those were dropped with Rice saying the Coleman’s refused to cooperate.

Pitcher Luke Hochevar to have ‘Tommy John surgery’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — (News Release) The Kansas City Royals announced Friday that right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar will have surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), also known as “Tommy John surgery”, in the coming weeks, while right-handed pitcher Brad Penny has been released from his minor league contract.

Hochevar, 30, went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances for the Royals last season.  He ranked third in the American League in opponents’ batting average (.169) and sixth in ERA among pitchers with at least 60.0 innings during the 2013 season.   Hochevar is 43-61 with a career 5.10 ERA in 190 games (128 starts) for Kansas City during his seven-year big league career.

Penny, 35, signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on January 16, 2014, and has made two appearances this spring, most recently allowing four runs on eight hits in 2.0 innings of work yesterday vs. the White Sox.

Joe’s Weather Blog: Speed Bumps But OK Through Monday

Well you can sort of feel the March sun helping things out theses days…as the sun’s angle get’s higher in the sky…the sun’s intensity increases from the winter minimum in the KC area…so it’s “feeling” a little better and many don’t realize that our average high for this time of the year is around 50°…so it’s supposed to be better swinging into March.

As I mentioned yesterday, March though can be fickle and one can’t help but feel that we’re not done with winter yet. The colder shots of air may not be as brutal but compared to average at least may still be something to be reckoned with. For now though, aside from a bit of a brief setback on Saturday…we’re looking more comfortable through Monday, which looks to be the warmest day of the year thus far…and the warmest since this past mid-November when it hit 70° on the 16th.

Farmers and landowners say they’ve been “taken”

HOLT COUNTY, Mo. — Roger Ideker and his family farm 2100 acres in northwest Missouri, much of it adjoining the Missouri River in Holt County.

“The river has become a way of life for most farmers up here,” he said. “Just the affects of being around it we all enjoy. But when the river’s flooding and taking your property it becomes an animal you really don’t like.”

In 2011, that animal roared. Ideker figures all but 100 acres were under water when the Missouri River emptied onto farmland, into towns, over highways, and beyond. A classic 500 year flood, and the worst in the Missouri River Basin’s history. But Ideker said it was part of a pattern.

“We do expect small floods from time to time, but we’ve never experienced floods like we’ve had in the past few years,” he said.

Police suspect movie theater in St. Joseph was trashed by former manager

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The former manager of a movie theater in St. Joseph, Mo. was being questioned by police after the theater where he worked was vandalized.

The Plaza 8,  2219 N. Belt Highway, went dark for good on Sunday, closing for business and a Price Chopper grocery store is planned to be built in its place. When workers went back on Monday to get some things that remained there, they found the building had been trashed.

Debris was all over the floor. Tiles and electrical lines were ripped down from the ceiling.  Curtains were torn from theater walls and a screen was ripped to shreds.  There were broken mirrors in the bathrooms  Empty alcohol bottles were also left behind.

No charges had been filed by Wednesday morning, but police expected prosecutors to file charges against the manager.

Watch more here from KNPN-TV in St. Joseph.