MoCHIP volunteer Jenny Kimrey (right) takes 9-year-old Braden Beatty's dental impression at a free Missouri Child Identification Program sponsored by Jewel Lodge #480 at the Pleasant Hill Primary School over the weekend. MoCHIP is a comprehensive program designed to give families a measure of protection if a child should go missing. Once a child is processed through the program—which usually takes less than 15 minutes—parents are given a CD that contains their child's digital photograph, digital fingerprints, a dental bite impression, vital information and emergency contacts. Parents also receive two laminated identification cards. The MoCHIP program is sponsored statewide by the Masonic Children's Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Missouri Masons. Dozens of MoCHIP volunteers were assisted on Saturday by the Pleasant Hill Police Department, Pleasant Hill Fire-Rescue and the Cass County Sheriff 's Office.
2 fatal accidents outside of town
By F. KIRK POWELL
Editor & Publisher ...The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated two fatal accidents on 7 Highway
north of Pleasant Hill last week. ...A 56-year-old Kingsville man was killed in a 3-car crash at 7 Highway and Short
Road last Wednesday morning and a 26-year-old Pleasant Hill man was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a car at 7 Highway and Stringtown Road on Saturday afternoon. ...The Highway Patrol reported that the second fatal accident occurred shortly after 1:40 p.m. Saturday when a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle driven northbound by Aaron C. Rash, 26, Pleasant Hill slowed because of traffic and was struck in the rear by a 2011 Mazda driven by Lorenda K. Kidd, 44, of Pleasant Hill. ...The rider was knocked off the motorcycle and struck by a southbound 2005 Ford F150 pickup driven by David F. Havlik, 39, Pleasant Hill. Rash was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Medical Examiner. ...The driver of the Mazda was transported to St. Luke's East Hospital in Lee's Summit for treatment of minor injuries. The accident was investigated by the Highway Patrol's Major Crash Team. ...Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Pleasant Hill Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. ...Earlier in the week on Wednesday, April 9, Robert P. Norman, 56, Kingsville, died in a 3-car crash on 7 Highway north of Pleasant Hill. ...The Highway Patrol reported the accident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. that day when a northbound 2007 Toyota driven by Norman was stopped in traffic and was struck in the rear by a 2001 Chevrolet driven by Amber D. Ralston, 28, Pleasant Hill. ...According to the Highway Patrol report, the Toyota was knocked off of the roadway and the Chevrolet also struck a 2009 GMC driven by Matthew P. Six, 45, Pleasant Hill, in the rear. ...Norman was pronounced dead at the scene by Pleasant Hill EMS and Ralston was taken to the Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Six was not injured in the accident. ...The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies and Pleasant Hill police.