Man Takes His Own Life - No Foul Play Suspected

BERGER, Mo. - Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:00 PM, Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said earlier this morning that deputies responded to a residence in the 7000 block of Zero Road in reference to a gunshot victim.

The investigation revealed that Merle Winford Jr. a white male, age 53 from Jonesburg, Mo, had suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

James O. Rouse, Jr. (June 30, 1927 - June 9, 2014)

James O. Rouse, Jr., 86, of Berger, Missouri, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Rouse, Jr. was born in New Franklin, Missouri on June 30, 1927, the son of the late James O. and Rachel Chloe (Calvert) Rouse.

He was the husband of Anna (Meyer) Rouse. They were married June 1, 1950 at St. Paul Church, Berger, Missouri. Anna survives in Berger.

Harold August Pehle (May 24, 1929 - May 25, 2014)

Harold August Pehle, age 85, of Berger, Missouri, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the New Haven Care Center.

Harold was born May 24, 1929 at Etlah, Missouri, the son of the late John & Lucille (Smith) Pehle.

He was the husband of Erma Lee C. (Scheer) Pehle. They were married July 3, 1971 at New Haven, Missouri. Erma survives in New Haven.

LeRoy F. Ruediger, Jr. (July 20, 1936 - May 16, 2014)

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LeRoy  F.  Ruediger, Jr.,  77, of Hermann, Missouri, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Washington, Missouri.

Mr. Ruediger was born in Berger, Missouri on July 20, 1936, the son of the late LeRoy W. Sr.,  and Edna (Willimann) Ruediger.

He was the husband of Annette D. (Heberle) Ruediger.  They were married July 23, 2007 at St. Paul U.C.C., Hermann.  Annette survives in Hermann.

Family Safely Escapes 2nd Alarm Thanksgiving House Fire

This picture was taken minutes after we arrived on the scene and as you can see the frame of the home is still standing but fully engulfed.

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Berger, Mo
. - Thanksgiving night at approximately 6:18 p.m. New Haven/Berger Fire Crews were initially dispatched for a flue fire but minutes after the initial dispatch crews were advised that flames could be seen shooting out of the roof.  In less than 15 minutes the fire rapidly spread, engulfing the home in flames.

Six New Haven/Berger fire trucks responded along with two pumpers and two tankers from Washington and Hermann Fire Departments as well as one tanker from Beaufort/Leslie to Etlah Hill Road, located off of the eastern side of Highway B.

83,000 Pound Track Hoe Slides Into Berger Creek

New Haven, Mo. - Crews with the Union Pacific railroad have been working in the Etlah Bottoms, repairing a trestle that crosses Berger Creek, approximately 1.2 miles on Highway B from the intersection of Etlah Road.  (Aerial photo below.)

Monday, a contracted company's attempts at crossing the creek failed as their 83,000 pound track hoe slid down a 20 to 30 foot embankment, rolling onto it's side and covered in mud.