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22-10 NEWS


After an hours-long stand-off, Robert S. Parmley, the 40-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting over a dog, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot Sept. 22 in his North Lyon Avenue home, according to Springfield, Mo., police. Officers said Robert, who had been charged by the Greene County prosecutor with second-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action, was making suicidal threats and refused to leave his home. After obtaining a search warrant, police entered the house and found his body. On the morning of Sept. 16, neighbor Charles Tart, 52, was found dead in his van in an alley off the 1800 block of North Lyon Avenue near West Calhoun Street. Reports state that Robert and another man confronted Tart after Tart's dog had gotten loose. The two told Tart the dog would be shot if he could not keep him in his yard. Tart replied that whoever shot his dog would be shot. One of the men went into a house, brought out a handgun and told Tart to "draw." Tart apologized for the dog getting out, got into his van with his dog and began to drive away. Reports state that two shots were fired at the vehicle which rolled to a stop. A witness who called 911 had found Tart dead inside. Authorities found Robert's abandoned 2006 Ford Expedition on Sept. 20 but were unable to locate him for two more days.

These family members, listed alphabetically, also appeared in recent news stories:

  • Amanda Parmelee, left, the longtime Pitt County (N.C.) Animal Shelter volunteer had the chance to test its socialization and enrichment program, which had been suspended for two years by the COVID pandemic. She took Bubbles, a 2-year-old pit bull available for adoption, for a jaunt around the county: a chance to smell the flowers at Ford+Shep, check what was on tap at Pitt Street Brewing Co. and visit Greenville City Hall. Bubbles ended the day with a swim, a bath and some treats. Seventeen dog-friendly businesses are offering goodies for visitors with shelter dogs.
  • Ashleigh Reardon Parmelee, right, and sons Edward Foster Jr. and Jacobie Parmelee were unexpectedly reunited with a first responder who once came to their rescue. Jessica Canning, below, a Baton Rouge (La.) General Hospital worker was showing a group of third- and fourth-graders around Park Medical Academy when she noticed one boy was hesitant to walk into an ambulance service bay set up in the hospital. "I said, 'It's OK. I'll stay back with you.' And he said, 'Well, I've seen all this before. I had a really bad car wreck. It wasn't here -- it was in Livonia.' And immediately when he said 'Livonia,' I lost it. 'Oh my god. I know who you are!' " Ashleigh was also injured in the August 2021 crash and taken to an area hospital. "[Junior] had a head injury," she said. "We were pretty much dead on arrival. He was in a coma for two weeks. He didn't eat. He didn't walk, didn't talk, didn't do anything. ... He is a miracle." After two weeks in the Baton Rouge hospital, Junior was moved to New Orleans. Ashleigh related how helpless she felt knowing Junior was suffering. "You want to be there for your child so much, but you're hospitalized, too, and you can't be with him. Once they moved him to New Orleans ... he started to function again." Junior had fractured his skull; a metal plate was put in his head. Older brother Jacobie, who was uninjured in the accident, was also affected, Ashleigh said. "He was 10 at the time, and ... out in the middle of the street flagging people down to stop [while Canning] was there with Junior. She's an angel: She was with my child trying to keep him from seeing more than what he had already seen and on the sidelines praying with him while I couldn't be a mom. And I think that the world needs more people like that. ... Some people never get the chance to thank who saved their life. We got to do that."
  • Chad Parmley, a representative from MicroSoil Enhancers, was scheduled to participate in the Organic Assn. of Kentucky's field day outside Trenton, where a local dairy farm family has increased their use of seven to 15 species in cover crop mixes, intentional grazing of their fields in a three-year rotation, and a focus on healthy and carbon-rich soils across their certified organic farm.
  • Hunter Parmerlee, the Rushville (Ind.) Consolidated High School cross-country runner placed third at the South Dearborn Invitational among participants from five competing schools.
  • Jace Parmley and Mike Bitner redrew the Row 1 starting positions for the Cash Money Super Dirt Series Late Model 25-lap main event at Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg with Jace quickly assuming command. He held strong until Mitch Keeter moved to the low side by Lap 8 to take the lead. Jace began to reel the leader back in by Lap 15 in an intense battle through lapped cars. The Late Model feature went green to checkers without a yellow flag in 8:24 as Keeter drove to victory and Jace settled for second.
  • Jason Paul Parmele, left, has been located by a Yakima, Wash., Police Department detective and is "doing fine." The 44-year-old homeless man's family hadn't heard from him since November, 2020.
  • Josephine Parmley, the 81-year-old Monticello, Ky., driver and her passenger, Lois Turner, 82, declined medical treatment after an accident on the State Route 90 bypass. Police said Brandon Bridgeman, 33, also of Monticello, was westbound on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle when it was struck by a Chevrolet pickup driven by Josephine, who was attempting a U-turn in front of Ace Hardware. Bridgeman was taken by Wayne County EMS to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
  • Krissy Parmelee, right, attended the Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital Loggerhead Triathlon festivities, here with participant Stephen Walker.
  • Phil and Valerie Parmley, left, the Courtenay, British Columbia, couple enjoyed the music on the dance floor at the annual Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival at the Penticton Trade and Convention Center. (Photo credit: Mark Brett / Local Journalism Initiative)
  • Ron Parmley, with daughter Robin, right, used to build coffee tables, end tables, pool tables and shuffleboard tables in his woodshop. But when he became a client of Hospice of the Valley in Sun City, Ariz., Robin and her two sisters put their heads together to figure out what could replace woodworking. "We thought, 'Maybe he’d like Legos,' " she said. "So we got him the Lego kit for the Golden Gate Bridge." It was the first of more than 40 sets that now adorn the living room of Lincoln Heights, where he is known as the Lego Master. He has constructed the Taj Mahal, the White House, Disney Castle, Ice Castle, Hogwarts Castle, a three-floor police station, Barcelona’s Camp Nou soccer stadium, Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and a 10,000-piece masterpiece called the Haunted House. "It's not that difficult if you just follow directions," Ron said.
  • Ryan and Mariah Parmerlee, left, the couple and their premature twins, Kaizer and Kinzley, woke up in their Indianapolis home to discover a water leak in their ceiling. To date, the Parmerlees -- nine family members in all -- say no one has come to check on the property despite the rental company, Main Street Renewal of Austin, Texas, putting them in a two-bed hotel room. The company says its maintenance crews are working on the issue.
  • Sherry Parmeley, volunteer of Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands' 35-member Florida cleanup team, helped the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Coastal Watch with its annual International Coastal Cleanup.
  • Terry Parmelee, the Middlefield, Conn., man won $20,000 playing a Connecticut Lottery scratch-off ticket. He purchased the lucky ticket at Hasnain in Rockfall, at the same store another man won the same cash prize the same night playing the same game.
  • Tyler Matthew Parmele, the 28-year-old Anderson, Mo., man was arrested in McDonald County on suspicion of tampering with a motor vehicle..

... and in Enosburg Falls, Vt., the home of the woman known as the "Suffragette Hornet" is about to receive a state historic marker. Annette W. Parmelee, who lived at 92 Orchard St. from 1889 to 1924, was press secretary for the Vermont Equal Suffrage Assn. and pivotal in bringing the voting rights movement to the masses. Today, Suzanne Hull-Casavant, right, and her family live in the house, its street-facing facade looking much the same as it did a century ago. "When I found out she lived here, I felt like I won the lottery," Hull-Casavant told the St. Albans Messenger. "I was so excited." The Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance, which coordinated a series of events in 2020 to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage, is obtaining the marker. Born in 1865 and raised in Washington, Vt., Annette Watson moved to Enosburg Falls in 1889. She was 24 then and came to marry Edward J. Parmelee, a lawyer and an accountant for the Dr. B.J. Kendall Co. at 228 N. Main St. Cindy Weed, president of the Enosburg Historical Society, said the company manufactured and marketed "spavin cure," a treatment for horse ailments, as well as other pain relievers for human consumption.

22-03 NEWS


Marion County, Colo., is looking for a new emergency medical services director after Travis Parmley, left, resigned following criticism over transferring local hospital patients who need care only larger medical facilities elsewhere can provide. And in the three weeks that have followed Travis' departure, six other department employees have quit, none citing a reason. On the night of July 2, a Hillsboro Community Hospital emergency room patient waited for tests to be completed and transportation to a larger hospital, but none within the range of the county ambulances would admit him. Dwight Schmidt was reported to have arrived with excruciating abdominal pain, low blood pressure and a high heart rate. The staff gave him pain medication, performed a CT scan that revealed a bulge in his intestines, and gave him antibiotics. Schmidt had been receiving treatment for throat cancer at Salina Regional Health Center, but it had no rooms available. Wesley Medical Center and Ascension Via Christi St. Francis hospitals in Wichita, Kan., said they could not take him. NMC Health in Newton, Kan., had no room. About midnight, University of Kansas St. Francis in Topeka, 575 miles away, agreed to admit Schmidt, but air ambulance services declined to fly into Marion County because of weather, and the hunt for ground transportation was on. A Hillsboro ambulance crew shuttled an air ambulance crew to Community Hospital and back again to the local airport with Schmidt about 10:30 a.m. July 3. Schmidt died early that afternoon, shortly after arriving at St. Francis. “We did decline that one,” said Travis. “It was out of our 60-mile range [from the county line].” Department policy is that local hospitals must make other arrangements for patients who need to be taken farther. When the county’s two ambulances are outside its borders, only part-time attendants may be available for emergency calls. In the meantime, paramedic Chuck Kenney has been the interim director.

These family members, listed alphabetically, also appeared in recent news stories:

  • Abbie Parmele, the artist will lead classes at First Christian Church in Rensselaer, Ind., to create art for the living quarters at the Rensselaer Care Center. Funding comes from nearly $12,000 raised this quarter by Jasper County REMC members who round up their electric bills every month. Since 2004, that spare change has raised almost $700,000 for the granting program.
  • Aaron Parmley, the Butte County, Calif., deputy sheriff is seeking help tracking down thieves who stole mail from boxes on several roads in Magalia. The areas targeted include Colter Way, Carnegie and Humbug roads, Del Oro and Rosewood drives, and side streets. The thefts were likely committed by two or three men in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a newer, dark-blue Volkswagen.
  • Betsy Parmley, right, the Fort Hays (Kan.) State University softball team member who hails from Baldwin City, Kan., is chronicling her gym journey on TikTok. More than 562,000 are following her at parmesan_1717.
  • Caleb Parmele, the Roswell (Ga.) High School had a three-hit game with a triple in a win over Collins Hill.
  • Gavin Parmley, the founder of the Seymour, Ind., Summertime Nutritional Assistance for Kids program is seeking donations to provide food for kids who hang out at Shields Park Pool. "When I was young, I used to go to the pool and be there all day and didn't have anything to eat," he said, except for the occasional Cheez-Itz. The SNAK program provides each child a ticket upon arrival to use for a free healthy snack, give it to someone else or put it in a basket as an extra ticket for someone else. More than 4,000 snacks were given out at last summer.
  • Gavin Parmley, the actor is appearing in Roger and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at the Pensacola Little Theatre as the title character's fairy godmother!
  • Hunter Parmelee, the Rushville (Ind.) Consolidated High School sophomore led his cross-country team at the 38th running of the Rushville Classic Cross Country Meet, placing 20th of the 244 runners from 22 teams. Freshman Noah Parmelee joined the team this year.
  • Jeff, left, and Nicole Parmley, owners of Seacoast Printing in South Berwick, Maine, are helping local high school students with special needs get experience at a business that fits their talents. Several times a week since 2019, Marshwood High students Damien Dubay, who has has Down syndrome, and Max Blackwin, who has has Opitz G/BBB syndrome, work and get paid for their labor as they create and sort items from clothing to plaques to trophies. Over time, Jeff said, couple's relationship with the boys, who are always accompanied by ed coach Lou Orlando, has developed a "family" feel. The pandemic disrupted operations for a while, but the teens have been working consistently since September. "It's a bright part of my day," Jeff said. "No matter how hard it is, how difficult things are, they come in eager to work."
  • Jordyn Parmley, right, the psychology major has been selected a member of the Stamford (Ala.) University cheerleading squad.
  • Kade Parmelly, the 6-3, 305-pound Duke University offensive lineman from Abilene, Texas, will participate in the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 15, 2022.
  • Logan Parmley, the junior basketballer scored eight points in Calaveras (San Andreas, Calif.) High School's 64-61 win over Ripon in the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section division IV playoffs.
  • Lyndsey and Sydney Parmelee were members of the winning six-man volleyball squad at the 70th annual NIBROC Festival in Corbin, Ky. And that's "Corbin" spelled backwards in case you were wondering.
  • Mary Parmley, left, spoke to the Dowagiac, Mich. City Council regarding what she called incessant drug activity in the house next door to where daughter Kelsey Parmley and fiancée Jessica Burger live with four children. The family, she said, shares a driveway with the house that's had "five-plus drug busts." After a 2015 incident, 509½ N. Front St. was declared a clandestine drug lab by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and as recently as Feb. 8, multiple methamphetamine-based arrests were made at the home by the Cass Country Drug Enforcement Team. "It's a drug house. It's not a secret ... people are back there all the time, stealing from them, destroying their property. They've had to bring their kids inside because there are drug deals going down." Burger sometimes can't leave for work in the morning, she said, because a fire truck or ambulance is there for an overdose call. "My grandbabies live in there."
  • Michelle Parmalee was named Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare's Employee of the Month for December 2021. She has been employed at the Clinton, Mo., facility since February 2018, and currently works as a medical records coder. Coworkers say she always demonstrates professionalism throughout her work and communicates well with patients and peers.
  • Myra Parmley, the 32-year-old Bronx, N.Y., woman was among those indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr., for conspiring to steal pandemic-related unemployment benefits beginning in June 2020. She and five other defendants are accused of using the personal information of at least 19 identity-theft victims to create unemployment assistance accounts with the New York State Department of Labor to wrongfully obtain more than $135,000 in benefits. According to documents, they obtained personal data of hundreds of people and used some of it to make at least 19 online applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance from June 2020 to November 2021.
  • Nancy Parmelee, a member of the Sonoma, Calif., Traffic Safety Committee cited several factors in not moving forward with parking permits in residential streets across from TrainTown, including disagreement among Clay Street area neighbors on the efficacy of the program and the cost of parking enforcement, which would include $85,000 to equip a new vehicle.
  • Noah Parmelee, right, the freshman runner is a member of the four-man Presque Isle (Maine) High School cross-country team. Coach Saul Nunez said Noah has demonstrated perseverance and the ability to endure pain.
  • Robert Parmelee, the late Sonoma, Calif., resident was awarded a special proclamation by the City Council for his decades of civil service in the community. Robert amassed vast collection of Sonoma Valley memorabilia that was donated to the Sonoma Valley Historical Society/Depot Park Museum. The collection contains priceless documents -- including a check signed by Gen. Mariano Vallejo -- original maps, and photographs of properties, Sonoma pioneers and dignitaries from more than 100 years ago. Accepting the proclamation were daughters Lori Parmelee and Janine Parmelee Andrews.
  • Tanner Parmley was one of the starters of the Mishawaka (Ind.) High School football team, which dominated cross-town rival Mishawaka Marian, 38-0, on opening night of the season.
  • Tyronne Parmley, the 19-year-old facing a felony marijuana possession charge in Pitt County, N.C., had his bond set at $3,500.
  • Wendy Parmley, left, director of medical and mental health policy for the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network, says hundreds of inmates at the Utah State and Central Utah correctional facilities still haven’t received their medications after the rollout of a new medical records system. Wendy told The Salt Lake Tribune prisoners have failed to receive heart and blood-pressure, cancer, HIV, anti-seizure and pain medications, insulin, antibiotics and antipsychotics. Within days the new system -- operated by a contracted vendor called Fusion -- was launched, officials said in a news release, "it became apparent that there were some problems." One administrator said the software migration "showed most inmates as being pregnant. Obviously, that's not the case."

... and in Killingworth, Conn., ground has been broken on the Killingworth Historical Society's new barn and museum at the Parmelee Farm. The organization moved a garage onto the property to make room for the 36- by 34-foot, 1½-story structure, which will permit the organization to more fully display their collection. "We've been talking about this and raising funds for this for some time," said President Ken Wodatch. "For a small group of just 15 people on the board, they all have really put their shoulder to the wheel to make this happen for the last four years.”

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