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Crocker man killed in Thanksgiving Day crash
CROCKER, Mo. (Nov. 29, 2008) — An early morning Thanksgiving Day crash killed a Crocker man, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Troopers reported that James L. Goodrich, 52, was northbound on Highway 17 about four miles north of the Waynesville city limits riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he ran off the right side of the roadway about 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27, and collided with a ditch. St. John’s Lifeflight transported him in serious condition by air ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, where he was pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m. Friday by doctors.

Goodrich has been wearing his helmet, according to state patrol reports.

His motorcycle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing.

One day after Thanksgiving, a Springfield woman totaled her vehicle in a rollover crash about two miles east of St. Robert.

Troopers reported that at 4:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, April L. Fowler, 20, was eastbound in a 2006 Ford on Interstate 44 when she ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, and then ran off the right side of the roadway where her vehicle overturned. Fowler, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics. Her vehicle was removed by Jack’s Towing.

In three unrelated local arrests recently, troopers reported that they arrested a Springfield man in Pulaski County on Saturday, Nov. 22 on an out-of-town warrant.

Troopers reported that at 11:48 p.m. they arrested Oscar A. Aldaiz, 41, on a Battlefield Police Department warrant for no valid plates. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

Troopers made two more arrests on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 26.

At 6:45 p.m., troopers in Laclede County arrested Melissa J. Downs, 42, of Waynesville, on a Phelps County felony warrant for possession of marijuana and for possession of methamphetamine, Percocet, drug paraphernalia, and less than 35 grams of marijuana. Downs was taken to the Laclede County Jail where she was placed on a 24-hour hold.

At 7:15 p.m. the same evening, troopers in Pulaski County arrested Justim M. Lawson, 24, of Republic, on an Eldon Police Department warrant for failure to appear on charges of driving while suspended and no insurance. They also filed additional charges of speeding 88 in a 55 mph zone, driving while suspended, failure to display valid plates and no insurance. Troopers took him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

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