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Sheriff’s office identifies woman as homicide victim

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EXCELSIOR SPRING – After finding a body Feb. 11, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the victim as Alesha Jane Reade, 45, Independence.

Her death is not believed to have occurred where law enforcers found the body, Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Hays said.

“We don’t have a pure crime scene yet, so we’re assuming the body was probably placed there along the road in the wooded area afterward,” he said.

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Book of short stories offers long memories

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RICHMOND – Love, infidelity, endurance, desperation, hope, aging, exuberance, relationships at all levels… The vivid spectrum of human experience is arrayed in gorgeous detail in Rose Marie Kinder’s collection of shorts, “A Common Person and Other Stories.” Kinder from everyday life forges sincere, powerful revelations about what goes into being human, sometimes in glory and sometimes in shame, and told always with a genius for emotional honesty that eschews the maudlin in favor of the real. I enjoyed every story, the easy way in which the reader is introduced to likable and detestable characters.