A Richland man has been arrested on felony drug charges. According to reports, John Vodicka who was already on probation and had failed to report to his probation officer was arrested after police searched his home and found marijuana, a bag of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two guns. Vodicka has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
A Fort Leonard Wood woman who is facing charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy has been granted a change of venue and will now go on trial in Camden County. 26 year old Natalie Kristen Westefeld was arrested by police in July of 2014 after being caught having sex with a 15 year old boy in the parking lot of the Lebanon high school. Westefeld has pled not guilty to the charges during a hearing in January. The request to move her trial to Camden County was granted this week however, a new trial date has not yet been scheduled.
Following last months click it or ticket campaign; the Osage Beach police department is now gearing up for a new mobilization event this month. The department will join other law enforcement agencies statewide in cracking down on seatbelt violators in an effort to reduce serious crash related injuries and highway fatalities. Police will especially be on the look out for teenagers not buckling up as statistics show that only 67 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts, and eight out of ten young people killed in traffic accidents are unbuckled. The youth seat belt enforcement mobilization is being held March 15th thru the 31st.
The state senate has approved a measure that sets higher weight limits on trucks carrying livestock on most Missouri roads. The senate voted yesterday (Thursday) 33 to 0 in favor of the legislation which expands current exemptions for milk trucks, allows livestock trucks to carry as much as 85,500 pounds and also allows them to exceed weight limits by ten percent for grain products during harvest seasons. The bill would apply to all state highways except interstates.
The Sunrise Beach fire protection district is holding a public hearing tonight (Thursday) regarding proposed changes to the district’s fire codes. Fire Chief Dennis Reilly says they’re looking forward to receiving input from the public.
Tonight’s public hearing is being held at the district’s administration building on highway five beginning at seven o’clock.
The Osage Beach board of alderman is scheduled to meet tonight (Thursday) in regular session. On the agenda is a bill authorizing the mayor to execute a change order regarding storm repairs being done at the city park. In other business, a resolution will be considered that would state the intent of the board to use the community improvement district policy when requested to use other existing or newly created economic development tools. A memorandum of understanding with lake regional heath systems will also be discussed as well as a bid award for a mower with a boom attachment. The board is also expected to go into closed session to discuss employee matters. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 in city hall.
The trial date for a Laclede County man accused of killing a father and his teenage son has been set. The double murder trial of Matthew Rumbaugh is scheduled to begin august 17th in Camdenton and is expected to last around five days. Rumbaugh is accused of fatally shooting Chad and Riley Gerber in July of last year. His trial was previously scheduled for May but Rumbaugh’s attorneys requested a change of judge last month and the earlier trial date was cancelled at the same time as well.