If you thought your thanksgiving was a hard one to cook, just imagine feeding over 10,000 people. That’s what happened yesterday at Fort Leonard Wood as the annual thanksgiving dinner was served to members of the military. Each year the Fort serves it’s companies, battalion command teams, cadre and their friends and family members a thanksgiving meal. They also opened the doors to veterans and retired military personal. Sources say the 1,000 pounds of shrimp, four tons of turkey, 1,800 pies and 3,000 pounds of rib eye couple with other traditional foods made for a mighty fine meal. Plans are already underway for next year’s event.
An 11 year old boy is dead following a crash in Laclede County. According to reports, Tyler Green was riding in his mother, 31 year old Sarah Green, in their 2003 Dodge Durango heading westbound on highway 32 when they lost control of the vehicle due to ice and then traveled into the eastbound lane and struck a 1998 Ford Escape driven by 36 year old Adele Berry. Berry was taken to Mercy hospital in Lebanon while Sarah Green was taken to Mercy hospital in Springfield. All individuals were wearing seat belts.
One man is dead after police respond to a call for assault. According to the Highway Patrol, the Versailles Police Department and the Morgan County Sheriff’s department responded to an assault call on Wednesday afternoon. Officers arrived on scene on 2nd street in Versailles to find 41 year old Randall Roden of Versailles who had allegedly just assaulted another individual. Police attempting to subdue the uncooperative Roden by use of tasers, but Roden eventually reached for his gun and shot at the officers. According to the report, one of the bullets hit a deputy resulting in minor injuries. Police returned fire, which resulted in the death of Roden. An autopsy has been scheduled and the Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
A woman who went missing last week was found dead by a resident on Tuesday. According to the Highway Patrol Water Division, 81 year old Nancy Reppert of Laurie was found by a private citizen at the 7 Mile Mark near the Millstone Marina. Reppert was reported missing a week ago. According to sources, she lived on a houseboat at the Marina. At this time it is unknown what happened to cause her to end up in the water and drown. The case has been turned over to the Morgan County coroner’s office for review.
15 Million dollars. That is the amount determined by the jury set to go to a man who had his whole life flash in front of his eyes 4 ½ years ago. A jury trial has been underway regarding the case of Donald Black, who back in July of 2010, was fueling his 2000 Baja Special at the then Horny Toad Marina, now Camden on the Lake, and when he went to fire the engines, it exploded into flames. Jurors looked over evidence and talked to witnesses for nearly 3 weeks before coming back with their official decision. Camden on the Lake was not found liable for the situation, however, Baja boats operated by a company called Brunswick, was. Evidenced entered showed that a possible sever in the fuel line inside the boat lead to a large gas leak that lead to the boat catching fire. According to medical reports, Black had suffered from 3rd degree burns and had his heart stop nearly 60 times during the initial few weeks following the fire.
Here is the full release from the Camden county court
Moniteau county prosecutor Shayne Healea was in court this week after being formally charged last Friday with four counts of 2nd degree assault and one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Police allege he backed his truck into a downtown Columbia restaurant last month injuring four people. According to court documents, Healea was under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred. He has pled not guilty to the charges against him and was released on his own recognizance. He’s scheduled to appear in court December 2nd.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s department responded to a number of calls over the past week. Deputies responded to a report of rape, three calls for second and third degree assault, three for domestic assault, two for sexual offenses, two calls for illegal drugs, and one burglary. Deputies also took five reports of juvenile crimes between November 17th and the 23rd ranging from burglary and stealing to property damage. It was also reported that there are currently 166 inmates in the county jail including seven “ice” detainees.