A Macks Creek man is behind bars after an alleged kidnapping incident over the weekend. The Camdenton Police received a call just before 3 a.m. Sunday for a domestic situation at Wal-Mart. Upon arrival they spoke to an unidentified 20 year old female who was hiding in the restroom. The woman claimed her boyfriend took her against her will. 23 year old Travis Cole Stock was found at Wal-Mart and police determined he had a warrant for Failure to Appear in Saline County. He was placed on a 24-hour hold until an investigation showed he was the man who allegedly kidnapped the woman. He’s been charged with 1st Degree Kidnapping, 2nd Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Domestic Assault, 1st Degree Assault, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Bond has been set at $250,000 cash only.
The Miller County Courthouse is closed today. The closing is to allow officials and staff to attend the funeral of a longtime co-worker. Cindy Flaugher-Alieksaites had worked in the collectors office as deputy collector for 32 years. She passed away last week at the age of 63. The Miller County Courthouse will re-open for business at its usual time tomorrow morning.
A longterm project to improve wastewater issues in Versailles continues. Mayor Terry Silvey says the first two phases, installing an interceptor line to move more affluent and upgrading the treatment plant, have been completed with the city now in the third phase dealing with other sewer line issues which is close to being put out to bid and expected to be finished sometime next year. The final phase includes installing an additional main trunk line. Moving wastewater from the city to the treatment plant should bring the overall project to an end in the next two or three years. The wastewater project was made possible when residents gave the city overwhelming support to pursue up to $8.9 million dollars worth of funding in the form of a U.S. Rural Development bond.
Four of the five people arrested for DWI in the Lake Area this weekend were arrested for DWI incidents that resulted in accidents. One of the two arrests that occurred in Camden County did not involve an accident. There were also two DWI related accidents in Miller County, while one occurred in Morgan. Also arrested over the weekend was 27 year old Brandon Jensen of Macks Creek. Jensen was taken to the Camden County Jail on a felony warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service for a Probation Violation on Counterfeiting.
The City of Linn Creek will, apparently, be on the receiving end of a Small Borrower Loan from the Department of Natural Resources to help pay for relocating a sewer main. At issue is the sewer main currently attached to the Business Park Bridge which is identified by MoDOT as being structurally weak and in need of being relocated itself. The bridge relocation project is scheduled for July with the city responsible for footing the bill for the sewer relocation because of it being located inside MoDOT’s right of way. The Small Borrower Loan, when available, will be for $70-thousand and allow officials in Linn Creek to replenish cash having to be pulled from coffers now to be used for the sewer main project. The loan is expected to be approved during next week’s clean water commission meeting in Jefferson City.
Transportation needs in Miller County will be the main focus of attention during a pubic hearing scheduled for tonight in Iberia. County Commissioner Darrell Bunch says the get-together will allow citizens to learn more about a tax issue appearing on the April ballot.
Tonight’s public hearing, in the Iberia FEMA Building, begins at 6:00. The final public hearing on the tax issue is set for tomorrow night at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Ozark. It also begins at 6:00. The tax issue will be decided by Miller County voters on Tuesday, April 4th.
A Laclede County teacher has pled guilty to downloading child pornography while at the school. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the IT Director at Lebanon R-3 discovered that former junior high teacher 42 year old Evert Henry was downloading pornography onto his school-issued computer. After being indicted in February of last year, Henry admitted to the charges, claiming it occurred between January of 2011 and January of 2016.