Missing 4 year old child, Lance Webb Jr., from Pulaski County was located in Galion, Ohio early this morning in good health. The child was surrendered to authorities in Galion just after midnight Mar. 9 by his biological father, and appeared to be in good health. The suspect 30-year-old Christopher Wetherall was arrested by Ohio authorities in Galion at approximately 6:00 am Mar. 9 without incident. He is currently being held at the Galion Police Department’s Jail under a Pulaski County arrest warrant for Child Kidnapping—a class A felony and is being held on $250,000 bond. The extradition process will begin Monday in which the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Prosecuting Attorney are seeking the return of Wetherall for trial. At this point Investigators say that it is not believed that Webb’s biological father, who is an Ohio resident, was involved with the kidnapping; therefore, no criminal charges are expected to be filed against him.
Missouri authorities have issued an endangered person advisory for a four year old boy who was reported missing after his caretaker failed to turn him over to the custody of his grandparents. Lance Webb was last seen at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at 26311 Samantha Lane in Waynesville and is described as a white male, 36 inches tall, weighing 40 pounds, with dark blond hair, hazel eyes, a scar on the right side of his mouth, two scars under his left eye and a cast on his left leg. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department reports that Christopher Wetherall is a suspect in the case and is described as a white male, age 29, height 5’8″, weighing 200 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. His vehicle is described as a black and silver 2004 Dodge Ram bearing Colorado license plate 377CQB. Authorities ask that anyone having any information related to the case please report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
The Camden County Sheriffs Department has released the names of the 40-year-old man and toddler found dead in their home on Friday. The Camden County Sheriffs Department, Camdenton Police Department, and the Camden County Medical Examiners Office are currently investigating the deaths of 40-year-old Robert William Burns and 2-year-old Sadie Marie Burns. Camden County Sheriffs Department responded to the residence in the 7300 block of State Highway D to find Robert Burns and Sadie Burns deceased in their home. According to law enforcement, there is no evidence of foul play. The two have been transported to Southwest Missouri Forensics in Springfield Missouri for autopsy. The cause of death will be released once the Medical Examiners release the final report.
With attendance at Missouri’s 13 casinos down almost 9 percent from last year lawmakers are starting to question the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling to fund key programs. Missouri relies on two sources of casino revenues. A portion of a per-patron fee is used to pay for the operations of the Missouri Veterans Commission and a state tax on casino revenues helps fund public schools. State officials are citing this winter’s cold weather among the causes for the revenue decline. In response the House has approved an additional $22 million for public schools and lawmakers are considering a temporary funding boost to help the Veterans’ Commission.
The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen recently approved a multi-page policy designed to promote employee relations and morale through a prompt and impartial set of guidelines. The policy sets up a chain of command for employees to follow if they have employment concerns or complaints. Under the new grievance policy employees are given two ways to resolve an issue: informal and formal.
Informal resolution involves an employee discussing an issue with his or her supervisor in hopes of resolving the problem. Formal resolution starts the actual process of filing a grievance through his or her immediate supervisor. If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the employee the grievance can be taken to the city administrator who can make a final determination. The city administrator’s decision can be appealed to the Board of Aldermen.
A new bill introduced to the Missouri State House of Representatives would require limiting monthly pseudoephedrine-based medications from 9 to 7.2 grams, cap yearly pseudoephedrine purchases to 60 grams, and lower the legal amount of pseudoephedrine a person can possess from 24 grams to 14.4 grams. Similar legislation has been introduced before as a way to counteract bills that would make all pseudoephedrine purchases prescription only. At the core of the limited purchase versus prescription-only debate is the state’s ongoing meth problem. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in making the highly-addictive drug and users will purchase the drug in large amounts in order to cook meth. The new bill which is named HB 1787 is currently being debated in the house’s judiciary committee.
The Mid-County Fire Protection District is hoping for a “yes” vote during the April election. Mid-County Fire Chief Scott Frandsen says the board decided to put the tax levy back on the ballot, and it is the exact same scenario put forth in November.
Frandsen then goes on to say that this tax levy increase would prevent the fire station from having to close stations, and sell equipment. He also discusses a few reasons behind the decision:
The citizens committee will meet again tomorrow night at 6pm, anyone interested in more than welcome to come.