A Richland man is one of three suspects arrested in connection with a brutal beating and robbery that left an elderly man from Swedeborg in critical condition. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s department says 57 year old Roby Sapere of Richland has been charged with first degree assault and first degree burglary in the incident which left 82 year old Robert Willhite in critical condition. Sapere is being held on one million dollars bond. The investigation also led to the apprehension of Vernon Dale Parker, a fugitive with warrants who has been charged with burglary in Osage Beach and two other locations in Miller County. Parker has not been charged in this case.
A local organization is marking the beginning of a new partnership with local non-profit agencies and businesses. Camden County Developmental Resources held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for its recently acquired property on keystone industrial drive in Camdenton. The organization’s executive director Ed Thomas says the property will serve a three fold purpose.
Thomas says the new facility will serve the community in a variety of ways.
Thomas says the new facility will be open in the next 30 to 45 days.
Efforts to promote businesses on the west end of the Grand Glaize bridge will get underway this fall. Organizers hope that more than 200 businesses will participate in what’s being called “Passport to the parkway” in order to help jump start the area’s economy. The event will include discounts and specials from participating businesses in order to attract people back to the west end. Shoppers will be given coupons and a passport that can be stamped in order to qualify for entry into a drawing for several prizes. The planned event comes on the heels of recent meetings by the Citizens Advisory Committee. Passport to the Parkway is scheduled for October 1st thru the 8th.
An escaped inmate thought to be on his way to the lake area has been caught. Brandon McGee was apprehended Wednesday night at the home of an acquaintance in Sedalia after escaping last Thursday from the Pettis County Jail. According to authorities McGee escaped by dismantling some plumbing in the shower room and made his way thru the hole into a service corridor that led to an exit. According to police he surrendered peacefully and say there are no plans at this time to arrest the resident of the house where McGee was hiding.
A Laclede County man who shot and killed a Black Bear in June is now facing criminal charges. The Prosecutors office has charged Jimmy Don Slavens with 3 class “A” misdemeanors. Slavens reportedly was driving on Jadestone road when a Black Bear ran out in front of his truck and became trapped between the truck and a fence. Slavens then shot and killed the bear. He has been charged with illegally possessing, disposing and killing of wildlife. Black Bears are a protected species in Missouri.
A Roach woman was killed in an ATV accident Wednesday night at Friar Tuck and Robin Hood Lane in Camden County. According to the Highway Patrol, 71 year old Alice Vanmeter was thrown from an ATV after she traveled off the roadway, struck a tree stump and a concrete retaining wall. Vanmeter then landed on a driveway below the retaining wall. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Camden County medical examiner. The Highway Patrol says Vanmeter was not wearing a helmet.
Three individuals who had been arrested in an all out manhunt were charged Tuesday in Pulaski County Court. According to Sheriff Ron Long, the 3rd person wanted in connection with the robbery and injury to an 82 year old man from Swedeborg was picked up Tuesday morning. Pulaski County deputies tracked the person of interest, Vernon Dale Parker, into the Fulton area and apprehended him. He had already been charged with burglary and theft in Osage Beach as well as two other locations inside Miller County. Also arrested was 24 year old Jessica Berry of Dixon, 35 year old Thomas York of Dixon and 57 year old Roby Sapere of Richland. In the probable cause statement from the Sheriff’s office, deputies heard the victim screaming for help when they arrived. They found him lying on the floor, bound with his hands to his feet with duct tape and half naked. He had been severely beaten where his eyes where swollen shut. There were five other individuals who also were picked up during the manhunt and they will receive separate charges. The elderly man is still in critical condition at this time.