Superbowl 49 is about to take place this Sunday afternoon and an area star is one of the ones who will be playing on the field. Justin Britt was once a star at the Lebanon High School but now he plays for the Seattle Seahawks and he’ll be on the field for the game. Britt had been out for several weeks with a sore knee but according to reports, he’s expected to be on the lineup this Sunday. Britt graduated in 2009 and was the left tackle that helped lead the Yellowjackets to the playoffs. He attended the University of Missouri as an offensive lineman and is currently in his rookie season in the NFL. We have full coverage of Superbowl 49 starting at 3pm on our sister station 935 ROCKS.
The former postal worker from who was involved in an incident between a 14 year old girl back in July of 2013 at the Shiner’s Club in Warsaw now has a trial date. 53 year old Jeffrey Spry is being charged with Statutory Sodomy in the 1st and 2nd degrees along with deviate sexual intercourse. His trial date will be February 23rd at 9AM in Polk County on a change of venue from Benton County. Spry was taken into custody by the Benton County Sheriff’s Department back in August of 2013 after the parents of the 14 year old girl found a text message on her IPAD that was sexual in nature.
A Laclede County Judge has finally sentenced a man who had pleaded guilty to several counts of animal abuse back in November of 2014. According to court documents, Thomas Oviatt was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Steven Jackson to one year in the county jail for five of the counts, however, that sentence was suspended and Oviatt was instead placed on two years of supervised probation. He will also be required to put forth 120 hours of community service and will be restricted from owning any livestock in the future. Last year the Animal Cruelty Task Force discovered several horses and cattle on Oviatt’s property that were all underweight and abused.
A discarded cigarette may have been the cause of a late night fire in Osage Beach that has caused some damage near the L.V. Nails store. According to the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, firefighters were toned out around 8:51pm on Friday to the 5000 block of the Parkway inside a shopping center next to Grand Rally go karts. Upon arrival crews discovered a fire on the exterior of the building and quickly attacked it limiting damage to the structure.
The Osage Beach Police Department is reporting that an accident early Saturday morning has resulted in one fatality. According to Sergeant Arlyne Page, officers responded to a call of someone blaring their horn around the 6 to 700 block of Lazy Day’s Road. When officers arrived they discovered a black 2007 Mercury Milan which had been involved in a crash. The sound of the hour was because the airbag had been deployed. Initial studies are showing that the vehicle may have been going to fast, lost control and the driver over corrected then struck a tree. The driver was 23 year old Nicholas Voorhees of Osage Beach, he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Judge ruled on Friday that the Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon can keep his Peace Officer’s License. According to the court report, Cole County Judge Jon Beetem ruled that the revocation of Dixon’s license would be stayed until the Department of Public Safety’s review was finished. The Judge said that there was no evidence that Dixon had not been compliant with the terms of his probation. Dixon will be able to remain in as Sheriff until their review is finished. At this time it is unknown where the County Commission stands on their decision to ask him to step down.
An Osage County jailer has been charged with having sexual contact with an inmate following an investigation by the Osage County Sheriff’s office. A probable cause statement shows that surveillance video identified Shawn Horan engaging in activities that appear to be in violation of the policy. Following an interview with the female inmate, it was discovered that the two had grown close and developed feelings for one another. He’s being charged with one count of sexual contact with a prisoner and his bond is set at $5,000.