Your next electric bill may be lower. Ameren says fuel and purchased power costs were lower in the first four months of the year, and the Public Service Commission says the average residential customer will see their Fuel Adjustment Charge drop by about 66 cents, starting at the end of May.
The youngest of the four men charged in a brutal triple homicide in Laclede County is scheduled for a pre-trial conference tomorrow morning in Camden County Circuit Court. Benjamin Stidham and three other men were charged with murder in the in the 2009 shooting deaths of Jeff and Glenda Smith of Phillipsburg and Zack Porter of Lebanon. His trial begins May 23rd.
The Miller County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, May 9th, in observance of Truman’s birthday, according to a notice from the County Commission.
With prom and graduation season here, law enforcement agencies in the Lakes Region will be stepping up patrols for drunk drivers. The drinking age in 21 in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers involved in accidents. Missouri has a zero tolerance law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you’re caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system.
The Camdenton branch of Penmac Staffing Services has received a Community Partnership Award from the Missouri Department of Corrections. Penmac was nominated for the award for its continued commitment to offer employment opportunities to parolees on active supervision.
A member of the Macks Creek Board of Aldermen walked out of this week’s meeting after clashing with the Mayor over minutes from prior meetings. Alderman Dee Seaton accused Mayor Joel Stoner of “covering up lies and deceit,” and gave a long list of grievances with city operations, including unapproved spending and allegation of nepotism. The mayor and two remaining aldermen were unable to conduct further business Tuesday because of a lack of quorum.
A judge has granted a a change- of- venue request in the murder trial of an Eldon man, and the case is being transfered to to LaClede County. 43-year-old Kelly Simono pleaded ‘not guilty’ to second-degree murder charges during his arraignment hearing Wednesday in Miller County Circuit Court. Judge Kenneth Hayden denied Simino’s request for a reduction of his $500,000 bond. Simino is charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, Brandi Mathews, who disappeared in 2006. Her remains were found in a creek bed near Eldon three years later.