The Camden County Commission has been busy this week with several local meetings filled with activities. The commission will hold 2 special meetings that are open to the public. The first takes place starting at 10am with a public comment period in addition to the acceptance of the E-911 Bids and a change in a Road Name. Then at 10:30 the commission will go into closed session to discuss personnel matters. Later in the day the commission will meet at 1pm with the Ball Parks of the Ozarks commission. Both meetings will take place at the county Courthouse in Camdenton.
A Laclede county couple is facing criminal charges after allegedly admitting that they physically abused their two children. 28 year old Richard Tubb told police that he hit his two children in the head with a hammer as punishment while his wife, 23 year old Brittny Tubb admitted biting one of them for the same reason. Richard Tubb has been charged with two counts of second degree domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action while his wife is charged with second degree domestic assault after police found facial bruises on both kids and a bite on the boy’s arm.
A Laclede county couple has been arrested by the lake area narcotics enforcement group. Police responded Monday to the 18 thousand block of gateway road with a search warrant where they found methamphetamine, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia. Timothy and Tasha Owens are both charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Both were booked into the Laclede county jail.
The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is conducting a feasibility study to explore the probability of expanding the Camelot estates sewer district. The purpose of the study is to understand the current capacity of the sewer treatment plant and identify its future potential. The study will also analyze the overall costs and benefits to both current and future customers. As part of the assessment process, several public meetings will be held to share findings and gather input from the public. The first meeting is scheduled for November 11th.
A newly formed group is asking Governor Nixon to grant clemency to 14 women in state prison who they believe were victims of domestic violence. The community coalition for clemency says some of the women have spent more than 30 years in prison and four of them are over the age of 65 and are serving life sentences. The group also believes it’s not uncommon for women to receive disproportionate sentences for their crimes compared to men and that battered spouse syndrome was not introduced at some of their trials which could’ve been used by juries to possibly come back with not guilty verdicts.
A special prosecutor may soon be appointed to decide charges against Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shane Healea who was arrested over the weekend for crashing his truck into Addison’s restaurant in Columbia, injuring four people. Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight is recusing himself from the case as both he and Healea serve together on the board of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Knight is the Association’s President and Healea is the President Elect of its Board of Directors. Healea has been charged with felony assault in the second degree and leaving the scene of an accident.
The man who was scheduled to be put to death just after midnight for murdering a Maries County mother and her two children in 1998 has received a stay of execution. The U.S. Supreme Court granted the stay for 35 year old Mark Christeson. 15 former State and Federal judges had asked the high court to halt the execution so that a further review of the case can be conducted as they say Christeson’s attorney missed a key deadline in the appeal process. Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman says he’s shocked and disappointed by the court’s ruling.