Sad news today as staff is confirming that State Auditor Tom Schweich has died. According to reports, he was admitted to a St. Louis hospital for a medical condition. Staff members for Schweich said that Schweich had shot himself but no one is sure why he did it. Governor Jay Nixon says that he joins all Missourians in mourning the passing of the state auditor who he calls a brilliant devoted and accomplished public servant.
Significant safety changes are being made in the Morgan County r-2 school district in Versailles following an incident this week in which a child left the elementary school with a stranger. According to a statement released by Principal Joni Spalding, the school is very concerned and is working to make sure an incident like what happened on Monday does not happen again. Spalding went on to say “student safety is of utmost importance and they are constantly working to improve routines and procedures and are very sorry that the incident occurred. Apparently a family friend arrived to pick up a little girl but was given the wrong child. The adult then took the child’s hand went outside, spoke to her for a moment and then returned to the office. The confusion arose when two little girls approximately the same age, both sick and coming from the nurse’s office were being picked up at the same time. According to some reports, the woman took the little girl outside to make a point and see how far she could get before school officials noticed she had been given the wrong child.
Miller County prosecutor Ben Winfrey has charged two brothers with felony possession of methamphetamine and several other crimes following a traffic stop in Lake Ozark. James and Andy Wallis are both in the Miller County jail after police searched the suspect’s vehicle and found meth, drug paraphernalia, knives and a hatchet. James Wallis is also facing charges of assault on a member of law enforcement after he allegedly kicked and kneed one of the arresting officers. Andy Wallis is also on probation for second degree assault and was wanted by authorities at the time of his arrest.
The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group took part in a drug bust that netted a large amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills. LANEG along with the Maries County sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at a residence in belle and discovered the illegal drugs along with items related to the distribution of controlled substances and also a handgun. Three suspects, Taylor Martinez, Brittany Herron and Megan Moreland were taken to the Maries County jail pending formal charges. A four year old child was also removed from the home.
A family of four has been displaced after their home caught fire in Gravois Mills earlier this week. Firefighters responded to the blaze in the 3100 block of highway 135 on Tuesday. There were no injuries reported and the family, consisting of two adults and two children is now staying with relatives and receiving assistance from the Red Cross.
The results are in from this year’s click it or ticket campaign conducted by the Osage Beach police department. A total of 30 vehicles were stopped which led to a felony arrest, one DWI arrest, three hazardous moving citations, and several non-hazardous moving citations along with 17 written warnings. The Osage Beach police department joined other law enforcement agencies in taking part in the statewide mobilization on February 20th.
The only clinic in Missouri that performs abortions could be subject to an annual inspection by the state’s health department under a bill that’s been approved by the house. Yesterday (Wednesday) the house voted 119 to 35 approving the measure that supporters say will ensure women’s safety is protected. According to one state lawmaker, a 2013 inspection found several safety violations at the St. Louis clinic which is run by Planned Parenthood. The bill now goes to the senate for consideration.