Drug Take Back Program Taking Place This Saturday

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The Osage Beach Police Department is joining with a number of law enforcement agencies for the DEA’s drug take back program. Sergeant Arlyne Page says this is a good, safe way for residents get ride of any unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

She says the Osage Beach Police Department will be putting on the event this Saturday:

Residents can drop off prescription or over the counter medications; however, no illegal drugs will be permitted. The drug take back program is being held from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday at the Osage Beach Police Department located inside city hall.

Camden County Death Ruled Natural

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The Camden County Medical Examiner has ruled the man who was found dead at a lake area campground has died of natural causes. His body was found Sunday afternoon by hikers who then called the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. The identity of the man has not yet been released.

MODOT Unveils New Technology

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has a message for drivers. The department is looking at using a long range acoustical device or “l-Rad” in hopes of getting the attention of motorists when road crews are out working on the highways. However, MODOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch says the technology is not being used at this time.

The long range acoustic device puts out up to 153 decibels and would alert drivers to road conditions by shooting a loud verbal message through the windshield. L-Rad technology could be implemented in the next year or two and would cost $25-thousand dollars per device.

Two People Have Been Arrested On Drug Charges

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol has arrested two people near Lebanon on drug charges. Police say the suspects were on their way home from a festival Sunday night in Eldridge and were found to be in possession of psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, LSD and hashish as well as drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. The driver, Patrick Raymond Simmons has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute while a passenger, Joshua Luke Spurlock of New Haven was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Both were booked into the Laclede County Jail.

Missouri House Approves A Bill That Allows The Use Of Marijuana For Treament Of Epilepsy

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The Missouri House has given approval to a bill that allows the use of a cannabis extract in the treatment of epilepsy. The house has endorsed the legislation that would permit the use of the hemp extract known as “CBD” which would give patients little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high. Patients would need to have epilepsy that a neurologist has determined is not responding to at least three treatment options. Growers would have to be non-profit organizations and be licensed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The house gave first round approval to the measure yesterday and will need to give it one more affirmative vote before it goes to the senate.

Missouri Death Row Inmate Executed Just After Midnight

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A man convicted of killing a southeast Missouri couple in 1993 has been executed. 57 year old William Rousan was put to death just after midnight. Governor Jay Nixon denied Rousan clemency yesterday and the U.S. Supreme Court also turned down a request to delay the execution. Missouri has executed one death row inmate a month since November. Another inmate, Russell Bucklew is scheduled to be put to death on May 21. Only Texas with seven executions has put to death more inmates than Missouri so far in 2014.

Springfield Man Already Charged For Murder Could Face More Charges

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A Springfield football coach accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl is facing more charges following an autopsy report. Craig Michael Wood was charged with the death of Hailey Owens in February, and could now be charged with rape and sodomy. Wood abducted Owens while she was walking home from a friend’s house, just two blocks from her home. Law enforcement later found Owens body in the basement of wood’s home. Wood is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday in Greene County.