The Missouri Highway Patrol will investigate the alleged physical altercation at the Morgan County Courthouse last week. County Treasurer Louelle Pryor called 911 march 5th during a confrontation in which she alleges she was body shoved into a door by a courthouse employee. The Versailles Police Department responded to the scene, but has decided to hand the case over to the Missouri Highway Patrol due to conflict of interest. As of Monday, not all parties had made official statements, and it is not clear if any charges will be filed or not.
A judge has denied the request from a mid-Missouri teen killer to set aside her guilty plea from 2012. Alyssa Bustamante testified in court in January that she wouldn’t have pleaded guilty to the slaying of her neighbor 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten if she would have known about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case involving juvenile murder defendants. Bustamante was facing charges of first degree murder, but pleaded guilty to second degree murder in January, and was granted life in prison with the possibility of parole. Bustamante was just 15 years old when she brutally murdered Olten, and buried her in a wooded area in Jefferson City.
A woman from the Lake of the Ozarks died on Wednesday while scuba diving in Mexico. According to an account from a fellow diver Elizabeth “Libby” Holland broke a fin strap in the middle of the dive, at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, and signaled to their leader that she was going to surface. She reportedly surfaced alone. Holland then allegedly flagged down a nearby vessel and asked the occupants to radio her group’s boat, to have it come pick her up. When that boat arrived, Holland was reportedly face-down in the water, with her respirator out of her mouth. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday but no results have emerged yet.
The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments has been awarded a $113,800 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to conduct a sewer line extension feasibility study in the area known as the Camelot Estates Sewer District. This planning activity will be used to develop and identify current infrastructure, recommend suitable locations for potential long-term investments and improve water quality in the region. A proposed expansion has the potential to lower the monthly rates currently paid by the users of the Camelot Estates facility, as well as reduce the number of permitted outflow points and number of structures using on-site wastewater systems in the area. Contributing partners in this collaborative effort include Camden County Health Department, Camden County Assessor, Camden County Wastewater Department, Camden County Sewer Board, Missouri Spatial Data Information Services and the Missouri Association of Council of Governments.
State Senators are considering big changes to Missouri’s set of criminal laws. The proposed criminal code was introduced in the senate through a 1,100-page bill, SB 491 which is a bipartisan proposal that calls for many necessary and sweeping changes to the state’s criminal law. The new code would, in some cases, distribute justice and punishment differently since some first-time offenses would carry less weight and repeat offenses would carry more. For example, a first-time marijuana possession offense would not come with a jail sentence. The proposed code also adds new classifications for felony and misdemeanor crimes, which could give prosecutors and defense attorneys more options. The senate could debate the bill next week.
The Camdenton R-III School Board is looking into the district’s different options regarding how to save money on employee’s insurance. One option the district has is to start a health risk management program. This program would cost the district $5 per employee each month but the goal is to reduce the risk of paying higher claims in the future. The management program is just one option the district has. They could also raise each employee’s deductibles, raise the limit of the district’s stop-loss deductible or make changes to their plan. As of now the school board is planning on continuing looking into their options and deciding what to do sometime in the spring.
A $100,000 low-interest loan from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will help the Camden County Public Water Supply District No. 5 as it plans to construct additional grinder stations, manholes, cleanouts and valves to connect 15 homes in the Mission Hills West subdivision to the current wastewater collection system. The total cost of the project is estimated at $255,000 and work is expected to be completed in May. This loan will be financed through repayments of loans made from water pollution control bonds. A portion of the funding will be designated toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects.