A Miller man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after shooting at an airplane. According to court documents, 38 year old David Dickenson was charged in an indictment by the federal grand jury out of Springfield this month. Dickenson allegedly attempted to quote “Set fire, damage, destroy, disable and wreck” and airplane that was engaged in crop dusting on December 3rd of 2014. Dickenson had apparently shot at the plane then attempted to hide or get rid of the gun to prevent being caught by law enforcement.
The Missouri Department of Transportation continues to keep the old Route 66 bridge over the Gasconade river closed since it had been found to have structural issues by inspectors late last year. Area Engineer Bob Lynch says they just finished a deeper inspection to the bridge this week
Lynch says MODOT will have to make and consider several decisions including costs to repair the old bridge. Several area groups have been advocating it’s restoration as a historical part of the Route 66 heritage.
One of the 15 people who have filed a lawsuit against an area company has asked to be dismissed from the civil suit. This Monday, the law firm of Humphrey, Farrington and McClain filed a notice to dismiss their client Kathy Golembiewski against Copeland Scroll Compressors and other companies in the area that have been accused of negligently injuring multiple employee’s to hazardous chemicals. Golembiewski wants to be dismissed without prejudice which would give her the option to file again at a later date if she desired. 14 Others however remain in the area lawsuit including Michael Moore of Richland, Diana Steinhauer of Camdenton and several others from the Lebanon area.
A Dixon man was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident at the Miller and Maries County lines last night (Thursday) at 8pm. According to the Highway Patrol, 66 year old Darrell Humphrey was traveling westbound in his 1992 Ford F-150 on Highway 42 when he swerved to avoid a deer, traveled of the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert then a tree. Humphrey was flown by staff for life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
The Camden County University of Missouri Extension office has elected new officers as part of the statewide elections that were held through the month of January. Those who have been added to the council include Paul DiBello, Courtney Lent, Kwabena Asante, Shawn Dandoy and John Suellentrop in District 1, Craig Smith for District 2 and Robert Morris in District 3. The new members will be in office for two years starting March 3rd.The extension office helps educate and inform the public on what resources are available for them in the county with Farming, Gardening and general agriculture.
The woman whose boyfriend was just found guilty of murdering her 3 year old toddler in 2012 and she herself still faces a trial for 1st degree murder now has something else to deal with, she’s pregnant. According to the Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt, one night Jamie Litton purposely clogged her toilet and directed staff to repair it. According to his report, the male inmate entrusted with work duties at the jail was suppose to be escorted to fix it, but instead was allowed to go alone and subsequently had time to have consensual sex with Litton. The Sheriff’s office has done an internal investigation into the matter and has since let go of the watch tower employee who should have escorted the inmate. Litton will be responsible for her own medical costs because she is responsible for getting pregnant and the state officials are aware of the situation and plan to make an official decision on what will happen to the newborn soon.
An area Elementary school has been recognized as the first ever Purple Heart Elementary school not only in the state, but in the entire United States. According to a report, the Crocker Elementary school was recognized by the Springfield chapter of the Purple Heart back in November of 2014 but elected to celebrate the designation earlier this week. Students from the fifth grade recited the constitution while the sixth grade sang America the Beautiful for the Veterans in attendance at the event.