Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Governor Jay Nixon has ordered additional national guardsmen to the city. The guard is providing security at the Ferguson police department which will allow additional law enforcement officers to protect the public.
A plan to free up more space in Missouri’s prisons may go before voters in 2016. Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced his office has received an initiative petition that calls for rewriting state law to repeal sentences for non-violent drug offenders which call for no probation or parole. It would also create new sentencing guidelines to guarantee the amount of time non-violent drug offenders will serve before being eligible for parole. Kander says the 30 day public comment period is now open on the secretary of state’s website at sos.mo.gov.
The Miller County Sheriff’s office announced on Monday afternoon that they have arrested a man who was being sought for stealing cattle and attempting to take them into Moniteau County. According to Sheriff Abbott, Michael Shane Webb was arrested for stealing cattle at the Olean Sale Barn on Saturday. Webb apparently took the cattle down highway 87 and was stopped by Moniteau County Sheriff’s Deputies as he was heading towards highway 50. Web is being held at the County detention center on a $200,000 bond.
The Village of Four Seasons Board of Trustees will consider approving a voluntary annexation when it meets in special session next week. The voluntary annexation request is from chase resorts doing business as the Lodge of Four Seasons which involves additional property west of the entrance road including Avila condominiums. Also included are season’s bay and a number of rental units on the waterfront. A request is also being made that would allow the village to form a Missouri clean energy district to seek financing for energy saving upgrades. A public hearing on the proposed annexation is scheduled for December 3rd at 2pm which will be followed by the special meeting of the board of trustees.
A petition is being circulated requesting the state auditor’s office conduct a separate investigation into the case of an employee being investigated by police for embezzling money from the Camdenton school district. Former district parent Nancy Steward is heading up the petition effort. She says the reason she wants a separate audit is because the investigation currently being conducted only goes back a few years and the employee is thought to have worked at the school for at least 12 years. Steward alleges the district has not been forthcoming about where the money came from and is also considering a petition to ask the state to audit the entire school district’s finances. According to school superintendent Tim Hadfield, an official audit has just been completed by independent auditors. Camdenton Police Chief Laura Wright also says they hope to have charges against the employee referred soon.
The Missouri Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing tonight (Monday) in Warsaw. The PSC is looking to receive customer comments regarding a case filed by the Missouri American Water Company. The M.A.W.C. is seeking approval from the commission to install and operate a sewer system in Benton County near Warsaw. The request would allow the company to provide sewer service to around 365 customers in an area currently served by the Benton County sewer district #1. Tonight’s meeting starts at six o’clock and is being held at the Knights of Columbus hall on highway 83.
The search continues for an elderly woman who went missing late last week. The 81 year old was last seen on Thursday and lives on a houseboat at millstone marina located at near the end of state route “O” in Morgan County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the search for the woman will continue on land and divers will also be searching for her near the marina.