Some Missouri lawmakers are concerned the State isn’t doing enough to prevent an ebola outbreak. At a public forum with state officials Wednesday, Republican Senators questioned whether emergency responders have the training and resources necessary to handle the deadly virus. Some lawmakers want Governor Nixon to issue a travel ban against those who have been to countries with ebola outbreaks. There are no cases of ebola in Missouri and the State’s health department says it’s difficult to contract the virus except thru close contact with bodily fluids. Officials also say regional training is planned to teach health care workers how to put on protective gear and follow recommended protocols.
A Laclede County Woman who was in court Tuesday has pleaded guilty to 2 out of 5 charges against her. 21 year old Kristin Prince is facing charges for taking part in a gang beating, torture and rape of a Niangua woman back in May of 2013. Prince is scheduled for a sentencing hearing to be held on December 11th. According to court documents, Prince plead guilty to the charges of Assault in the 1st degree and Armed criminal action.
Three Laclede County men were caught in the act of robbing a house in Richland. According to reports, the homeowner and his brother chased down the three men who allegedly burglarized his home twice. 26 year old Anthony Poletti, 35 year old Emmanuel Valenti and 33 year old Kevin Vetra have each been charged with a class “C” felony of second degree burglary. All three were released from the county jail Tuesday after posting a five thousand dollar bond.
Laurie police are still searching for the suspects believed to have broken into about ten storage units over the past few months, stealing thousands of dollars in valuables. Authorities say they still don’t have any leads in the case and are asking the public for help in identifying the individuals involved with the crime. Police are also asking neighbors to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
The Morgan County Board of Education has joined a growing list of School Boards that are coming out in opposition to Amendment Three, which deals with teacher tenure. During its meeting on Monday, the board approved a Missouri School Board Association resolution against the measure which would link a teacher’s job evaluation and pay with student performance. Recently three other Lake Area school boards announced their opposition to it including Camdenton R-3, Macks Creek R-5 and Warsaw R-9. Voters will decide the fate of Amendment Three on November 4th.
Camden County officials are looking at different options that could affect 260 employees due to the rising cost of health insurance premiums. The Camden County Commission is looking into possibly switching to a self funded plan which could save the county tens of thousands of dollars. It would also allow employees to continue receiving health insurance at no cost but they would have to pay premiums for dependents. Under the current plan, the cost per employee is around $450 a month and with a projected 25 percent increase for next year, the total cost to the county would be nearly $1.9 million dollars which is an increase of about $400 thousand dollars from 2014.
Efforts by three Laclede County inmates to break out of jail earlier this week were squashed by officers who found them crawling around in the ceiling. According to reports, a jail intake tower operator observed an inmate in “E” pod blocking her view of a utilities closet. The jailer reported seeing the door to the closet open which is normally locked with a padlock. Deputies then went to “E” pod and put the inmates on lockdown. It was then that they found three inmates missing who were then located in the ceiling.