The Missouri State Highway Patrol is about the start checking school buses as a part of their annual school bus fleet checks across the state. The inspections occur twice a year in the spring and the fall. Last year it was estimated that Highway Patrol check over 12,000 buses alone between February and the end of May. Last year 85% of the schools buses in our state passed inspection while 12% didn’t meet the minimum requirements and officers gave the districts 10 days to make necessary repairs. They also failed 3% of the buses and they were required to be repaired before being returned to service.
Residents who want to voice their opinion for the upcoming budget for Camden County will be able to do so tomorrow (Friday) at a public hearing being held at the county courthouse. The hearing will occur at 10AM in the 3rd floor conference room. The commission is expected to vote on the proposed budget soon.
An accident in Morgan County sends several people to the hospital Wednesday night. According to the Highway Patrol, 28 year old Mallory Mahon of Osborn was attempting to make a left turn in her 2015 Chrysler 200 when she failed to yield to a 2011 Ford E-350 van in the westbound lane driven by 29 year old Ryan Hoffa of Stover. 4 people were injured inside the van including 53 year old Robert Hensley, 37 year old Travis Rudloff, 33 year old Travis Gerdy and 46 year old Jeffrey Eaton all from Versailles. All were transported to Lake Regional for treatment and everyone was wearing their seatbelts.
State Lawmakers will not get that raise after all. According to reports, State senators decided today (Thursday) by a vote of 31 to 3 to block the pay increase for themselves and Governor Nixon following feedback from several residents. The house had voted earlier this week 133-15 to block it as well. It was halted shortly on Wednesday when Senate Democrats held a filibuster saying the current pay isn’t enough, but they backed off it and allowed the bill to pass ending the pay increase of $4,000 for Legislators and 8% for the Governor and state officials. The pay raise would have gone into effect in 2016.
The Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon says he’s not stepping down and has filed for an appeal as allowed by law. Earlier this week the Missouri Department of Public Safety revoked his peace officer’s license after he pled guilty to charges in a case of harassment with a Belle police officer. Following that, the County commission elected to request him to step down and threatened that they would attempt to have him removed if he did not. Because Dixon does not have his license, he cannot do anything with policing in the state. He will have a hearing in Cole county on Friday at 2pm.
The trial of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s toddler has ended in a guilty verdict yesterday (Wednesday) in Cass County court. According to court documents, the jury found T.J. Presley guilty of 1st degree murder and child abuse in the death of 3 year old Blake Litton back in February of 2012. Blake’s mother, Jamie Litton still faces a 1st degree murder charge and her trial is expected to take place in Laclede County later this year. Both cases were moved to different counties on a change of venue due to the media exposure the case received. It is unknown when the sentencing hearing will take place.