Federal officials are reconsidering a long standing practice of sending military equipment to police departments due to the violence in Ferguson. The American Civil Liberties Union says police agencies have become excessively militarized and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill believes police responses like the one in Ferguson have become the problem instead of the solution. Some lawmakers in Washington are considering legislation to reverse what they call police militarization. The Senate Armed Services Committee will review the program to determine if the surplus equipment is being used as intended.
A number of items are on the agenda for this weeks meeting of the Camdenton Board of Alderman. The Board will hear monthly reports from several departments including police, fire, and public works. The board will consider an ordinance to establish the rate of taxes for municipal purposes for the year 2014 for the city. This will be followed by approval of a Sunday liquor by drink and package sales license for Malarkey’s pub & grill. Finally, the board will have a discussion about water and sewer rates. The meeting takes place Tuesday at city hall beginning at 7pm and is open to the public.
A golf cart accident at Riviera Resort leaves two in the hospital with serious injuries. 34 year old Korey Hart and 35 year old Dennis Good of Gardner, Kansas were driving a 2007 club car golf cart down a hill when they struck a stairway and overturned causing them both to be ejected from the vehicle. According to a Highway Patrol report, Good was transported to Lake Regional hospital and Hart was transported by staff for life to University Hospital in Columbia.
On Wednesday a narcotics investigation led officers to a residence in the 22000 block of pleasant drive. A baggie of marijuana, baggies that contained powder residue which tested positive for methamphetamine and pipes with visible residue were all seized by police during a search of the home. Clara Barton was arrested and is charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance. The investigation then turned up more when they also searched a car that belonged to Barton’s daughter. Officers seized bags of marijuana and a baggie of crystal like substance which tested positive as methamphetamine from the vehicle. Dianna Davis was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.
Large wakes were too much for a small boat on the Lake Friday afternoon sending one passenger to the hospital. According to the Highway Patrol’s Water Division, just before 2pm St. Louis natives William and Barbara Selbert were traveling over a series of boat wakes at the 21 mile marker in their 19FT Yamaha Runabout. 53 year old Barbara was seated in the bow and injured her back when they hit the wake and she fell in the boat. Barbara was then transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with moderate injuries.
Details have emerged from the fatal crash that closed down traffic on Highway 54 for most of Friday evening. According to a report from the Highway Patrol, 70 year old Camilla Wilson of Eldon crossed the center median crossover at Highway 54 just east of Lakeland Drive in her 2014 Hyundai Sonata and traveled into the path of a 2007 Peterbilt semi truck that then struck the rear end of her vehicle. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Miller County Coroner and her passenger 76 year old Luella Campbell of Kaiser was transported by staff for life to University Hospital in Columbia where she is fighting for her life with serious injuries. This is State Highway Patrol Troop F’s 4th fatality for August and 45th for the year.
The Deputy who’s heart stopped while acting on a search warrant at a drug house in Miller County is still recovering but is back home and out of the hospital. Earlier this year, officer Tom McClelland from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office was among other team members during a raid when he fell to the ground and stopped breathing. Officers performed CPR and eventually McClelland was transported to a hospital in Springfield where he slowly recovered. While doctor’s are unsure why his heart stopped, Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott is happy he’s home
A golf tournament to benefit the deputy happened this Friday at the Redfield golf course in Eugene and anyone who is interested in donating to the benefit, but isn’t interested in participating in the tournament, can do so by contacting the Eldon V.F.W post or the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.