A California, Missouri man who pled guilty to first degree murder Friday has learned his fate. 68 year old Donald Bateman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting his son in law, 43 year old Antoine Johnson in September of last year. According to reports, an alcohol fueled argument took place while the two men were working on a water heater. In a plea agreement the death penalty was taken off the table when Bateman pled guilty to first degree murder.
And in a feel good story for the day, 4th grader Christian Abey of the Cole Camp area has won an Endurocross race. According to reports, Christian took up dirt bike racing at the age of 8 and earlier this year he won first place in the heat races held at the Ozark Empire fairgrounds in Springfield. He will next race in Tuscumbia for the More Trail race this month. His parents say they’re more than proud.
The nuclear regulatory commission has approved the continued operate of Ameren Missouri’s Callaway power plant, extending them for an additional 20 years in operation until 2044. This is an extension of the existing operational license that was granted in 1984 when the power plant signed on. Callaway produces 13,000 megawatts of energy which powers portions of Mid-Missouri as well as St. Louis.
Another Bald Eagle has been shot in the state of Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, this is the second time this year that a Bald Eagle has been shot. This shooting took place in Hamliton, a rural city in Caldwell County in the Northeast section of the state. Earlier this year a Bald Eagle had been shot in Plattsburg inside Clinton County. MDC officials say unlike the previous case, the one in Hamliton was no an adult bald eagle and therefore did not have a white top on its head which could have led to the confusion. Still, shooting any bird of prey is a violation of federal law.
Following last months click it or ticket campaign, the Osage Beach police department is preparing for a new mobilization event that begins Sunday. The department will join other law enforcement agencies statewide in cracking down on seatbelt violators in an effort to reduce serious injuries and highway fatalities. Police will especially be on the lookout for teenagers who are not buckled up as 8 out of 10 young people killed in traffic accidents are unbuckled. The mobilization runs thru March 31st.
The trial date of a former Morgan County pastor accused of numerous sex crimes in Moniteau County has been set. 44 year old Travis Smith was in court Friday where it was announced that a trial date of December 7th has been scheduled in California, Missouri. Smith faces several charges including forcible rape, second degree statutory rape, second degree statutory sodomy and sexual abuse related to alleged incidents dating back to 1998, 1999 and 2005. If convicted he faces up to life in prison.