Several arrests have been made over the past week by the Camdenton police department. 37 year old Tasha Judy of Camdenton was arrested for supplying alcohol to a minor while 75 year old Shirley brown of sunrise beach was charged with driving while suspended and defective equipment. 68 year old john long of Camdenton was arrested for parole violation while 43 year old Tracy pierce of also Camdenton was picked up for probation violation, and 30 year old Nicole Weems was arrested on a Camden County warrant for failure to appear and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Ameren Missouri’s Callaway nuclear power plant near Fulton has been shut down due to an electrical equipment failure. However, both Ameren and federal regulators say there is no risk to the public. The cause of the shutdown is still being determined and it’s unclear as to when the plant will start generating electricity again.
Local law enforcement agencies will be out in full force this month as part of a national effort to reduce drunk driving. “The holiday DWI campaign” runs December 12th thru January 1st and will consist of high visibility enforcement in order to curb substance impaired driving over the holidays. According to the state Highway Patrol, 41 people were killed and 242 seriously injured between December 13th and January 1st of last year. Four of those fatalities and 32 of the serious injuries involved substance impaired drivers.
The Osage Beach board of alderman will meet Thursday in regular session. On the agenda is a bill authorizing the mayor to execute a contract modification with Hutchins telecom for city storm damage repairs at Osage Beach city park. The board will also consider a bill authorizing the mayor to execute a revised lease agreement with the state for the Missouri Veterans Commission and is also expected to approve the 2015 annual budget. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 in city hall.
State republican legislative leaders are looking to appeal a court ruling requiring officials to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. Senate president pro tem Tom Dempsey and house speaker Tim Jones have filed a motion asking to intervene in a Jackson County court case so they can appeal it to the state supreme court. In October, a judge ruled that Missouri must recognize same sex couples who got married elsewhere even though Missouri has a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. Attorney General Chris Koster decided not to appeal the case, however he is appealing separate federal and state rulings striking down the gay marriage ban.
A man involved in a triple homicide in Laclede County has learned his fate. Jacky Wong of Springfield pled guilty to three counts of second degree murder in September for participating in the 2009 killing of Jeffrey and Glenda Smith along with Zachary Porter. Wong was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison on each of the 3 counts, to run concurrently and is expected to testify against another suspect in the case, 21 year old Benjamin Stidham. Two other accomplices have already been sentenced and are serving three consecutive life sentences.