The Lake Area Narcotic’s Enforcement Group has successfully completed another drug bust in the community. According to reports, LANEG working with the Maries County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant off Highway 28 just west of Vienna. 3 people were arrested in the search including 37 year old Cassidy Starostki, 38 year old Brendan Starostki and 54 year old Kyle Hutchison. Deputies found methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, stolen firearms and other items. All three individuals have been charged and are behind bars.
The arraignment date for a man accused of killing a Laclede county man and his son has been set. Matthew Rumbaugh pled not guilty on Wednesday in front of Judge Larry Winfrey. The Judge denied Rumbaugh’s request for Bond and set the date for November 3rd for arraignment. Rumbaugh is accused of killing Chad Gerber and wounding his son Riley Gerber who later died due to his injuries. Additionally, Gerber’s mother Jessica Frank has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Rumbaugh.
Two Major Events are happening on the water this weekend and the Highway Patrol Water Division among others are advising boaters to be cautious. All day Saturday and Sunday competitors in the Two Dam Day’s Kayak race will be paddling from Warsaw at Truman Dam to Lake Ozark at Bagnell Dam. Also this weekend is the Big Bass Bash, an event where amateur fishermen can compete for cash prizes up to $70,000 dollars. If you plan to boat, keep a sharp eye out for these competitors as they compete all this weekend.
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Missouri’s Attorney General Chris Koster regarding a recent California court ruling that impacts Missouri’s Egg Producers in regards to chicken living conditions. Back in 2008, California enacted a law to regulate the size of the cages that house egg-laying hens have. The law requires producers in other states to comply in order to sell in California. Koster filed the lawsuit back in February arguing the law was unconstitutional. Other states joined in the lawsuit that U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller throw out, claiming Missouri did not have the legal standing to challenge the law.
The ruling is out regarding a controversial case involving same sex marriage in Missouri. Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs issued the ruling Friday that Missouri’s Constitution and State law’s banning same-sex marriage are invalid for those legally performed elsewhere. The lawsuit was filed by 10 legally married same-sex couples who claim their rights were violated by the law.
There have been some major developments with the Rock Island Trail. Ameren Missouri has agreed to railbank a 145 mile section of the trail stretching from Windsor almost to Union where it will eventually connect to the Katy Trail. This means Missouri is now working towards an interconnected statewide trail network of over 450 miles. Brent hugh, bicycle and pedestrian federation executive director calls this an historical event and the chance of a lifetime. Supporters of the trail say rock island communities across the state including Eldon, Versailles, Meta and Cole Camp have been vital to this effort.
The fifth annual two dam days paddle marathon is taking place this weekend. Racers and spectators alike will descend on the Lake for what’s anticipated to be a great event. L.O.W.A. executive director Donna Swall says participants not only enjoy coming here for the competition but also because they know its one of the safest races around.
Two dam days gets underway Saturday at the 82.4 mile marker beginning at 7am. The purpose of the event is support the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance.