Accused Child Killer Due in Court

A Stover man accused of beating a three year old child to death is due to make a court appearance this morning in Morgan County for a motion hearing. 22-year old Thomas Presley of Versailles is charged with second degree murder in the death of Blake Litton. Prosecutors say in February, Presley allegedly beat Litton, but told authorities the boy had been the victim of a hit and run accident. Presley is also facing two charges of child endangerment and child abuse. He remains in custody at the Pettis County Jail in Sedalia. Presley is set to go on trial on March 4th.

Economic Impact Study on Osage Beach Alderman Meeting Agenda

An economic impact study request is on the agenda tonight for the Osage Beach Board of Alderman meeting. At their last meeting on November 1st, a letter was read to the board during the public comment time asking the board to have an outside agency do an economic impact study of the Osage Beach Parkway on businesses located on the west end of Osage Beach. The board has already approved plans for improvements to be done by MODOT at the Key Largo intersection, but financing for the project has yet to be discussed. The Osage Beach Board of Alderman will meet tonight at 6:30 at Osage Beach City Hall.

Search Continues for Stolen Radio Equipment

Authorities in Osage Beach are continuing to investigate the theft of a 20-foot antenna from Viper Communications. Police say the antenna, which is in two 10 foot sections, is worth approximately 10 thousand dollars. It was taken from a fenced area outside of the station on Osage Beach Parkway sometime in the last few weeks. Authorities say stealing from an FCC license station is a Federal offense. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Osage Beach Police Department.

Camden County Fatal Crash

A 50-year old Camdenton man is dead after the minivan he is driving goes off the road and crashes into a tree in Camden County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened yesterday evening on Bear Paw Road just east of Highway 5. John Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, 48-year old Amber Rogers of Sunrise Beach was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. The Highway Patrol says no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

Stover Pastor Back in Court

A Morgan County pastor makes a court appearance on charges related to sex crimes that allegedly happened several years ago. 42-year old Travis Smith was in a Moniteau County courtroom yesterday for a status hearing. He is charged with forcible rape, two counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual abuse related to incidents in 1998 and 1999. Smith is also charged with rape and sodomy related to an incident in 2005. Smith is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stover. He will be back in court on December 4th for a case review.

Petition Drive Expected to Ban Sex Orientation Discrimination in Housing and Jobs

A Missouri group may soon start a petition drive to get a proposal on the ballot to make it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Missourians for Equality, would like to have the issue on the ballot in 2014. While state law bars racial, religious, age, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination in housing and employment, there’s no such ban for sexual orientation.

Wednesday is Winter Weather Awareness Day

Winter weather is right around the corner, and the time to prepare is now. Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service says there might not be time when the first storm is bearing down on us:

The Weather Service is joining forces with state and local officials to promote Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri. Now is the time to stock up on emergency supplies and get a plan in order:

Missourians can prepare for winter by:
· Creating a family emergency plan and an emergency kit with bottled water and food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage. Kits should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, manual can opener and a first-aid kit.
· Securing an alternate fuel source such as firewood or a generator. Make sure your fireplace functions properly. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that your generator functions properly. Only operate generators outdoors.
· Creating a winter car kit in the trunk of the car. This includes a blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy-type food, jumper cables, flares, shovel, sand or shingles to give tires traction.

The National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri’s local emergency managers are joining forces to promote Nov. 14 as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri.