There will soon be a statewide recount of the Constitutional Amendment One known as “Right to Farm” that narrowly passed earlier this month. Missouri law allows a recount whenever the margin of victory is less than one half of a percentage point. Two opponents of the measure have already asked for a recount, one of which is Wes Shoemyer, a former Democratic State Senator who is President of Missouri’s food for America. However, he’s not aware of any election problems that would reverse the result, but feels it’s worth a try. The Right to Farm Amendment was a approved by voters on August 5th by fewer than 2,500 votes out of nearly one million cast.
A Camden County woman has been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter following a single vehicle accident Saturday night that resulted in the death of a two year child. According to the Highway Patrol, 30 year old Blair Dority of Roach was driving a pick-up on west branch road near the Camden – Hickory county line when she ran off the road, hit a tree and overturned. Two year old Kaygyn Dority of Roach was killed in the accident while six other passengers in the truck, most of them children suffered minor to serious injuries. Police say no one in the truck was in a seat belt or a child safety seat. Dority has also been charged with multiple counts of assault and is in jail on a bond of $150 thousand dollars.
Duggan says it will probably be a few weeks before he knows how much money was raised for local charities. He also says preliminary planning is already underway for next year’s Shootout.
Check out news reporter Darius Wentz’s full interview with Ron Duggan below:
A coroner’s inquest will be held next week regarding the death of an Iowa man that occurred back in may at the 3.5 mile marker of the Gravois Arm. The upcoming court proceeding will examine the drowning of 20 year old Brandon Ellingson who went overboard in handcuffs as the state Highway Patrol’s Water Division was transporting him on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Reports indicate that the inquest is scheduled to get underway September 4th. Jurors will determine whether there was a crime or negligence involved.
Today is the final day for Lake Area residents to make their voices heard concerning proposed cuts the Army is contemplating for its military base at Fort Leonard Wood. Joe Driskill is the director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership. He says the goal of the organization is to help people realize just how important the base is to the area’s economy.
Officials say the base could lose up to 5,400 civilian and military positions by 2020 if the proposed cuts are approved. Residents who wish to comment on the issue can do so by going to sustainableozarks.org
Three boating accidents occurred within 24 hours of each other at the Lake of the Ozarks. The first accident left two drivers in serious condition who were competing in the Shootout. 47 year old Joel Begin and 44 year old Michael Fiore were making their first run at 179 miles per hour when the boat became airborne, flipped over twice and landed bow first, coming to rest end over end on the water. Both received serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The second incident on Saturday resulted in extensive damage to two personal watercraft at the seven mile marker of the Glaize Arm. 23 year old Gregory Christian of Dixon was traveling eastbound when he collided with another personal watercraft heading westbound driven by 22 year old Jason Howard of Mercellus, New York. Christian’s vessel was totaled while Howard’s received moderate damage. There were no injuries reported. In a separate incident on Sunday, 42 year old Travis Reed of Lee Summit was traveling at a high rate of speed when his race boat spun out and overturned. Reed was not injured and officials with the Shootout say he was not competing at the time of the accident.
A Vienna man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing man in the back and then cutting his throat. 36 year old Christopher Hagan was arrested in St. James following the incident that occurred early Sunday morning just outside Vienna on county road 302. He’s being held in the Maries County jail. The victim is reported to be in stable condition at a Jefferson City hospital.