One of three suspects in a double homicide in Morgan County appears in court for a preliminary hearing. On Friday afternoon, Judge Kevin Schehr said that there was probable cause that a felony had been committed by 44-year old Derrell Spellmeyer of Eldon. He is charged with two counts of second degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of Carol and Freddie Wilson. They were found shot to death inside their home near Versailles in February. Spellmeyer is being held at the Morgan County Jail on a bond of one million dollars. He will be back in court on November 14th.
A sad weekend on area roadways…a woman is dead and a toddler seriously injured after a crash on Highway 54 Saturday evening. It happened when a car driven by Jefferson City resident Luis Narvaez hit another car belonging to Columbia resident Huayang Wang, who was stopped on the side of the road. Wang was uninjured, but 22 year old Maria Martinez was taken to Capitol Region Medical Center and then to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a little after 8 p.m. Another passenger, 2-year-old Karla Gonzales, was airlifted to University Hospital, where officials said Sunday she was in critical condition. Narvaez and a third passenger, Jorge Guevara, were taken to Lake Regional Hospital with moderate injuries.
Cole County Fire officials are calling a fire at a daycare on Bagnell Drive Saturday afternoon “suspicious.” Cole County Fire Protection District, said the fire was put out in about ten minutes. It caused about $5,000 in damage to exterior siding and also damaged toys outside the building. The interior of the building was unharmed. No one was in the building at the time. Authorities are investigating.
Missouri’s judges could be due a multi-million-dollar pay increase if their counterparts in the federal government win a court case seeking a retroactive pay hike. The potential pay increase could affect more than 400 judges in Missouri. It even could lead to pay increases for dozens of full-time local prosecutors. The administrative arm of Missouri’s court system has prepared a budget request for the next year estimating the potential judicial pay increase could cost nearly $6.7 million. Counties could collectively be on the hook for an additional $1 million for prosecutors.
What is being described as a destination entertainment complex could soon be under construction in Osage Beach. During the 6th Annual Real Estate Symposium on Thursday, those in attendance were told about Town Harbour which would be built off of Jeffries Road and Highway 54. The project would include two hotels along with shops, bars and restaurants connected together with a boardwalk. Town Harbour would be accessible by both water and land.
Developer Kent Nixon says the project will depend on a successful tax increment financing application. Nixon says if the TIF is approved later this year, excavation would start in 2014 and part of the project would be ready to open in late 2015.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that hunters checked 600 deer during the Urban Portion of Missouri’s Firearms Deer Season. County harvest totals during the urban portion were: Boone, 77; Cass, 39; Christian, 9; Clay, 30; Cole, 33; Franklin, 57; Greene, 104; Jackson, 33; Jefferson, 64; Platte, 9; St. Charles, 98; and St. Louis, 47. Female deer made up 83 percent of this year’s urban portion harvest. Hunters are only allowed to shoot antlerless deer during the Urban Portion. This focus on harvesting female deer is designed to control deer numbers in urban and suburban areas, where hunting pressure is lighter and the potential for deer-vehicle accidents and property damage is greater.
This year’s harvest was below average for the urban portion, which became part of the firearms deer season in 2003.
State Representative Rocky Miller has revealed he recently suffered from a cerebellum stroke, and says he is now making a “quick recovery.”He reportedly began experiencing vertigo and severe headaches, and checked into Capital Region Medical Center for treatment. Calling the stroke a “mystery,” Miller reported he spent a couple of days in the hospital and has now begun physical therapy. He also said his time of rest has given him a chance to muse on state government inefficiencies and ways to improve various state agencies.