One juvenile and two adults are in custody after an investigation takes place in Warsaw. According to Benton County Sheriff Rick Fajen, the Sheriff’s office was investigating an alleged drug manufacturing site on Commercial Street where officers discovered $800 dollars in cash along with LSD and Ecstasy after someone phoned in a tip on the home. 41 year old John Woods and 32 year old Autumn Moore were taken into custody and their bond has been set at $50,000 cash while the 13 year old juvenile was taken into custody by the juvenile authorities. The two adults are being charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of more than 5 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of an illegal substance where a juvenile was present and manufacturing illegal substance within 2,000 feet of a school. The Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force and the Warsaw Police Department along with the Highway Patrol assisted in the raid.
The Warsaw R9 Board of Education met recently in regular session. Items on their agenda included reviewing a suggested MSBA policy revision which was approved. They also adopted a resolution which authorizes them to issue and sell $7 million in general obligation refunding bonds to reduce future interest expense, saving over $1 million dollars. Administrators have noted that attendance records in the school district show that they close to a general 90% which is about average for school districts. The district is submitting a survey to it’s students, teachers and parents to help form a district wide mission statement which they’re hoping to have that completed sometime this year.
Three people were recently arrested by the Osage Beach police department. According to the department’s arrest report, 37 year old Temetrius Johnson of St. Louis and 26 year old Andrew Whitlock of Osage Beach were both arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Johnson has a $10,000 dollar cash only bond while Whitlock’s bond was set at a thousand dollars. The third individual, 19 year old Gage Willouoghby of Osage Beach was picked up by police on three Lake Ozark warrants for failure to appear.
A Laclede County man accused of killing his roommate in January of 2014 is scheduled to be in court today (Monday) for a pre-trial conference. 27 year old Bradly Montgomery has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action for allegedly stabbing to death his roommate, 53 year old Gaylon Bennatt. His trial is scheduled to begin on March 9th before 26th judicial court Judge Stan Moore. Montgomery has plead not guilty to the charges and continues to be held without bond in the Laclede County jail.
The State legislature may have approved Governor Nixon’s request last year for increases in funds for certain preschool programs; however the governor held back the money in order to keep the budget balanced. Now he wants to add money in other areas of early childhood education including $11 million dollars for preschools for low income students using federal money and $5 million for early childhood special education. The legislature still has to approve the proposed increases for next year’s budget.
Several members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol are retiring this year, including a Lake native. According to a press release, Major Timothy McGrail, Major Duane Robinson and Captain Tim Hull will retire this March, each with nearly 30 years of service to the Patrol. Captain Hull is the director of Public Information for Troop F and was born in the Lake community of Versailles where he graduated from Morgan County R-2 High School. He also attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and has been with the Patrol since 1983.
An investigation into a string of burglaries has led officers to an 18 year old boy in Crocker. According to area police reports, 18 year old Dakota Phillips has been arrested and charged with 2 counts of burglary and one count of receiving stolen property. Police say he may be the one they’ve been looking for after someone broke into several vehicles across Crocker, Lebanon and other areas around the Lake. Items that were missing were valued over $15,000 dollars, several of which had been sized at the time of the arrest. His bond is set at $50,000 cash and the investigation will continue with additional arrests in the case possible.