Shortly after midnight Saturday a tractor-trailer driver reported that a man driving a pick-up truck pointed a pistol at him. Laclede County Deputies spotted the suspect driving east on I-44 and attempted a traffic stop that turned into a high-speed pursuit. The Missouri Highway Patrol joined the chase that lead into Pulaski County, with speeds reaching an estimated 135 miles per hour. A vehicle disabling device used by a State Trooper damaged the tires of the fleeing vehicle but the suspect continued about another mile before stopping on Red Oak Lane displaying 2 pistols and threatening to harm himself if the officers came any closer. This began a two hour standoff that ended after the suspect let his guard down and was brought down with a taser used by a Laclede County Deputy. Multiple firearms and substances believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana were found in possession of the suspect. 47 year old Donald D. Heckman is charged with resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon, with a $100-thousand dollar bond.
While unemployment rates are decreasing and the economy is recovering many Missourians are still using Missouri food banks to help feed there families. 2013 was a record-breaking year with more than 100 million pounds of food distributed across the state. That’s an increase of 23 percent from 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranks Missouri number two in the nation for very low food security, which means many of the state’s residents have a hard time consistently providing food for themselves and their families. According to Monica Palmer, Communications Manager with Missouri Food Bank Association, “Historically, food banks are the organizations that help with emergency needs, but over the last several years we’ve seen food banks supplying more maintenance food.” Cuts to the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program last year equated to 3.5 million lost meals for Missouri families. While the recently-passed Federal Farm Bill does allocate an additional $200 million to food banks nationwide.
At last week’s Village of Four Seasons Board of Trustees meeting the board approved an amendment to the dock electrical inspection ordinance. The change included adding a new subsection to the 2011 National Electrical Code. According to the ordinance, prior to applying for a permit from Ameren UE, the village building inspector must perform, and the structure must pass, an electrical inspection. This will apply to any newly constructed dock after the date of this ordinance, any dock that is moved to a new location after the date of this ordinance and any dock that has an update to its electrical system of structure that results in work being done to the dock’s electrical system.
This fall students in Missouri seeking higher education will have a new set of Math and Language Arts measures on the ACT exam. Missouri House Bill 1042 will make test measures consistent across the state. Schools will have new cut scores in the Math and English sections of the ACT. The new English cut score will now be 18 and the Math cut score will be 22. This mean a student with a 22 or higher in Math can move right in to college level courses but a student with a 21 or lower will need to take additional testing to determine whether or not the student is ready for college level Math. The former cut off point in Math was a score of 20.
Another drug bust was completed here at the lake earlier this month when the Camden County Street Crimes Unit along with officers from the Camdenton Police Department and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant at the Brookview Apartments in Camdenton. During their search of the apartment unit authorities found methamphetamine, psychedelic mushrooms and other drug paraphernalia. 30 year old Mark Thomas Bruska has been charged with the Class B Felony of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and a Class C Felony of possession of a controlled substance. He is currently being held at the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on $1,000 cash bond.
Make sure to be extra safe when on the roads this weekend because from now through March 17 the Camden County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up patrols looking for impaired drivers in a statewide effort to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities. Also taking place is a concentrated effort to get teens to buckle up. Now through March 31st Camden County Sheriff’s Deputies will be concentrating on teen seatbelt enforcement. The enforcement efforts are being paid for by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Division.
In Camden County Court on Thursday a man charged for the death of his girlfriend was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Gregory George was charged with second degree murder for the 2010 killing of his girlfriend, 21 year old Adrianna Hyten. George who was a registered state sex offender because of a 2005 incident where he was accused of attempting to molest a 13 year old girl in Tuscumbia slashed Hyten’s throat then killed her at the Mace Road address in Osage Beach that the Missouri Highway Patrol Sex Offender Registry had listed for George. Camden County Prosecutor Brian Keedy said George will have to serve at least 85 percent of 30 years before he’ll be eligible for parole.