Two climax springs residents are facing drug charges after being arrested this week by police. According to reports, the Camden county street crimes unit and the lake area narcotics enforcement group conducted a narcotics search warrant in the 600 block of oval road. During the investigation, 26 year old Marie Ducharme attempted to flee on foot and after a short pursuit was taken into custody. Another suspect, 46 year old lance long was also taken into custody at the scene. Both are being held on felony charges of distributing, delivering, manufacturing or producing a controlled substance. Long is also being held on a probation violation warrant in which no bond is allowed.
Earlier this week we told you about a registered sex offender that had been on the run and was thought to possibly be hiding in the region. According to law enforcement, 38 year old Joshua McFerrin has been apprehended in southeast Missouri in the Iron county area. He has several active warrants out of Franklin county including second degree murder, armed criminal action and escape from custody while under arrest.
Training received by members of the Highway Patrol’s Water Division was one of the main topics of discussion during yesterday’s (wed) public hearing at the state capital. A bi-partisan committee consisting of state representatives heard testimony about the changes that have occurred since the water division’s merger with the highway patrol and what some call a lack of experience and training for its officers. The next hearing is scheduled for November 19th and the committee is expected to make their official recommendations to the speaker for the house by mid December. Yesterday’s meeting was the third public hearing on the issue and comes after the drowning of a 20 year old Iowa man at the Lake of the Ozarks back in May.
Missouri attorney general Chris Koster is appealing yesterday’s (wed) court ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same sex marriage. In a brief statement, Koster’s office says he will appeal the judge’s ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court. Koster also says he will not seek a stay of the court order since the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to grant stays in similar cases.
Secretary of state Jason Kander is releasing the unofficial voter turnout for Tuesday’s general election. According to Kander, over 1.4 million people or around 35 percent of Missouri’s registered voters turned out to the polls. Statewide, voter participation was highest in the contest over state constitutional amendment three which would’ve linked teacher evaluations to student performance and limit tenure protections. According to state law, Tuesday’s election results will be certified by December 9th.
The Osage Beach Board of Alderman will meet Thursday in regular session. Agenda items include a proclamation establishing Osage Beach as a purple heart city along with a bill authorizing a contract with Flynn drilling for plugging the well on port lane. In other business a request to reschedule the January board meetings will be considered as well as a resolution authorizing a credit card for the city administrator. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 in city hall.
The owner of a former local establishment wants a refund due to being a club and not a bar. Tony Gambino, owner of Tony G’s pizza attended a meeting this week of the Gravois Arm Sewer district to request a refund on the ground he had operated a private club from 2007 to 2010 and not a bar. He told the board of trustees that his club is similar to VFW or American Legion and therefore due to state regulations should not have been charged for grease traps and seat charges. According to the board, grease traps were never connected to the business’s plumbing and referred Gambino’s request to the sewer district’s attorney.