The Missouri Department of Transportation continues to seek a solution to the guardrail system used through the state after officials discovered the approved system to be not up to par. Recently the New York Times mentioned MODOT in an article saying internal department documents blasted the safety of the guardrails state wide. MODOT officials responded by saying “There were design changes made in the product in 2005 that were not reported to the Federal highway administration. There’s an ongoing lawsuit with a whistle blower and the company who manufactured the guardrails, Trinity industries”. The department stopped purchasing the rails and guard heads in late September.
The father of an Infant who died Monday in St. Robert has officially been charged. According to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeremiah Jennings has been charged with Child Endangering in the first degree and resisting arrest. Jennings was in the home where police discovered a 4 month old baby boy who was not breathing and was later pronounced dead at the Ft. Leonard Wood Hospital. An autopsy was performed on the baby and it indicated that he died from accidental suffocation due to sleeping in an unsafe environment. Jennings had originally been arrested on a warrant for domestic assault in the second degree.
The Camden County Commission will meet this Wednesday at 10am to discuss regular business. Commissioners will also meet at 2pm for a closed session with Employee Interviews. Following that will be a Public Comment Session at 3:30pm and a discussion on healthcare. All meets are at the courthouse and open to the public.
Record rainfall over the past few days is helping crops grow but may actually be hurting local farmers. With rainfall totals between 6 to 9 inches across the area, Missouri Farm Bureau official Kelly Smith believes we’re on pace for record corn growth. But that’s the only good news as farmers may not have the places to store the surplus corn. With costs of building extra buildings increasing, farmers may be forced to sell their corn at cheaper prices to get rid of the extra amounts. While the increased costs to farmers won’t effect the price of corn in the supermarket right now, it may affect it into the next year.
An infant’s death is under investigation right now in Pulaski County. According to police, Monday around 1pm the St. Robert Police Department was contacted about an unconscious and unresponsive infant. Officers arrived to find a 4 month old baby boy not breathing in the residence. The infant who was taken to Ft. Leonard Wood Hospital was eventually pronounced dead. The baby’s father, a 36 year old man was taken into custody for an unrelated warrant and is behind held pending all further investigations.
Seven of Eight dancers along with the owner Matthew Wagner could be facing criminal charges after police conduct a raid on a local strip club. According to Sheriff Ron Long of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, officers raided the “After Dark” strip club around 1:30 am Sunday. Police found illegal drugs, alcohol and four guns at the club, one of which is believed to have been stolen. Long says the entire incident remains under investigation.
The final approval for regulations regarding captive Deer could come later this week from the Missouri Conservation Commission. Earlier this year a bill attempted to take away control of the regulations was vetoed by Governor Nixon and did not get the necessary votes during the veto session to be overturned. Deputy Director Tim Ripperger says they plan to fight Chronic Wasting Disease by requiring Class 1 and 2 breeders and big-game hunting preserves to test all deer older than six months. They will also have to take part in a new USDA program certifying the health of the captive herd.