Us Bank was ordered to refund customers $48 million dollars on Thursday as part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s crackdown on deceptive banking practices. It must also pay $9 million in fines and penalties. About 420,000 of US Bank’s customers were unfairly charged and will receive either a credit to their bank account or a check in the mail. The fraudulent services were sold as “add on products” to credit cards, mortgage loans and checking accounts. A US Bank spokesman said, “We regret the errors and customers will be compensated if they did not receive full services from Affinion.” The bank severed ties with Affinion two years ago when it became aware of the issues.
Protect Our Defenders, a victims rights group, is seeking a federal investigation into whether officials at Fort Leonard Wood threatened trainees that if they reported sexual assault and harassment they would not graduate.
Missouri Senators Clair McCaskill and Roy Blunt said on Thursday that they are working to determine if the allegations made during a sergeant’s court marshal hearing are true, and they are working to give the military the means to deal with sexual misconduct.
The Gravois Fire Protection District was dispatched to a natural cover fire at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. “A neighbor called saying they saw fire in the woods,” Gravois Fire Chief Ed Hancock said. “The wild-land fire company was dispatched to look for a possible natural cover fire with one tanker, and one brush truck. When they rolled up on the fire it was actually a significant structure fire,” Chief Hancock reported.
Since firefighters were dispatched to a natural cover they had the wrong equipment and it took a while to get other crews on the scene. “They didn’t have all the things needed to finish fighting a structure fire,” Chief Hancock said. “They had what they needed until the back-up arrived.”
When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire showing from the roof of a three story single family residence near the former Big Thunder Marina. The home is a seasonal home and the groundskeeper reported the owners were not at home, but they were planning to come to the lake this weekend. The house suffered significant damage.
According to Chief Hancock, the fire was contained by 7:30 p.m. and firefighters from the GFPD and the Mid County Fire Protection District will be conducting overhaul for several more hours into the evening. Overhaul is when firefighters go in and physically dismantle the house for the purpose of finding hidden hot spots of smoldering fires.
Mid County, Versailles Rural, and the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District provided mutual aid in the initial attack. Sunrise Beach in-service firefighters were released early so that they could go back in-service in their own district.
Van Dee says the next phase of the sewer project is now expected to cost $2.3 million dollars since they won’t have to replace the concrete tank and some of the manholes. The project, which began four years ago, is expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017.
The mother of a teenager that was shot and killed in July has filed a lawsuit against the man accused of the crime. Jessica Frank has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against 65 year old Matthew Rumbaugh of Mountain Grove. Rumbaugh has been charged with the murder of 15 year old Riley Gerber. He’s also facing first degree murder charges for allegedly killing the teen’s father, 35 year old Chad Gerber. Rumbaugh has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in the Laclede County jail.
Lynch says the amount of money available projects in our region is $3.2 million dollars. Tap provides federal funds thru a competitive selection process for transportation projects. The program would cover 80 percent of the cost while local entities pay 20 percent.
The Osage Beach Police Department will be collecting unwanted prescription medications during Saturday’s drug take back program. Sergeant Arlyne Page says there is a good reason why Lake Area residents should participate.
The drug take back is being held Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Osage Beach Police Department.