A decline in casino and lottery revenues has led Governor Jay Nixon to make additional cuts to public education. Nixon announced yesterday more than $35 million dollars of new spending restrictions on top of the $22 million dollars of restrictions announced in April. The governor says because gambling revenues are dedicated to education the cuts must come from that area.
A Laclede county man known for protesting against synthetic drug retailers has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine. 63 year old Rodney Carroll has been charged with a Class “C” Felony of possession of a controlled substance and is being held in the Laclede County Jail. In the past Carroll fought against synthetic drugs like “k-2” that were legal at one time.
It’s been nearly four years since the merger of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the State Water Patrol. One of the expected benefits of the merger was a significant cost savings. According to Jay T. Hull, the Highway Patrol’s Director of Public Information a savings of approximately $2.4 million dollars will be realized this year for salary, expense and equipment categories. This includes around a half million dollars from the elimination of ten full time positions at the water patrol. Cost savings from the elimination of its headquarters is expected to be $250 thousand dollars a year. Hull says an additional benefit of the merger has been that 88 troopers have now been cross trained to work as marine operations officers.
Shoplifting continues to be a problem at Walmart across the lake area and surrounding counties. Osage Beach Police Sergeant Arlyne Page with Walmart being a chain store in our area, shoplifters can hit multiple stores at once:
25 year old Vanessa Moss, 63 year old Deborah Bernardo and 47 year old Dawn Fulmer were all arrested recently for shoplifting from the Osage beach Walmart. page says if you see someone attempting to steal please call your local police department.
A member of the Missouri State Supreme Court will be in Camdenton today to give an award to the 26th Judicial Circuit Court. Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer and State Courts Administrator Greg Linhares will present the permanency award to Judges Kenneth Hayden and Stanley Moore along with Chief Juvenile Officer Tammy Walden. The award recognizes circuit courts that hold timely hearings in child abuse and neglect cases where children who were removed from their homes are to be united with their families or placed in another permanent home as soon as possible. This is the eighth time the court has received the award which will be presented during a special ceremony at noon today at the Camden County Justice Center in Camdenton.
A Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy remains in critical condition after collapsing while serving a high risk search warrant Friday in the Eldon area. According to Sheriff Bill Abbot, Deputy Tom McClelland was discovered not breathing and without a pulse. CPR was given by deputies until an ambulance arrived. McClelland was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield where he remains in critical condition.
Several ordinances will be discussed during tonight’s (tuesday) meeting of the Camdenton Board of Alderman. The board will consider authorizing a contract with lake aviation center for lease of property at the airport, as well as an agreement with the Missouri highways and transportation commission for A.D.A. compliant pedestrian facilities. An ordinance amending the agreement for the taxi lane reconstruction project will also be considered along with a contract for the Clint Avenue water line replacement project, and the board will also discuss amending the contract agreement with APAC-Missouri for the 2014 street overlay project. Tonight’s meeting starts at seven o’clock in city hall.