The Benton County Commission met this week in regular session with several items on their agenda. Commissioners started the meeting off by officially recommending and approving the purchase of a new truck for $2,275 based on specifications given to them by MODOT. Commissioners also talked with the Jail representative about new technology upgrades needed and decided to put the item on their next budget meeting. The Commissioner also discussed their medical insurance plans, the insurance for the fire damage at the county storage building and what the Missouri American Water Company’s potential purchase of the Benton County Sewer District # 1 could mean to residents. The Public Service Commission had announced a public meeting which will take place this month regarding the purchase back in October.
This year’s operation dry water results have officially been released from the Highway Patrol’s Water Division. Officials say that only eight people were arrested for B.W.I. Over 430 vessels were checked and a total of 390 warnings issued along 72 boating violations that came with a summons and 29 summonses for non boating violations. Officers talked with over 1,300 passengers and Captains during the period between June 27th and the 29th. Statistics from the Coast Guard have shown that since the start of Operation Dry Water, the amount of boating incidents regarding drinking and boating has decreased from 19% to 16% and they hope it will continue to drop.
Area police officers are looking for a lost Dinosaur from a business that uses it as a mascot. According to reports, the 5”4 12FT long Dino was taken on Halloween from the Dickneite Oil Company. The Dino was a part of the company because they sell Sinclair products and their logo is a Dinosaur. Owner Cody Plassmeyer says it’s made entirely out of fiberglass and was on top of the building before it was stolen. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the Dino or who may be behind it, please contact your local police department.
An Iberia man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering a teenage girl back in June of 2013. 31 year old Steven Henderson pled guilty yesterday (friday) to charges of first degree murder for stabbing to death 13 year old Macala Shelton who was a member of the same household. Miller county prosecuting attorney Matt Howard waived the possibility of the death penalty in the case upon Henderson’s plea of guilty.
The remodeling and expansion project for Lake Ozark fire station one on Bagnell Dam Boulevard is coming along well. This is the second phase of a $5.3 million dollar project that was approved by voters in 2013 and when finished will include new administrative offices, two additional truck bays and a command center. All three phases for updating the district’s infrastructure and equipment is expected to be finished in May.
A Miller County Judge has changed the plea for a man accused of sodomizing an infant. 25 year old Aaron Michael Fisher pled guilty to two counts of forcible sodomy of a five month old child back in July but Judge Kenneth Hayden voided the guilty plea yesterday (friday). Statements made by the defendant were inconsistent with his testimony to the judge during his guilty plea hearing causing him to set aside the previous proceedings, re-entering the defendant’s not guilty pleas, and ordering the case to be re-set for trial before a different judge. Fisher’s next appearance is set for December 3rd. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
Charges have now been filed against Moniteau county prosecutor Shayne Healea. Healea faces four counts of felony second degree assault and one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident. He’s accused of backing his truck into Addison’s restaurant in Columbia on October 25th in which four people were injured. Healea will be arraigned on December 2nd.