The third and final span of the old hurricane deck bridge at the Lake of the Ozarks is tentatively scheduled to be taken down either next Friday, January 24th or Saturday the 25th. Which date the blasts will occur depends on how the work goes in setting the detonators next week.
Secretary of state Jason Kander unveils a set of legislative proposals aimed at restoring public trust, protecting Missourians, growing Missouri business and keeping elections secure, open and accurate. Kander announced this week that 2014 priorities include sweeping ethics legislation along with several other bills sponsored by both republicans and democrats in both the house and senate. Kander says these proposals are common sense solutions that will help Missourians in their daily lives…everything from protecting their hard earned savings to increasing access to the voting booth. Kander has also voiced support for passing the Missouri non-discrimination act and taking advantage of federal tax dollars to create jobs and expand Medicaid.
A search at a residence in Laclede County has led to the seizure of several controlled substances. The search warrant was served by the lake area narcotics enforcement group at a residence in the 25-thousand block of Evanston road. Several bags of marijuana were seized along with ecstasy pills and several bags of methamphetamine. 50 year old Timothy Dean Hough has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance. Hough has been booked into the Laclede county jail. The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group assisted the Laclede County Sheriff’s office in the arrest.
Missouri could carry out future executions by firing squad. That is according to legislation being proposed in the house. The state currently puts inmates to death by lethal injection, though state law also permits use of lethal gas. The house bill adds an option for executions by firing squads consisting of five law enforcement officers chosen by the state corrections director. Missouri’s next execution is scheduled for January 29th.
The Missouri public service commission is seeking comments from the public and telecommunications companies regarding the possible creation of a universal service high-cost fund. The fund would be used to assist phone companies in building infrastructure to provide telecommunications services to customers in areas of the state that are costly to serve. Funding would likely be through a surcharge placed on customer bills. Both the public and telecommunications companies are being asked by the commission to submit questions and comment on the possible need for the proposed fund. Questions and comments may be submitted to the Missouri public service commission until February 14th.
A Richland man was tasered and arrested after allegedly refusing to comply with law enforcement. 45 year old Michael Vernon is charged with a class “a” misdemeanor of resisting lawful detention after the Laclede county sheriff’s office was dispatched earlier this week to a home regarding a verbal domestic dispute. Hill has been released from the Laclede county jail and will appear in court on January 27th.
The sentencing hearing for a 44 year old Eldon man who had pleaded guilty in a 2013 double homicide took an unexpected turn yesterday, ending with the sentencing not taking place at all. Darrell Spellmeyer had entered a guilty plea to two counts of murder in the second degree and armed criminal action back in November of last year in Morgan county circuit court for the February 2013 shooting deaths of Freddie and Carol Wilson at their home in Versailles. While the plea to the court indicated he knowingly killed the couple, Spellmeyer claimed the gun went off accidentally, calling the guilty plea for murder into question. Subsequently, Judge Kenneth Hayden did not accept the guilty plea and had the case transferred to Judge Stan Moore to now be heard in Camden County. Spellmeyer was arrested along with Garland Mitchell and Mandy Mitchell in connection to the alleged murder of Freddie and Carol Wilson.