Pulaski Cty Sheriff’s Dispatchers Trying Hands Free

Pulaski County Sheriff’s dispatchers have gone hands free. They’re giving new headsets a 60-day free trial. Sheriff J.B. King says staff are split 50/50 on being hands free. The new headsets allow dispatchers to move around the call center, getting things for officers or residents when they stop in. The department’s also getting ready to make some changes in their vehicle fleet, with plans to buy a new Dodge Charger. They’ve been using Ford Crown Vics, but King says it’s getting rougher to find used models in good shape

Woman Dies in Rollover Accident

A rollover accident takes the life of a Crocker woman.

Yesterday at just before three in the afternoon 35-year old Tammy Sinyard was headed south on Highway 17 near Route K. Sinyard lost control and her 2006 GMC went off the road hit an embankment and overturned. the Crocker woman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was fatally injured.

This is the 49th fatality for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F in 2011.

KK Tie Ins Being Addressed by MoDOT

The contractor is fixing tie-ins and service road connections as the western portion of the 54 Expressway gets ready to open.

Bob Lynch from MoDOT says KK where the old road ties in with the new road will be smoothed out.

The western portion of the 54 Expressway should be open by Thanksgiving, with additional work being completed by the end of the winter.

Cooperative Members Getting Credits

For the seventh straight year, Co-Mo Electric customers will get some good news in the mail.

The electric cooperative is returning money to its active members on their late November or early December bills. John Agliata of Co-Mo says the company is also saving $100,000 by not mailing out checks.

Credits will be distributed to customers based on their length of membership in the cooperative. $2.88 million dollars will go back to members through the credits.

Barrel Bob Lost, and Found

Two women are in hot water after police say they stole one of the “Barrel Bob” mascots used by the MoDOT to alert drivers work zones. Police got a call early Saturday about a noise complaint at an Osage Beach condo complex, and were told that several people were seen carrying Barrel Bob to an unknown unit. Officers later stopped a car and questioned a 24-year-old woman from Warrensburg and a 28-year-old female from O’Fallon. Police say the pair admitted taking the statute, and it was recovered. What happens next is up to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office.

Former Eldon School Superintendent Hailed as ‘Hero’

“People” magazine has named former Eldon School District superintendent C.J. Huff one of its 2011 heroes. Huff, who left Eldon to join the Joplin school system in 2008, won the award for his efforts in reopening schools damaged by the May 22 tornado. Five school buildings were destroyed in the storm, which also killed 162 people.

Osage Beach Teen Injured in Route 54 Wreck

An Osage Beach teenager was injured this morning when he lost control of his car on a curve on Route 54 a mile west of Route Y, went off the road a struck a bluff. 17-year-old Andrew Peth was taken to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance. His 2003 Chevvy was totaled. The accident happened just after 8:00 this morning.