Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Monday that a Camden County man was sentenced in federal court for the forced sex trafficking of two women. 36-year-old Joshua Kain Smith was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Smith to serve a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration, and ordered him to pay $23,406 in restitution to one of his victims. In August 2014, Smith pled guilty to one count of sex trafficking and one count of attempted sex trafficking. Smith admitted that he used force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to cause a person to engage in prostitution, from which he benefitted financially, between November 2011, and March 2012. Smith also admitted that he used force, threats of force, fraud and coercion in an attempt to cause another person to engage in prostitution between December 2010, and November 2011…
Governor Jay Nixon along with the top brass from the Missouri Highway Patrol, members of the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Fund and other dignitaries were in Lake Ozark over the weekend for the Highway Patrol’s annual awards ceremony. 15 employees from across the state were honored during the ceremony at Country Club Hotel & Spa receiving lifesaving, public service, meritorious service and civilian of the year awards.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler who represents the 4th Congressional District serving the Lake of the Ozarks region is speaking out against the EPA’s Clean Water Act. On Monday, Hartzler joined with Congressman Blaine Leutkemeyer and representatives from Missouri’s ag industry in promoting legislation meant to block rule changes being proposed by the EPA. Hartzler called the changes to the Clean Water Act a land grab as the new rules would expand federal jurisdiction over all waters in U.S. including backyard ditches. She and Leutkemeyer are among the sponsors of H.R. 5078 which would keep the EPA from adopting the new rules.
A Morgan County man is one of three individuals headed to prison following a 2012 high speed chase on Highway 54 in which police found a loaded firearm and Methamphetamine. On Monday, 34 year old Robert Mahan of Jefferson City was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole for being a 3 time felon in possession of a firearm. A co-defendant in the case, 28 year old Kenneth Dale Witherell of Barnett was sentenced last month to 3 ½ years in prison without parole after pleading guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine and to being a felon in possession of firearm.
A Brumley teenager is dead following a one car accident early this morning (Tuesday) in Maries County. According to the Highway Patrol, 19 year old Saryn Milam was killed after her vehicle went off the right side of the road, struck a tree and caught fire. Milam was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred around 2 o’clock this morning on Highway 42 at the Miller County line.
The Morgan County School Board of Education will meet tonight (Monday 20) at 7pm. The board will be reorganized and the election of board officers will be done since this is the first meeting since the election two weeks ago, they will consider salary schedules, consider a budget amendment, consider bus route changes and consider a request for a school band trip. The meeting will be held at the Middle School Library…