Camden County Woman Charged With Assault on 9-Month-Old Child

It started with a report of a missing mother and child and ended with the woman’s arrest on assault charges. Authorities responded to a call in the 600 block of Dry Ridge Road south of Camdenton yesterday. A 39-year-old woman and her 9-month-old child were reported missing from their home. The Sheriff’s Department says evidence at the scene indicated the disappearance was of a suspicious nature, and the woman and child were found in a wooded area about 75 yards from their home. Both were transported to an area hospital with injuries. 39-year-old Brandie Simpson has been charged with First Degree Assault and Armed Criminal Action against her child. She’s being held on $700,000 bond.

Pulaski County Man Faces Sex Charges Involving Underaged Girl

A Pulaski County man’s facing child sex crimes. 36-year-old Kevin Williams was charged this week with statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct with a girl under the age of 15. Pulaski County Deputies were informed by family services workers about the alleged crimes in December. Williams posted a quarter million dollar bail and is set to appear in court next Wednesday. Authorities say there were two alleged incidents of sexual assault involving a 13-year old girl at a Pulaski County home.

State Judge Upholds New Congressional Maps

A state trial judge’s upheld the state’s new congressional map as constitutional, rejecting arguments the redrawn districts don’t meet the requirements of the state constitution. The new eight-district U.S. House map was challenged in two lawsuits that claim the districts were not sufficiently compact. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green rejected the argument in a ruling today after a three-day hearing this week. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they’re likely to appeal next week to the Missouri Supreme Court, which ordered the legal review of the new map.

Ameren Asks for Rate Hike

Ameren wants a rate hike. Ameren is asking Missouri regulators to raise electric rates by $376 million, or 14.6 percent, calling the increase is necessary for reimbursement of infrastructure upgrades, higher fuel costs and environmental improvements. The average residential customer would see their monthly billsrise about $14. says customers have repeatedly called reliability their top priority, and infrastructure improvements have reduced the frequency of outages by 27 percent since 2006. The Missouri Public Service Commission approved a seven percent rate increase for Ameren about six months ago.

Contrails Mystery Solved

Mystery solved. According to a spokesman at Whiteman Air Force Base, two B-2 bomber pilots were performing a training mission yesterday over the Lake of the Ozarks. Normally, their contrails are not visible. But due to a cold front moving in from the Rockies, pushing the humidity downward, weather conditions were just right to make the contrails visible.

Buffalo Man Among New Indictments in ATM Solutions Robbery

A Buffalo man and two relatives have been indicted by a federal grand jury as accessories after the fact in the ATM solutions robbery of 2010, the biggest robbery in St. Louis history. The three are 59-year old Robert Oliphant of Buffalo, his 43-year old brother Eddie Oliphant, and their nephew, 26-year old Jacobi Oliphant. $6.6-million was stolen by 4-armed men in August of 2010. A woman was supposed to hide just over $2-million of the take in a storage locker, but she; testified someone stole more than half of it. 15-people have been charged, and some of the cash is still missing.