A Missouri death row inmate is scheduled to be put to death just after midnight tonight (Tuesday). However, his attorney says the state is about to execute an innocent man. John Middleton is scheduled to die for a 1995 murder. Middleton was a meth dealer in northern Missouri and was convicted for killing three people out of fear they would snitch to police. He was sentenced to death for the third murder. A witness came forward in February suggesting that two other men were the real killers. Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson disagrees and after revisiting the case concluded that Middleton was in fact the killer.
Yesterday afternoon (Monday) Governor Jay Nixon passed and vetoed a few bills. One of the bills that Nixon vetoed was senate bill 841 which pertains to the sale of e-cigarettes. The bill was set to exempt these new products from the existing laws and taxes placed on traditional tobaccos cigarettes. the governor says he vetoed this bill because the FDA is still investigating whether or not these items are as harmful to the public as regular cigarettes. On the flip side of that coin the governor did pass house bill 2238, which will now allow the use of hemp or marijuana extract to treat individuals with epilepsy and also allow the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to local farmers for the growing of hemp, but strictly for research purposes with an emergency clause that is included in the bill.
At last night’s (Monday) meeting of the Osage Beach Board of Alderman met in special session to discuss several items that are coming up at their next meeting for vote. The first item of discussion included a budget review showing where the city sits today. The second conversation was deciding whether or not the city should hire a full time economic developer for the city to help get new businesses in town. The Alderman debated it heavily and decided to have more of a discussion later down the road. Some aldermen suggested having a current staff member take on the additional work while others believe they should work more heavily with the local economic development groups already working in the lake area. Either way they all agreed that in the past, Osage Beach had not been as open as some other cities in the lake and they want to change that now that they have control over Osage Beach Parkway. All items discussed on Monday night will be fully discussed at their next scheduled meeting.
There has been a new development in the case of a child’s skeletal remains discovered last year near Dixon. Investigators have released new images showing what the child possibly looked like. Police are hoping the release of the forensic drawing of the victim along with a description of other characteristics which have been determined by studying the remains will help with identification. Authorities believe the child was between the ages of 8 and 13 but are not sure if the child was a boy or girl. The victim could have also had a background of Native American, Hispanic or Latin ancestry.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Grove Springs man. 49 year old Abdelfattah Zarhouni was arrested last week along with two other individuals on drug charges. Law enforcement served a search warrant at a residence in Camdenton where they found packaged methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and hydrocodone. Zarhouni and the two other suspects were taken into custody and placed on a 24 hour hold until formal charges were filed. However, Zarhouni was released at the expiration of his 24 hour hold prior to the court’s issuance of his warrant. Citizens with information about the whereabouts of Zarhouni are asked to contact the Camden County Sheriff’s office or their local law enforcement agency.
Two children have been taken to an area hospital with serious injuries after falling from a dock at the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division, the two children walked away from a residence, walked halfway down the walkway of a privately owned dock and then fell or jumped into the water. Both children were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for Treatment. The accident occurred in Coffee Creek Cove in Morgan County at the 9 mile marker of the Gravois Arm.
A 12 year old Nebraska youth was injured following a water skiing accident Sunday at the Lake of the Ozarks. Aidan Huerter of Omaha, Nebraska was on a tube being pulled by a jet ski when it hit a wake and ejected him. Huerter was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The accident occurred in Morgan County at the 2.6 mile marker of the Gravois Arm.