There are some new developments surrounding the death of Brandon Ellingson who drowned at the Lake in May of 2014 while in the custody of the highway patrol’s water division. According to reports, the incident is again being reviewed by a special prosecutor. Amanda Grellner, who declined to press charges against trooper Anthony Piercy four months ago is again reviewing the case after receiving new information. At this point, she’s not commenting on any specifics of the investigation. Ellingon’s death was ruled an accident after a coroner’s inquest in September of last year.
Counterfeit money has found its way into Laclede County. Police say a counterfeiter has been successful in getting around the basic test for detecting fake bills and is using ten dollar bills to create what looks like hundred dollar ones. So far, $500 worth of counterfeit money has been turned into police in Laclede County and they believe more may still be out there. The secret service is being called in to assist with the case.
Reilly says they’re also looking to staff the number three fire house on spruce lane and lower the district’s ISO rating from a 5 to a 4 which will provide additional savings for the district’s homeowners who have insurance companies that use the ISO rating system.
Reaction continues to come in regarding the proposed Rock Island trail. The 145 mile section of unused rail would be converted into a hiking and biking trail that would eventually connect to the Katy trail. However, some landowners are raising concerns about privacy. During a meeting last week in Westphalia, privacy along with concerns over access to land for livestock and biosecurity were brought up. Supporters of the trail believe it would be a boon to the economy. Approval to convert the railway into the trail is under consideration from the U.S. Department of Transportation surface board. The Rock Island trail would run thru several Lake Area communities including Eldon, Versailles, Stover and Cole Camp.
The army is known for its green fatigues; however Fort Leonard Wood is greener than even what the department of defense had anticipated. The base has surpassed the D.O.D.’s 2014 goals for diverting waste from landfills, recycling almost half of their waste and saving over a million dollars. The D.O.D. set a goal of diverting 48% of solid waste from landfills and the base finished the year at 49%. For construction and demolition waste the goal was 58% and the post exceeded that with 79%.
Several highway projects are planned for this coming week in the tri-county area. According to MODOT, bridge maintenance will take place on route “A” over Barnett Branch and also over Wet Glaise creek east of Toronto drive. Bridge maintenance is also taking place on route “A” over Conns creek, west of Fairview lane. In Morgan County, culvert pipe replacement in various locations will take place starting Monday on route 135 between route 52 and route “T”. In Miller County. Bridge maintenance will take place starting Monday on route “C” over Deane Creek, south of Rollins Creek road. Culvert pipe installation in various locations is scheduled for route “Y” between Hittridge Road and the end of state maintenance in Morgan County. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic thru the work areas.
Mundhausen says now that matt burns has been appointed new police chief, the city is short one officer and will start looking to hire a new one soon.