Gravois Fire Chief Ed Hancock gave the Fire Protection District board of trustees, proposed building code specifications from Columbia Associates. Board members last night agreed to look them over. The plan’s are to adopt building codes in the fire district. The fire district can’t enforce comprehensive building codes such as; steel foundations, support members, fasteners, plumbing, electric or water; but they can enforce building codes for life safety, like doors, windows, exits and entrances. The district will have a list of things that have to be done for life safety for contractors who want to build. Hancock says “With the economic downturn we don’t want put any added burden on contractors.”
It wasn’t a case of cattle rustling, after all. A number of cows and calves reported missing from a farm along Highway Z in western Miller County recently, have been found. The animals apparently strayed, and weren’t stolen as first thought. The owner reported to the Miller County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend that he had located the cattle.
A soldier from Rolla has been killed in Afghanistan. P-F-C Bradley Melton was serving as part of a combat engineering unit and was killed by an I-E-D. The 29-year-old father of two was in the military for more than decade.
Congressman Todd Akin will run for the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in next year’s election. At a news conference announcing his Senate candidacy this morning in his home district in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur, Akin said “I’m going to be offering the people of Missouri a literal exact opposite record of Claire McCaskill.” Akin is the second Republican to enter the race. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman announced her candidacy earlier this year. Missouri’s Senate seat is one of the top targets for Republicans hoping to regain a Senate majority in the 2012 elections.
A Versailles woman has been killed in a crash on Highway 17 near Crocker. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 52-year-old Deanna Goodrich was pronounced dead on the scene late yesterday, after a head-on collision with another car and and a semi. The truck driver was injured and taken to Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach.
There was a memorial service for the four graduate students who died in a car wreck on Highway 42 in Miller County, last week. Students and professors at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla paid tribute to the students, who were all from India, yesterday. Two of them had just graduated on May 8th and were preparing to start new jobs in the Saint Louis area. They were on a shopping trip to Lake of the Ozarks. The lone survivor of the crash, 22 year old Murali Bottu, is in fair condition and still recovering from his injuries.
There will be a public meeting on emergency preparedness, tonight, at the Lake Ozark Fire House on Bagnell Dam Boulevard. Starting at six o’clock, they’ll have information on dealing with a number of summer disasters, like heat stroke, heat exhaustion and water rescues.