More than 260,000 deer were killed in Missouri during this year’s hunting season which is an increase of 8,000 from the previous one. That’s according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The 2014 spring and fall turkey numbers are also in, with hunters killing almost 56,000. The MDC also reports there were four hunting related deaths during deer season; one hunter fell from a tree stand, another was killed after a heater exploded inside a deer blind, one died from a heart attack and the fourth was killed after being shot by another hunter.
A Crocker man has pleaded guilty to a felony count of transportation of child porn. According to court documents, 39 year old Kevin Zimmerman entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey in the St. Louis area. Zimmerman was a substitute teacher and coach with the Crocker School district. The documents say that Zimmerman said his relationship with the victim turned intimate during the victim’s senior year of high school. When officers got wind of the situation, he was arrested and kicked out of the school. He will be sentenced in April of this year and faces 5 to 20 years and possible fines up to $250,000.
The Lebanon police department is mourning the loss of their own. According to reports, On Thursday sometime between 6 and 7pm, 8 year old Dax, a German shepherd who worked as a K9 officer, died after being hit by a vehicle. According to the Public Information Officer Tim Early, he was at home with his handler Officer Dawson, when we was let outside to go to the bathroom. After searching for a few hours, he was found by the train tracks with marks that appear to be from a dually truck. The case is currently being investigated to determine if it was an accident or not.
The Warsaw R9 School district is improving security at their campus in an effort to keep students safe. Over the winter holiday, school officials spent time enhancing the security entrances at all five of the district’s buildings. According to reports, the school hired the overhead door company to install these entrances at a cost of over $87,000. The biggest item that took the longest to accomplish was moving the south school office, which had to be relocated to a former classroom near the main entry area to accomplish installing the new entrance.
A Climax Springs Woman was air lifted to an area hospital with serious injuries following a single vehicle accident in Cole County. According to the Highway Patrol, 53 year old Linda Beard was traveling eastbound on Highway 54 in her 2009 Chevrolet Silverado when she traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected and traveled off the right side of the road striking a tree. The Highway Patrol reports that she was not wearing her seatbelt.
The sentencing of a Laclede County man who recently pled guilty to 12 counts of animal abuse, a class “A” misdemeanor, has been postponed. Thomas Oviatt is accused of starving and neglecting several horses at his farm in January of last year and was suppose to have been sentenced on Thursday. His attorney asked for a continuance which was granted over the objection of the prosecutor. The sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for January 29th.
A Laclede County man landed himself in jail this past week for allegedly attacking his wife’s boyfriend with a pipe. Sheriff’s deputies were responded to an incident on native drive. When they arrived it was discovered that the 26 year old suspect had left the property. Deputies soon located the man’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Knives and a whip were found on the suspect at the time of his arrest.