A Sedalia man was hospitalized after the Mack truck he was driving was hit by another vehicle early Thursday morning. According to the Missouri state highway patrol, Jerry Degroot, 53, was driving a 2007 Mack truck west on highway 50 when an oncoming Chevrolet Malibu crossed the center line and side-swiped the truck. The only injuries reported were sustained by Degroot even though the Malibu received more extensive damage. Degroot’s injuries were categorized as moderate and he was taken by ambulance to Bothwell hospital in Sedalia.
Two international military students training at Fort Leonard Wood; have been ordered to leave the United States. Mohammed Mefleh, a Jordanian army officer, and Antoine Chela, an officer in the Lebanese army, were arrested in October, following allegations that they attempted to entice a 12 year old girl into their vehicle and asked for sexual favors. According to the Pulaski county prosecutor Kevin Hillman, the family of the victim requested that she not have to go through the trauma of having to testify at two trials. An agreement was reached that required both Mefleh and Chela serve 90 days in the Pulaski county jail, pay for the cost of their incarceration, and they had to leave the country and not return. Hillman said, officials from the U.S. department of homeland security are tracking the two men, and will verify their departure.
Four people are behind bars following three separate drug investigations in Laclede County. The prosecuting attorney’s office has charged 31 year old Jenel Cameron, 22 year old Jesse Richard nelson, 26 year old Sarah Nicole mills and 50 year old Timothy Dean Hough all of Lebanon with felony possession of a controlled substance. Hough is also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. All four have been booked into the Laclede County jail. The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group assisted the Laclede County Sheriff in all arrests.
The third and final span of the old hurricane deck bridge at the Lake of the Ozarks is tentatively scheduled to be taken down either next Friday, January 24th or Saturday the 25th. Which date the blasts will occur depends on how the work goes in setting the detonators next week.
Secretary of state Jason Kander unveils a set of legislative proposals aimed at restoring public trust, protecting Missourians, growing Missouri business and keeping elections secure, open and accurate. Kander announced this week that 2014 priorities include sweeping ethics legislation along with several other bills sponsored by both republicans and democrats in both the house and senate. Kander says these proposals are common sense solutions that will help Missourians in their daily lives…everything from protecting their hard earned savings to increasing access to the voting booth. Kander has also voiced support for passing the Missouri non-discrimination act and taking advantage of federal tax dollars to create jobs and expand Medicaid.
A search at a residence in Laclede County has led to the seizure of several controlled substances. The search warrant was served by the lake area narcotics enforcement group at a residence in the 25-thousand block of Evanston road. Several bags of marijuana were seized along with ecstasy pills and several bags of methamphetamine. 50 year old Timothy Dean Hough has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance. Hough has been booked into the Laclede county jail. The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group assisted the Laclede County Sheriff’s office in the arrest.
Missouri could carry out future executions by firing squad. That is according to legislation being proposed in the house. The state currently puts inmates to death by lethal injection, though state law also permits use of lethal gas. The house bill adds an option for executions by firing squads consisting of five law enforcement officers chosen by the state corrections director. Missouri’s next execution is scheduled for January 29th.