An arrest has been made in the murder of 35 year old Chad Gerber in Laclede County. According to the Laclede County prosecuting attorney’s office, 65 year old Matthew Rumbaugh of Mountain Grove was arrested and has been charged with first degree murder, first degree assault and two counts of felony armed criminal action. According to a release, Rumbaugh had allegedly confessed to the killing to Laclede county deputies after he had been taken in. Rumbaugh had owned the garage where Gerber worked. Originally the Sheriff’s office had arrested Gerber’s wife Jennifer, who had been in the house with her daughter during the shooting incident and were unharmed. However, she has since been released after police determined she had nothing to do with the shooting. Jennifer Gerber also indicated to police that she was willing to complete a polygraph. A 15 year old, Gerber’s son, is still recovering from also being shot during the incident. Rumbaugh is currently being held in the Laclede County jail with no bond.
The trial of a former Stoutland high school coach who is facing statutory rape charges has been postponed. The trial of 43 year old Scott White is being postponed so that the Attorney General can take over the prosecution. White was arrested in 2012 on four counts of first degree statutory rape in Barry County after a student under the age of 14 from the Exeter school district came forward claiming she had sex with white in 2011 who was a teacher and coach at the school.
Local reaction continues to come in regarding Governor Jay Nixon’s recent veto of legislation that would’ve defined captive deer as livestock. Mike Huffman is the outreach and education division chief with the Missouri Department of Conservation. He told KRMS news the M.D.C. is very happy with the Governor’s decision.
Governor Nixon says he vetoed the legislation because it violates the Missouri Constitution and goes against longstanding successful conservation practices.
It’s been a busy week for Governor Jay Nixon as he has signed and vetoed several bills. Some of the pieces of legislation approved include a bill which extends a program providing prescription drug assistance to older Missourians and those with disabilities. Another bill signed by the Governor creates a new license for assistant physicians. Several measures were also vetoed this week. For example, Nixon vetoed two bills dealing with payday loans and short term installment lenders. The governor says one bill does not provide true reform to payday lending while the other takes away the authority of local governments to protect consumers. A total of ten bills were approved by Nixon Thursday while five were vetoed.
A Georgia woman was seriously injured after the boat she was in hit a large wake Wednesday night at the nine mile marker of the main channel of the Lake of the Ozarks. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division 52 year old Virginia Shaw of Atlanta, Georgia became airborne and fell within the boat. She was taken to Lake Regional hospital for treatment.
Amsinger says an open house and dedication for the new station will take place later this month. However, no official date has yet been set.
Plans for a proposed K-9 unit for the Laurie Police Department remains up in the air. The city’s Board of Alderman tabled the proposal this week due to financial problems. However, multiple business owners and police departments have shown overwhelming support for the unit and many have expressed interest in donating to it. Police Chief Mark Black believes with the manpower shortage the department has right now, a K-9 would be a good tool for officers and an asset not only to the department but also for the city. K-9 units have proven to be very effective in combating illegal drug activity, tracking and apprehending criminals, search and rescue efforts and detecting arson.