A Morgan County woman accused of helping her boyfriend kill her three year old son in 2012 is back in court today (Monday) in Laclede County. 29 year old Jamie Litton will make an appearance for a motion and a pre-trial conference. She is expected to go on trial in august for first degree murder and abuse of a child resulting in death. Recently it was determined that Litton got pregnant while in custody in the Laclede County jail. She faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all charges against her. Her boyfriend, 23 year old Thomas Presley has already been found guilty on all counts.
The 20th annual polar plunge to benefit the Special Olympics took place on Saturday in Osage Beach. The event was a great time for both participants and spectators alike and sergeant Arlyne Page with the Osage Beach police department says all money raised helps send special Olympic athletes to competitions throughout the year.
The Special Olympics has more than 16,000 athletes in Missouri. No word yet on how much money has been raised but when the final numbers are tallied, organizers are hoping to meet or surpass the $130,000 raised during last year’s event.
With the recent snow we’ve received, tornadoes are not exactly at the forefront of the minds of most lake area residents. However, in advance of severe weather season in Missouri, the national weather service, the state emergency management agency and local emergency managers are promoting severe weather awareness week march 2nd thru the 6th. This week’s campaign is geared toward helping residents be prepared for dangerous tornadoes, severe storms, lightning and flooding. The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1:30 pm. Tomorrow, outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios across the state will sound, signaling the beginning of the drill indicating residents should practice taking shelter.
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A St. Louis man has received a charge of murder in the first degree in an incident that happened in May of last year. On February 26th Judge Stan Moore accepted an Alford plea of guilty from Calvin Kyles after a previous enter of not guilty at a preliminary hearing back in August. Back in May of 2014, 28 year old Danielle Bell was found alive but suffering from stab wounds at a residence in Camdenton. As emergency personnel were taking her to a helicopter, she died from her injuries. Bell was able to inform law enforcement before she passed on details that lead authorities to search statewide for Kyles and were able to apprehend him near Osceola. Sources say that Kyles had been living in the Camdenton area at the time of Bell’s death and may have been in an argument with Belle about another man prior to the stabbing. Bell was married to Kyles and had only arrived days earlier to the Lake region before the incident occurred.
2004. That is how long it’s been since the vital systems helping to keep 911 working in Laclede county has been updated. Earlier this week Sheriff Wayne Merritt spoke in front of residents of the community at the Lebanon Rotary club and told those in attendance that they’re going to ask for a tax to cover the difference. Merritt says he’s going to ask voters of the county to approve a 3/16th of 1% sales tax that would fund the replacement of the 911 system by 2016. Merritt says that the biggest issue is the equipment replacement money comes from a tax on landlines which are disappearing fast. It is estimated that the new system could cost upwards of $300,000 with an additional $150,000 for the dispatch system alone.
The Benton County Commission was busy this past week meeting with several community members and representatives. Commissioner Steve Daleske had reported to the board that he has applied for the Phase 1 and 2 assessments of property for environmental purposes regarding the old road maintenance building which caught fire back in 2014. In other business the board accepted a bid from MFA Oil Company for the diesel fuel in Road district # 2 beating out both Warsaw Oil and Zollicker Oil. The board did speak with a representative from both Vicky Hartzler’s office as well as Roy Blunt’s office about upcoming legislation and matters to the county. Finally the board spoke with a representative of the Teal Bend homeowners association. They are looking for form a Neighborhood improvement district to which the board will further review the options during their March 9th meeting.