Twelve people were recently arrested in separate incidents by the Morgan County sheriff’s department. Between January 23rd and the 29th, deputies responded to numerous calls including three residential burglaries, three for 2nd/3rd degree assault, two for domestic assault, one for illegal drugs and one for stealing. It was also reported there are currently 141 inmates in the county jail including three “ICE” detainees.
Several roadway projects are taking place this week in Camden County. According to MODOT, bridge maintenance will take place starting tomorrow (Monday) on route “A” over Barnett branch and Wet Glaise creek east of Toronto drive and over Conns creek. In Miller County, roadside maintenance will take place starting tomorrow (Monday) on route 52 between Twin creek road east and West While bridge maintenance will take place on route 54 over Wrights creek and on route “C” over Deane creek. Culvert pipe installation is also taking place in various locations on route “Y” between route “W” and the end of state maintenance in Morgan County. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic thru the work area.
The Highway Patrol’s troop “F” which serves the Lake Area will be conducting a special enforcement operation this month. According to Captain Gregory Kindle the Patrol is partnering with local law enforcement to conduct a sobriety and hazardous moving saturation campaign. During February, checkpoints will be set up in Camden and Miller Counties as part of “the drive to zero highway deaths” initiative. According to the Highway Patrol, there have been six fatalities so far this year.
Hundreds of pro life activists were on hand at the State Capital yesterday (Saturday). The 5th annual Midwest march for life rally featured supporters from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois along with state lawmakers such as Senator Mike Kehoe. State legislators have been considering several measures that would put new restrictions on abortion including a proposal that would require a notarized written consent from a parent or guardian for a minor wanting to have an abortion. Another requires written consent from the father.
Superbowl 49 is about to take place this Sunday afternoon and an area star is one of the ones who will be playing on the field. Justin Britt was once a star at the Lebanon High School but now he plays for the Seattle Seahawks and he’ll be on the field for the game. Britt had been out for several weeks with a sore knee but according to reports, he’s expected to be on the lineup this Sunday. Britt graduated in 2009 and was the left tackle that helped lead the Yellowjackets to the playoffs. He attended the University of Missouri as an offensive lineman and is currently in his rookie season in the NFL. We have full coverage of Superbowl 49 starting at 3pm on our sister station 935 ROCKS.
The former postal worker from who was involved in an incident between a 14 year old girl back in July of 2013 at the Shiner’s Club in Warsaw now has a trial date. 53 year old Jeffrey Spry is being charged with Statutory Sodomy in the 1st and 2nd degrees along with deviate sexual intercourse. His trial date will be February 23rd at 9AM in Polk County on a change of venue from Benton County. Spry was taken into custody by the Benton County Sheriff’s Department back in August of 2013 after the parents of the 14 year old girl found a text message on her IPAD that was sexual in nature.
A Laclede County Judge has finally sentenced a man who had pleaded guilty to several counts of animal abuse back in November of 2014. According to court documents, Thomas Oviatt was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Steven Jackson to one year in the county jail for five of the counts, however, that sentence was suspended and Oviatt was instead placed on two years of supervised probation. He will also be required to put forth 120 hours of community service and will be restricted from owning any livestock in the future. Last year the Animal Cruelty Task Force discovered several horses and cattle on Oviatt’s property that were all underweight and abused.