The family of 20 year old Brandon Ellingson who drowned while in the custody of the Highway Patrol’s Water Division back in May has filed a lawsuit in Federal court against the Highway patrol. According to court documents, the lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages on eight counts relative to negligent training, civil rights violations and more. The suit is using information submitted by Trooper Anthony Piercy, the arresting officer, which was released at a corner’s inquest and says that the officer had improper training as well as question whether or not the trooper used emergency lights. The suit will also investigate the toxicology reports that Ellingson had a blood alcohol level of 0.268% at the time of the drowning.
The road across the Truman dam is currently closed until December 12th. According to the U.S. Army Core of Engineers, construction is underway through a contractor repairing a water stop at the monolith joint on the structure near gates 6 and 7. Once the work is completed, the roadway will be re-opened.
Business, government and law enforcement leaders turned out for Thursday’s public hearing in St. Joseph by a legislative committee examining the merger of the water patrol with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Over the past two months four hearings have been held by the committee; and, depending on who’s responding, the merger has been either “seamless” or “screwed up.” Representative Rocky Miller is one of those who believe the merger was screwed up.
Miller says the testimony he’s heard shows that the merger has not gone well and places the blame for that at the feet of Governor Jay Nixon.
The hearings come on the heels of the drowning of 20 year old Brandon Ellingson in May. Vigils are being held for him Sunday in Lake Ozark and also in Iowa and Arizona.
Broadcasting music incorporated has filed a lawsuit against a local establishment. BMI is suing Jolly Rogers grub n’ grog in Rocky Mount for allegedly infringing on copyright laws, claiming they performed songs licensed to the company without authorization. BMI, which owns the rights to over 8.5 million copyrighted musical compositions, is asking for an injunction to stop Jolly Rogers from using their music and for the judge to assess damage fees. Jolly Rogers claims the songs performed were used in fair use, independently created, authorized or were in the public domain.
A former employee with the Camdenton school district has now been charged with a felony following an investigation by police showed that she stole around $127,000 of student’s lunch money. Food service worker, 38 year old Cassandra Franklin of Macks Creek has been charged with a class “B” felony for allegedly stealing between 50 and 700 dollars a day over a period of six years. If convicted, she faces 5 to 15 years in prison. A number of schools allow parents to pre-pay for their kid’s lunches by depositing money into an account. Students can then swipe a card at lunch to buy their meal. According to authorities, Franklin allegedly manipulated some of those accounts and pocketed the money.
CO-MO electric cooperative members are receiving their portion of $2 million dollars in retired capital credits on their electric bills. The cooperative’s board of directors authorized the return of the funds to those who last earned credits in 2003. The retired capital credits were used to finance the cooperative’s operation in previous years and are distributed to members based on how long they have been part of the cooperative.
The Dickneite Oil Company has been searching for their lost Dinosaur that was taken early last month from their fuel business near the lake area. Reports showed that someone took off with the Dino but this week a local resident contact the company to inform them that they Dinosaur was sitting on the side of the road. According to reports, they were able to get the Dino back on the building and someone donated several Dinosaur toys with it to give to the local Toys for Tots charity drive. The business had this Dinosaur on their building because they are a Sinclair station, who’s logo is a Dinosaur.