An escaped inmate thought to be on his way to the lake area has been caught. Brandon McGee was apprehended Wednesday night at the home of an acquaintance in Sedalia after escaping last Thursday from the Pettis County Jail. According to authorities McGee escaped by dismantling some plumbing in the shower room and made his way thru the hole into a service corridor that led to an exit. According to police he surrendered peacefully and say there are no plans at this time to arrest the resident of the house where McGee was hiding.
A Laclede County man who shot and killed a Black Bear in June is now facing criminal charges. The Prosecutors office has charged Jimmy Don Slavens with 3 class “A” misdemeanors. Slavens reportedly was driving on Jadestone road when a Black Bear ran out in front of his truck and became trapped between the truck and a fence. Slavens then shot and killed the bear. He has been charged with illegally possessing, disposing and killing of wildlife. Black Bears are a protected species in Missouri.
A Roach woman was killed in an ATV accident Wednesday night at Friar Tuck and Robin Hood Lane in Camden County. According to the Highway Patrol, 71 year old Alice Vanmeter was thrown from an ATV after she traveled off the roadway, struck a tree stump and a concrete retaining wall. Vanmeter then landed on a driveway below the retaining wall. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Camden County medical examiner. The Highway Patrol says Vanmeter was not wearing a helmet.
Three individuals who had been arrested in an all out manhunt were charged Tuesday in Pulaski County Court. According to Sheriff Ron Long, the 3rd person wanted in connection with the robbery and injury to an 82 year old man from Swedeborg was picked up Tuesday morning. Pulaski County deputies tracked the person of interest, Vernon Dale Parker, into the Fulton area and apprehended him. He had already been charged with burglary and theft in Osage Beach as well as two other locations inside Miller County. Also arrested was 24 year old Jessica Berry of Dixon, 35 year old Thomas York of Dixon and 57 year old Roby Sapere of Richland. In the probable cause statement from the Sheriff’s office, deputies heard the victim screaming for help when they arrived. They found him lying on the floor, bound with his hands to his feet with duct tape and half naked. He had been severely beaten where his eyes where swollen shut. There were five other individuals who also were picked up during the manhunt and they will receive separate charges. The elderly man is still in critical condition at this time.
Guilty is the plea entered in a child sodomy case out of the Brumley area. According to the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard’s office, 25 year old Aaron Michael Fisher entered a guilty plea before the Judge on Monday. Howard had charged fisher with two counts of forcible sodomy against the man’s 5 month old infant daughter. The case came to light after the man’s daughter was brought to Lake Regional’s emergency room. Immediately the Lake of the Ozarks sexual abuse response team was notified about the child’s condition and signs of sexual abuse. The child eventually had to be transferred to a hospital in Columbia due to her injuries which included an apparent skull fracture along with broken bones. A final sentencing hearing is scheduled to be held on November 6th at the courthouse in Tuscumbia. The sentence in accordance with state law could result in life in prison without the possibility of parole. The child’s custody was taken away from both parents.
A new petition to save the route between St. Louis and Kansas City once known as the Rock Island Railroad is picking up steam. The Missouri Rock Island Trail Collation is gathering signatures to petition Ameren Missouri to Railbank, or allow the trail to be built where the rails once lived to create a second Katy trail like system in Missouri. The petition has already received a large amount of support from residents as well as biking enthusiast from across the state. The rock island trail project in Eldon includes a local effort to purchase the line allowing a trail to be built from Windsor to Union where the rail line still exists. Ameren already allowed the state to connect the Katy trail in Windsor to Pleasant Hill allowing the Katy to finally reach the Kansas City metro. Supporters are hoping the deal will allow the trail to increase tourism and support for the communities it once served as a rail line. The last train to arrive in Eldon was in the 1980s and the line has sat untouched since that time. Trains do run on the track operated by the Central Missouri Railroad through Ameren between St. Louis and Union and Union Pacific Railroad also owns the section between Pleasant Hill and Downtown Kansas City. Ameren indicated earlier this year that they wanted to sell the line. The petition can be found by going to http://mobikefed.org
A full interview with News Director John Rogger and Rock Island Coalition.
Ameren Missouri is informing the public on a scam that is happening throughout the state. According to Kent Martin Communications representative with Ameren Missouri, these scam artists are able to make the number they call from show Ameren on the I.D. and they are demanding payment or you’ll be disconnected:
Martin says scammers are calling on the phone claiming to be with Ameren and demanding payment over the phone using prepaid credit cards:
Martin says that if you receive a phone call or someone comes to your door pretending to be with Ameren and demanding payment or face disconnection, hang up or close the door and call ameren right away at 1-800-552-7583