The trial of a 67 year old Camdenton man who is accused of sodomy and sexual abuse allegedly involving a teenage employee has been scheduled for November. Dennis Lee Purdy, the previous owner of Dairy Queen on north highway 5 is facing felony charges of forcible sodomy, statutory sodomy in the second degree and sexual abuse involving a 14 year old girl following an alleged incident in the basement of the restaurant in June of 2013. If convicted, Purdy faces from five years to life in prison. His trial is scheduled to begin November 17th.
It’s been a busy week for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. Between September 1st and the 7th deputies handled a variety of calls including second and third degree assault, burglary, domestic violence and a sexual offense. A total of nine people have been arrested. It was also reported there are currently 126 inmates in the Morgan County Jail including four I.C.E. detainees.
A special monument dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place on September 11th at Fort Leonard Wood. The ceremony will honor 24 fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during operation enduring freedom and operation Iraqi freedom. Brigadier General Maria Gervais, commandant of the U.S. Army chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear school will host the event which begins at 4:30 at the Chemical Memorial Grove.
State Auditor Tom Schweich is accusing Governor Jay Nixon of violating the state constitution by making budget cuts in 2012. An audit was released Monday by Schweich contending the Governor should not have blocked millions of dollars of spending because state revenue exceeded estimates upon which the budget was based. Nixon withheld over 170 million dollars to cover recent flooding and the Joplin tornado. However, the report claims less than $7.8 million dollars of that was actually spent on those disasters that year. The Governor’s office has called Schweich’s conclusions inaccurate.
Below are Schweich’s Press Release and Governor Nixon’s Reply.
The Gravois Arm Sewer District has a customer collection rate of 97 percent and the district has never had to write off any accounts. Since May 2006 they have collected over 2 million in monthly sewer fees. The district has been operating in the black since the phase 3 sewer project, paying their bills, making reserve fund deposits, and they have more than $400,000 in the bank. According to board Chairman Dave Taylor, the stability is attributed to the increase in the number of customers connected in the phase 3 sewer project. Taylor says the next steps for the district is getting the phase 4 sewer project funding approved, which is expected to be minimal due to the existing infrastructure.
The Lake Ozark Board of Alderman will meet tonight Tuesday night in regular session. Items on their agenda include permit requests for bike fest, discussion on financials and bills along appointments to the alderman ward 3 and police chief positions as well as discussion on hiring a community development administrator. The meeting takes place at 6pm inside city hall.
Here is their full agenda:
The Camdenton Board of Aldermen meet Tuesday night in regular session. Items on the agenda include rezoning requests, ordinances regarding zoning regulations for industrial districts, subdivisions and district boundaries along with an ordinance for businesses and alcoholic beverages. The meeting takes place at 7pm inside City Hall.
Here is their full agenda