Blood Gets 18 Years for Child Abuse

A guilty plea on two felony counts sends an Eldon man to prison for eighteen years. Back in October of 2009, 36-year old Christopher Blood and his 22-year old wife Jessica brought their six week old son to the hospital with arm, chest, and leg injuries. The two were arrested and eventually confessed to squeezing their son after he would not stop crying. Earlier this week, Christopher plead guilty to two felony charges of abusing a child with serious emotional injury. He received 9 years for each count. Jessica is currently serving five years after pleading guilty to a felony endangering the welfare of a child charge.

Blunt Supports Guard Getting Joint Chief Seat

Senator Roy Blunt is co-sponsoring a bill that would give the U.S. National guard a voice in Pentagon resource decisions. The National Guard Empowerment and State-National Defense Integration Act of 2011will give the chief of the National Guard Bureau a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The chief currently works in close collaboration with the Joint Chiefs and U.S. Secretary of defense but does not have a vote. Senate Bill 1025 will also provide an assessment of shifting more responsibility for the nation’s defense to the guard and reserves, stabilize funding for guard domestic missions, and provide more transparency in equipment procurement.

FEMA Application Deadline Extended

FEMA says the deadline for individual property owners to file for aid has been pushed back to August 26. The deadline was originally set for July 29.
Federal help’s available to anyone who has weather-related property damage, from a tornado, flood, strong winds, or the like, in an eligible Missouri county between April 6 and June 6. Those counties include Pulaski. To contact FEMA, call 1-800-621-3362. Describe your property damage to a FEMA agent. FEMA will set up a time to come out and survey your damaged property.

McCaskill Requested Probe Leads Official to Resign

A top Labor Department official’s handed in his resignation. McCaskill asked the department’s inspector general for an investigation after a whistleblower approached her with allegations of contract fraud within the department. McCaskill Chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. The investigation found that Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) Raymond Jefferson, circumvented rules and regulations to secure government contracts for friends and colleagues.

Williams Free on Reduced Bond

A former 2nd District Camden County commission candidate accused of five felonies is free on bond after a judge’s reduction on Wednesday. John Williams posted a $5,000 bond yesterday, reduced from $100,000, on charges of 2nd degree domestic assault, felonious restraint, unlawful use of a weapon, kidnapping, and armed criminal action. In a probable cause statement, an unidentified woman accuses Williams of holding her hostage in a Jeep Cherokee on Friday, pulling a .40 caliber Glock pistol and threatening her with it on Saturday, and arguing about an alleged affair. Williams was arrested Monday after the alleged incidents.

MoDOT Talks Hurricane Deck Bridge Tonight

The 25 million dollar Hurricane Deck Bridge will be the topic tonight at a public forum being held by MoDOT. From 4 to 6:30, representatives will meet with the public to talk easements and construction plans for the bridge replacement which is slated to begin in 2012. Through temporary easements, MoDOT hopes to keep traffic flowing on Highway 5, using only short term closures to establish temporary roadway tie-ins. The meeting tonight takes place place at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District administrative building across from the Hurricane Deck Elementary School.

Blunt Looks for Spending Cuts in Debt Deal

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is hopeful that the Republicans will get the necessary cuts in spending as the debt ceiling deadline draws near. Blunt spoke yesterday on MSNBC about the ongoing U.S. House and U.S. Senate negotiations.

The U.S. Senator says the goal is spending cuts.