A Missouri death row inmate scheduled to be put to death just after midnight tonight has been granted a say of execution. John Middleton was scheduled to die for a 1995 murder. Middleton was a meth dealer in northern Missouri and was convicted for killing three people out of fear they would snitch to police. He was sentenced to death for the third murder. A witness came forward in February suggesting that two other men were the real killers. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry ruled that there was enough questions about Middleton’s sanity that a hearing should determine if he is fit to be executed since the U.S. Constitution prohibits executing the mentally ill.
The City of Osage Beach is planning to hold a public forum tonight that will be hosted by the Citizens Advisory Committee with the goal of getting information from the public on how the city can regain the tourism on the west side of the bridge. Assistant City Administrator Jeana Woods says everyone is invited
The meeting is taking place at city hall located on Osage Beach Parkway next to Harper Chapel starting at 6pm and ending at 8pm.
Teachers and Administrators will remain unarmed in Missouri’s Public Schools. Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill yesterday (Moday) which would have allowed school districts to designate certain personnel as School Protection Officers, authorizing them to carry concealed firearms in school buildings and classrooms. Nixon says arming teachers will not make schools safer and believes it’s simply the wrong approach. In other news from the education front, the Governor did sign legislation that tasks groups of parents and educators with writing new standards to replace common core. The new standards are to be put in place by 2016. For now, the controversial federal program remains in place.
A Missouri death row inmate is scheduled to be put to death just after midnight tonight (Tuesday). However, his attorney says the state is about to execute an innocent man. John Middleton is scheduled to die for a 1995 murder. Middleton was a meth dealer in northern Missouri and was convicted for killing three people out of fear they would snitch to police. He was sentenced to death for the third murder. A witness came forward in February suggesting that two other men were the real killers. Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson disagrees and after revisiting the case concluded that Middleton was in fact the killer.
Yesterday afternoon (Monday) Governor Jay Nixon passed and vetoed a few bills. One of the bills that Nixon vetoed was senate bill 841 which pertains to the sale of e-cigarettes. The bill was set to exempt these new products from the existing laws and taxes placed on traditional tobaccos cigarettes. the governor says he vetoed this bill because the FDA is still investigating whether or not these items are as harmful to the public as regular cigarettes. On the flip side of that coin the governor did pass house bill 2238, which will now allow the use of hemp or marijuana extract to treat individuals with epilepsy and also allow the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to local farmers for the growing of hemp, but strictly for research purposes with an emergency clause that is included in the bill.
At last night’s (Monday) meeting of the Osage Beach Board of Alderman met in special session to discuss several items that are coming up at their next meeting for vote. The first item of discussion included a budget review showing where the city sits today. The second conversation was deciding whether or not the city should hire a full time economic developer for the city to help get new businesses in town. The Alderman debated it heavily and decided to have more of a discussion later down the road. Some aldermen suggested having a current staff member take on the additional work while others believe they should work more heavily with the local economic development groups already working in the lake area. Either way they all agreed that in the past, Osage Beach had not been as open as some other cities in the lake and they want to change that now that they have control over Osage Beach Parkway. All items discussed on Monday night will be fully discussed at their next scheduled meeting.
There has been a new development in the case of a child’s skeletal remains discovered last year near Dixon. Investigators have released new images showing what the child possibly looked like. Police are hoping the release of the forensic drawing of the victim along with a description of other characteristics which have been determined by studying the remains will help with identification. Authorities believe the child was between the ages of 8 and 13 but are not sure if the child was a boy or girl. The victim could have also had a background of Native American, Hispanic or Latin ancestry.