Several arrests were made over the past week by the Osage Beach police department. Four people were arrested for D.W.I. including 21 year old Keegan Wessley of Camdenton, 22 year old Davis Harskamp of Osage Beach, 44 year old Michael Price of Shawnee, Kansas and 19 year old Rakan Penfield of Rocky Mount. Penfield was also arrested for possession of marijuana as was 26 year old Katie Bianco of Lake Ozark and 20 year old Lynn Simpson of Rocky Mount. 23 year old Jazeeka Booker was also picked up by police for third degree domestic assault.
A Fort Leonard Wood drill sergeant charged with sexually assaulting eight female soldiers has pleaded guilty to three charges at the outset of his court martial. 30 year old Angel Sanchez entered the plea Monday before the start of the military judiciary hearing. Sanchez is accused of using his supervisory position with the 14th military police brigade to threaten some of the women he was tasked with training. He remains accused of 24 violations involving sexual assault and abusive sexual contact.
Lynch says MODOT is currently preparing for the winter months and is in the process of finishing up some fall projects such as the overlay and shoulder work that’s being done on Route 7 in Camden and Benton counties.
The trial of a Laclede County man accused of neglecting and starving several horses has been scheduled for November 20th. Thomas Oviatt was charged with eleven counts of misdemeanor animal abuse earlier this year after the horses were found in an emaciated condition at his farm. Authorities allege Oviatt knowingly failed to provide adequate care for the animals. The horses were turned over to the humane society for care.
A man accused of killing his son-in-law earlier this month in California, Missouri appeared in court Tuesday. 68 year old Donald Bateman is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 43 year old Antoine Johnson back on September 3rd. Bateman’s bond has been set at one million dollars and he’s been appointed a public defender.
A national non-profit group is pumping two million dollars into Missouri’s higher education programs. Governor Jay Nixon announced Monday that U.S.A. funds plans to give grants to help colleges speed students to finishing their degrees and moving into careers. About a million dollars will go to expand the innovation campus initiative, which partners businesses with colleges to help students graduate more quickly. The other million will go to help four year institutions match curricula with employer demands.
A suspect has been arrested in an armed robbery that occurred Sunday in Eldon. According to reports, Eldon police were called out to a robbery in progress at the Jiffy Stop on Business 54. When officers arrived, they confronted the individual at the gas pumps. The suspect then got into his vehicle and attempted to elude police on a high speed chase. Shortly after, witnesses found the vehicle crashed into a business blocks away from the Jiffy Stop. Eldon PD, Miller County Sheriff, The Highway Patrol and the Osage Beach K-9 unit all started searching for the man who went on foot. Currently his name is not being released but he was arrested a half a mile away from the crash site.