Camden County Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

Twenty-two year old Adam Hammond, of Camden County, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole for producing child porn and enticing a minor for sex.

Hammond was also ordered by The United States Attorney to pay over 1700 dollars to his victim.
Hammond met the 11-year-old girl through a social networking site and persuaded her to send him sexually explicit images of herself. He then traveled to her home and picked her up. The victim’s mother saw her leaving and followed them in her own vehicle. Hammond was arrested after crashing his car.

ACLU: Camdenton Only School to Challenge Us

A federal judge has ordered the Camdenton R-III School District to stop using its Internet filtering software to restrict access to websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the district on behalf of organizations whose websites are blocked by the filter. ACLU attorney Tony Rothert says the district’s filtering system violates First Amendment rights, engaging in ‘viewpoint discrimination’ by blocking access to websites supportive of LGBT issues:

Under terms of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey, the district has 30 days to remove the Internet filters:

ACLU attorney Tony Rothert tells what happens next:

Camdenton school officials say they’re considering their options, but Superintendent Tim Hatfield released a written statement saying the district “stands by its position that it has acted in the best interest of its students and will continue to do so. The District does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination against any of its students and supports the rights of its students to receive information.”

Toddler’s Death Now Believed to be Murder

The three-year-old boy who died early this morning wasn’t the victim of a hit and run driver. 21-year old T.J. Presley’s been charged with second degree murder in the death of Blake Litton of Stover. Investigators now believe Litton was killed at his home and taken where his body was found by Presley. Investigators say Litton’s mom is Presley’s girlfriend.

State AG Asked to Take Over Waynesville Schools Theft Case

Pulaski County’s Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman says he’s turning over to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office the case of alleged theft of funds from the Waynesville R-VI School District by one of its’ employees. The theft was reported in January. Hillman says among the reasons for the request are his knowledge of and past work with the suspect, as well as possible testimony by school district officials. Hillman says the individual, who hasn’t been identified, isn’t in a position to engage in any criminal activity in relation to the district.

UPDATE: Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is searching for the vehicle that struck and killed a three-year-old Stover boy early this morning in Morgan County:

Blake Litton was transported to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia, where he was pronounced dead, according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch:

Police are looking for a white car with round taillights. If anyone has any information about the accident, they are asked to call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office or the Highway Patrol.

Camdenton Schools Ordered to Stop Filtering Internet

A federal judge has ordered the Camdenton R-III School District to stop blocking students’ access to websites with information about gay, lesbian and transgender issues. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a preliminary injunction, ordering the district to discontinue use of its Internet filtering software as currently configured.  The ACLU claims the district’s filtering system violates First Amendment rights by blocking access to websites dealing with alternative lifestyles. Camdenton Schools Superintendent Tim Hadfield says the district is disappointed by the judge’s order and is working with its attorneys to consider its options. In a written statement, the Superintendent says “The District stands by its position that it has acted in the best interest of its students and will continue to do so. The District does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination against any of its students and supports the rights of its students to receive information.”

3-Year-Old Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver

A three-year-old was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early this morning in Morgan County. It happenedon Missouri-135 at Buttons Road. According to the Highway Patrol, Blake Litton of Stover walked from the ditch line into the lane of traffic and was struck by a vehicle which left the scene, heading northbound. The little boy was transported to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Troopers did not have a description of the driver or vehicle.