Launderville says there has been some recent transition with personnel and they’re currently short one staff member. Chief Launderville who has over 34 years of law enforcement experience, comes to Lake Ozark from the state of Iowa where he served as sheriff of Buena Vista county for six years.
The trial date of a Morgan County pastor accused of numerous sex crime charges in Moniteau County will be set this spring. Former Stover pastor, 44 year old Travis Smith of California faces several charges including forcible rape, second degree statutory rape, second degree statutory sodomy and sexual abuse related to alleged incidents dating back to 1998, 1999 and 2005. If convicted he faces up to life in prison. Smith was suppose to learn this month when his trial would take place; however, due to the legal trouble facing the Moniteau County prosecutor Shane Healea a special prosecutor has been appointed to the case and a new trial setting date of march 13th has now been set. Healea is facing charges of assault related to an alleged incident in which he left the scene of an accident after injuring four people at a Columbia bar in October. Police believe he was under the influence of alcohol when incident took place.
The Missouri house of representatives has said no to a pay increase for themselves and other state elected officials. Yesterday (Tuesday), the house rejected an eleven percent raise for themselves and a $22,000 dollar a year raise for Governor Nixon. The measure that was drafted to forego a raise was passed 133 to 15 and now goes to the senate for consideration. Some lawmakers believe it will face more opposition there and may only have a 50-50 chance of being passed.
The Osage Beach Police Department is investigating a noise heard on Tuesday afternoon at the Wal-Mart in Osage Beach. According to Sergeant Arlyne Page, police responded to a call of a single gunshot around 5:30 in the afternoon but have not yet found anything that indicated it was actually a gun shot. At this time the head of security is searching through footage from the cameras around the building to determine if it was a gun or some other noise. Page says the police department will continue to look for information and expect an update to the situation on Wednesday morning.
Fresh off the heels of the State of the Union address from President Obama comes another address to the citizens of Missouri. Tonight is the night for the State of the State address by Governor Jay Nixon. Nixon is expected to call for continued fiscal discipline and strategic investments in priorities that will create jobs and grow the economy during tonight’s address. The Governor is expected to also make a call for action to work together across party isles to leave the State better than we found it. KRMS will have full coverage of the State of the State address starting at 7pm sharp following the sports fix.
In an update to a story we brought you last year, the Tyson food company will now have to shell out over $500,000 in damages after ammonia was leaked into the sewer system that subsequently went into an area creek and killed hundreds of fish. According to Attorney General Chris Koster’s office, Tyson will pay $539,000 which will be broken up between costs of damages as well as penalties. Of those penalties, some of the money will go to area schools. They will also be responsible for paying to replace a bridge and upkeep in the Clear Creek and James River basin. Over 100,000 fish died in Clear creek after the sewer system failed causing the ammonia to enter the creek. Tyson says they “deeply regret the incident and are working with state officials to make it right”
Eleven people were arrested over the past week by the Osage Beach police department. According to the department’s arrest report, 38 year old Omar Ruiz of Osage Beach was arrested for DWI, chronic offender and for several traffic violations while 19 year old Ramona Campbell of Eldon was picked up for DWI in an accident. 33 year old Contessa Long and 38 year old Benjamin Hewitt both of Osage Beach were arrested for third degree domestic assault while 18 year Jacob Ponder of Linn Creek was arrested for felony stealing over $500. 32 year old Nathan Bolles of Buffalo, 51 year Tammy Pyles of Osage Beach and 44 year old Tracy Gann of Eldon were picked up on warrants while 26 year old Eric Cyr of Springfield was arrested for possession of marijuana and 52 year old Tracy Johannes of Olean was picked up for shoplifting under $500 from Wal-Mart.