The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri chapter is providing assistance to a Montreal family that lost their home in a fire this week. Camden county volunteers met with the family yesterday (Wednesday) and provided financial assistance for them to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food. Family members also received comfort kits which contain personal hygiene items. The family, which consists of three adults and two children, were not injured in the fire and are now staying with relatives.
A Lebanon R-3 bus driver and two monitors have been suspended after a pre-school student was left on a bus alone for nearly two hours. A pre-school student was suppose to be dropped off at Esther Elementary yesterday (Wednesday) for the afternoon pre-school session. However, the child fell asleep and remained on the bus after it had been parked at the transfer station. School superintendent Dr. Duane Widhalm says the district’s procedure was not followed in the way staff have been trained and there is no excuse for not following procedure. He adds this should have never happened.
A camdenton woman who is accused of slashing the throat of her 9 month old baby has seen a judge set aside her Alford plea. A psychiatrist’s testimony yesterday (Wednesday) in court convinced the judge to set aside the plea entered by Bradie Simpson. The doctor said she was suffering from a mental disease at the time of the alleged attack. Bradie Simpson was accused of attacking her 9 month old baby in Camden county back in February of 2012. The child survived and was later found along with Simpson in a wooded area behind their home. By trying to use an Alford plea, Simpson was admitting prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her, but she still maintains her innocence.
The body of a ten year old that was the subject of a multi-state amber alert has been found. Sources say ten year old Hailey Owens has been found and Springfield police are reporting there is evidence of foul play. A suspect, identified as Craig Michael Wood has been arrest on first degree murder charges. Authorities say Hailey was walking near her home in Springfield yesterday afternoon when a white male grabbed her and took her. They believe the abduction was random and do not believe Hailey knew the man.
A traffic stop in Lake Ozark has resulted in a drug charge against an Ozark man. Reuban Ledon Boles has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance after being stopped Monday on Bagnell Dam Boulevard. Police had initially pulled boles over for not having a license plate on the front of his vehicle. Police then detected the smell of marijuana and asked the suspect to exit the vehicle. Boles refused, attempted to hit the officer and then took off running. Police apprehended the suspect and after a search of the area also found several baggies allegedly containing methamphetamine. A small bag of marijuana was also found in the suspect’s car. Boles has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Questions remain as to what caused the stern of the historic Larry Don to sink this week at its mooring near Bagnell Dam. Salvage crews from hart diving and salvage were on the scene on Tuesday assessing the situation and owner terry hart says he is unsure if ice was the cause of the sinking. He says raising the 65-foot passenger vessel will be tricky due to the boat’s proximity to the docks, as well as the wind, the ice, the boat’s high center of gravity and underwater cable. The plan is to raise the vessel with airbags, pump it free of water and then determine the source of the leak. Hart says the owners who also own beavers at the dam have not decided if the historic vessel will be salvaged or repaired. If salvage crews are able to raise the boat, it will be towed a couple hundred yards along the shoreline to the iguana sports facility which has the original trolley used to launch the boat. The Larry Don made its debut at the lake in 1948. It is believed to be the oldest commercial boat at the lake.
The Insane Clown Posse could face future legal trouble. Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard has issued a “cease and desist” letter to the band’s label, psychopathic records. In it, he says the band’s promotion activities and sales of tickets violated state law because the group had not obtained a permit for the event. Because insane clown posse and psychopathic records had been selling tickets and promoting the event and had not obtained a permit from Miller County those actions according to Howard have been in violation of the Missouri statutes. Because the band’s label has declared its intent to move the event away from crybaby campgrounds in Kaiser, Howard said his office would take no further action. However, he said, if the label is determined to be scheduling or promoting any similar event anywhere within the state of Missouri during the applicable period of limitations, without first obtaining a permit, his office may pursue criminal proceedings. He also noted that if the news of the event cancellation proved inaccurate, his office would prosecute those violations and pursue an injunction to prohibit that event or any similar ones in the future.