The search by the Missouri Board of Education to replace outgoing education Commissioner Chris Nicastro has slowed down after facing criticism that the process was being rushed. The Missouri department of elementary and secondary education says nominations and applications will now be accepted thru November 21st and a new commissioner is expected to be chosen by the end of the year.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a registered sex offender that has been on the run for the past week after he removed his GPS monitoring bracelet. Joshua Keith McFerrin, who was last spotted in bland county on Halloween, has several active warrants out of Franklin County including second degree murder, armed criminal action, and escape from custody while under arrest. Police say McFerrin could be in the Mid-Missouri area or possible en route to Florida. He’s believed to be armed and extremely dangerous.
We’ve been telling you this past week about the issue that was recently raised about the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge and tolls being charges to area Law Enforcement and Emergency officials to cross the bridge. As of Saturday, the USDA Rural Development agency agreed to adjust the rules based on the recommendation of the bridge Treasurer who recommended this week to remove the restrictions and allow all emergency personnel to cross without a toll. The only stipulation on the bridge will be that all emergency vehicles must be recognizable to bridge officials. The changes will go into effect immediately.
An area hunter who went missing last week has been located. According to the Highway Patrol, a 54 year old hunter had been hunting on U.S. Forest land near the southwest portion of Phelps County. Troopers brought in a helicopter with Infra-Red imaging which was able to detect a flashing light in a thickly wooded area. Troopers discovered the man who was using a disposable lighter to signal the copter. He had injured his ankle and was not able to move from the area. He was transferred to an area hospital and is currently recovering at this time. His name was not released.
The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has dismissed the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule regarding misfueling mitigation plans for the sale of E15 gasoline that contains ethanol. Several area boat manufactures were looking for some kind of ruling to come down as they claim the corn based fuel actually damages outboard motors. The court claims that the opposition to E15 quote “Failed to establish Article 3 standing because they could not show members has suffered or are with suffering an injury due to the fuel that would be traceable to this misfueling regulation and redressable by a favorable decision.” Groups backing the opposition say “It’s not over yet” and that this is only a “temporary road block” in the process.
A St. Louis man is dead following a single vehicle accident on Saturday. According to the Highway Patrol, 67 year old Michael Dunn was traveling eastbound on Highway 44 in his 2002 Chrysler Minivan when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. He was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say he was not wearing his seatbelt.
Several telemarketers in the Ozarks have been banned from calling people in their own state. According to a report, Attorney General Chris Koster announced this past week that he’s filed a lawsuit against The Buzz Marketing and Communications along with their owner Kim Bascom for placing nearly a quarter million calls to Missourians who are on the state’s no call list during a six month period back in 2012 to sell Ozark area tours. An agreement was struck up prohibiting them from making calls to Missouri residents from now on and if they violate the agreement, they face up to $175,000 in fines and they must reimburse the state for the court costs.