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Local News / Law Enforcement Forum
« on: September 07, 2007, 03:25:18 PM »
Waynesville-St Robert Community Forum
on Law Enforcement The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce announces their eleventh Community Forum September 24th at 6:30 pm at the Waynesville High School Library. This Community Forum will feature five guest speakers: Sgt. Crain for the State Highway Patrol Troop I, Sheriff J.B. King for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Col. Galven of Fort Leonard Wood, Chief Curenton for the City of St. Robert Police Department and the Assistant Chief Bob Carter for the City of Waynesville Police Department. The focus of this forum is to educate our community concerning law enforcement in our area. After a brief statement from each guest there will be a question/answer session where the public and media will be able to submit questions for the speakers.

Location: Waynesville High School Library
September 24th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
For more information call the Waynesville/St Robert Chamber of Commerce at 573-336-5121

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Local News / Mules Audit report
« on: September 07, 2007, 04:30:47 AM »
News Release
MULES Audit Report
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Sept. 6, 2007


The Communications Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department underwent an audit today on their work related to the MULES system. MULES stand for Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System. This is the basic statewide/nationwide computer system linking all criminal justice agencies together. The workload for this system consists of checking for all information and wanted notices for people or property. The Dispatchers check license plates, drivers license’s, look for warrants on people, look for orders of protection that are in effect and a host of other work items.

Last year the Dispatchers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department performed over 280,000 MULES transactions. The entry and validation process for the MULES system is quite complex and requires a lot of work to stay current. This was a major audit of the Pulaski County Communication Division. Personnel from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Communication Division complete one of these major audits every three years.

During the exit interview the Highway Patrol examiners told Sheriff J. B. King and the Dispatch staff that they had passed the audit and their overall work condition was excellent. The final total score for the audit was 96%.

Quote by Sheriff King, “I am very pleased with the results of today’s audit. I already knew that we had a fine crew of talented people in our communication section who are working hard and now everyone else has the same knowledge.”

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Local News / MoDOT to Host Public Meeting for Route 17 Bridge
« on: September 06, 2007, 03:18:24 PM »
South Central District
September 05, 2007
MoDOT to Host Public Meeting for Route 17 Bridge, Pulaski County Sept. 18
Willow Springs, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will host a public meeting to discuss options for the replacement of the bridge over the Gasconade River on Route 17 in Pulaski County on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Pulaski County Courthouse in Waynesville, Mo., from 4 to 7 p.m.
According to MoDOT South Central District Transportation Project Manager Robby Rakestraw, several options are on the table. "The purpose in hosting this meeting is to share details of the options we are looking at for replacing the Gasconade River Bridge," Rakestraw explained. "Of course, we are looking to replace the bridge as quickly as possible in the most cost effective way. Any savings realized on this project can be put back into other roadway projects for the South Central District. We encourage all citizens in the area to attend the meeting and provide feedback."
Anyone with special needs who plans to attend may contact MoDOT to make requests. Call the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). Customers also may email the center at d9csc@modot.mo.gov. Transportation information is available online at www.modot.org/southcentral.

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Local News / Arrested was Raymond A. Rivard Jr. of Waynesville
« on: September 05, 2007, 04:05:35 AM »
News Release
Federal Warrant Arrest
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Sept. 4, 2007


At 11:47am on Sept. 4, 2007, Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department along with members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Detective unit served a federal arrest warrant at the business location known as Experienced Auto Sales located at the intersection of Mo. 17 and Ridgeview Road in Waynesville, Missouri. This arrest action was coordinated with officers from several Federal Agencies.

Arrested was Raymond A. Rivard Jr. of Waynesville, Missouri, on a federal warrant charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The arrest was made without incident or injury. Mr. Rivard was taken to Lebanon where he was turned over to Agents of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms unit better known as the ATF. During the actual arrest action additional observations and discoveries made by the Deputies led to an application for a search warrant. A Pulaski County Circuit Judge granted the search warrant request and a search of the location began shortly before 6:00pm on Sept. 4, 2007.

At this time the Deputies are still searching the business location. One additional weapon has been seized along with a number of drug related items. The search is expected to last for several more hours and a follow up release will be made as soon as possible.

Mr. Rivard is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service and is expected to appear in Federal Court tomorrow.

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Local News / County Officer Assaulted
« on: September 03, 2007, 02:46:21 PM »
News Release
Domestic Violence Case
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Sept. 3, 2007
On Sept.2, 2007, a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Deputy responded to 18445 Lassiter Lane for a reported domestic violence assault in progress. Due to the nature of the call two members of the St. Robert City Police backed him up on the call. Upon arrival the victim wife told the Deputy her husband had tried to kill her. Upon first contact with the husband, the husband immediately told the Deputy he was going to kill him. The suspect then commanded his dogs to attack the Deputy and he advanced on the Deputy. Several dogs went for the Deputy and at least one dog did bite the Deputy.
The Deputy drew his handgun and the dogs backed off. The Deputy and the suspect struggled inside the doorway and the suspect again commanded the dogs to attack. The Deputy was able to shove the suspect outside of the door where the St. Robert Officers helped pin him to the ground. While on the ground the suspect commanded his dogs to attack a third time and as they advanced the Deputy pointed a can of pepper spray at them and they retreated. The suspect was subdued and taken to the Pulaski County jail where he made additional statements that he would kill the officers and his wife.
A statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor. Charges were filed and a warrant issued for; Domestic Assault second, felony resist arrest, and felony assault on a law enforcement officer. The preliminary bond on the warrant was set at $200,000.00 and the suspect remains in the Pulaski County jail at this time. He will be arraigned in Pulaski County Court on 9-4-07. His name will not be released at this time.

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Local News / Waynesville Tiger Football
« on: September 02, 2007, 06:41:59 PM »
Waynesville wins season opener on Friday evening at Joplin. Lyle Cox threw one touchdown, and ran two in himself. Waynesville intercepted 4 passes, and returned 2 for touchdowns. Final score 40 to 19.

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Local News / Man hunt Devils Elbow
« on: September 01, 2007, 01:20:43 AM »
The police are looking for a white male who is on foot in the Devils Elbow area.

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Local News / Update Olgelsby Abuse Charge
« on: August 30, 2007, 08:07:19 PM »
Press Release
Up Date- Oglesby Case
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Aug. 30, 2007
The investigation in the case where James and Maxine Oglesby have been charged with abuse of a child has continued. On 8-30-07 we were notified that the child was now in stable condition at the hospital. No further information will be released on her condition.
As of this date the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has requested a total of three search warrants in this case and the court has granted all three of these requests. Search warrant number one was for DNA samples from James Oglesby. Search warrant number two was for a search of the residence for items that directly related to the abuse charge and other violations. A total of 26 items were seized during this search. A statement of probable cause has been sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor requesting additional charges that relate to this search.
A third search warrant was served for a firearm that had been observed in the residence and we have requested assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, better known as the ATF, with regard to this firearm.
At this time the investigation continues and NO additional information will be released.

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Local News / Letter to Commissioners JB King
« on: August 29, 2007, 01:32:29 PM »
Aug. 24, 2007Office of County Clerk.Dear Diana, Effective immediately the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will no longer store backpacks for people who are in the courthouse. There are a number of reasons for this decision. We do not have a place to store the backpacks. We do not have the manpower or time to inventory the packs and I do not wish to take on the liability for the contents of the pack should someone claim that contents came up missing.From the safety aspect any IED that might be smuggled into the building in a backpack would also damage the Sheriff’s Office if the backpack were stored in our office.As a solution to this problem I would suggest a small number of storage lockers located outside the building in a simple enclosure with key control for the citizen who wished to use the locker. This would also work for the cell phone problem.Sincerely,Sheriff J. B. King

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Local News / Child Abuse Case Oglesby
« on: August 28, 2007, 05:10:24 AM »
Press Release Child Abuse Case- Oglesby Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King Aug. 27, 2007 On 08-20-07 members of the Pulaski County Sheriffs Department in cooperation with the 25th Circuit Juvenile office and 25th Circuit Division of Children’s Services responded to a residence on Lament Lane after receiving a request to check the well being of an eight year old female. Upon arrival of the above personnel it was discovered that the child in question was in dire need of medical attention from apparent injuries. The Juvenile Office under the provisions of state statute took the child into protective custody and placed the child in the care of the Children’s Division. The child was transported to Lake Ozark Regional Medical center were she under went a thorough examination which revealed additional medical issues and prompted the attending physician to admit the child to the hospital. On 08-21-07 the child was transferred to Children’s Hospital in St Louis for additional intensive care and testing. This matter is currently under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and staff of the Children’s Division.

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Local News / Press release fugitive
« on: August 26, 2007, 04:01:51 PM »
Press Release

Fugitive Arrest

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Au. 26, 2007

The evening of Aug. 24, 2007, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a message from the Sheriff’s Office in Custer County Nebraska concerning a wanted fugitive from their jurisdiction who was thought to be in the Pulaski County Missouri area. The Custer County Sheriff provided a copy of the warrant and other information to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s department completed a background investigation and were able to locate a probable place of residence in the “Turkey Ridge” area of rural Pulaski County.

At 10:20pm on Aug. 24th, 2007, Deputies located Luke White at 23375 Highway W., Richland, Missouri. Mr. White was taken into custody without incident and is currently held in the Pulaski County Jail. The Nebraska warrant was for a charge of First Degree Sexual Assault. Bond on the Nebraska charge was set at $50,000.00 cash only.

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I was told that when the City of Waynesville signed the papers with Smitty's for the TIF they overlooked a part of it that stated if they were to change the name of the store, then the 10 year TIF starts all over again. If that's true Waynesville will never see tax revenue from that building. Who was responsible for that error? 

As usual this is something I heard and do not know it to be a fact.

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Local News / Press Release - Shooting Incident
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:57:04 AM »
Press Release

Shooting Incident

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug. 20, 2007

At 7:58pm on Aug. 19, 2007, the Pulaski County 911 Communication Center advised the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that they had received a report of a shooting incident at 25567 Rejoice Road, which is located of Missouri Route 7 in rural Pulaski County. The first report was that a female subject had shot her husband with a rifle.

At 8:04pm the first Pulaski County Deputy arrived on scene. He found that there had been a subject shot. The female suspect was taken into custody and the rifle seized. The Pulaski County Ambulance Service transported the victim to the St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon, Missouri. The victim was later sent by helicopter to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

Additional Detective Deputies were called out to deal with the shooting and the crime scene. Detectives responded to the scene of the shooting and to the hospital in Lebanon. The preliminary investigation indicates that the husband was standing in the yard near the road when the wife emerged from the residence with the rifle. One shot was fired and the husband was struck in the abdomen.

At this time the husband is still in the hospital at Springfield. The wife is being held at the Pulaski County jail on a 24-hour hold pending the filing of charges. A statement of probable cause has been sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor citing three violations of Missouri law. They are, domestic assault second, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action. The investigation in this case continues.

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Local News / Press Release, asphalt company problems.
« on: August 17, 2007, 06:02:35 PM »
Press Release

Consumer Alert

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug.17, 2007

During the past 48 hours the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has received a number of complaints from citizens here in Pulaski County about a group of individuals who are doing asphalt-paving jobs in the County. These individuals are not from Pulaski County or any of our surrounding counties.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s department has investigated a number of these complaints and at this time we see a pattern of operation common to all of the complaints. First the individuals approach a homeowner and inquire about any plans the homeowner may have for future driveway paving. Then they mention that they just finished another job nearby and they just happen to have a lot of asphalt left over and they can cut the homeowner a real deal on paving his driveway. Second they get the homeowner to sign some type of work order or contract and they usually ask for money up front before they start the job.

Then as the job progresses they encounter “problems” or they need much more asphalt etc. and the price for completion of the job goes up. So far on most of the complaints the price has at least doubled. One homeowner contracted for a $6,000.00 job that finished out at $13,000.00.

At this time the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department does not see any specific law violations that are involved in these job operations. Because the homeowner has entered into some type of agreement or contract with these people any issue that develops would be civil in nature and would not be covered under criminal law.

However we would like to see our citizens protected from threats of lawsuits for nonpayment or other legal issues and we offer the following advice. If you are approached about a driveway paving operation we strongly suggest that you get a second estimate from a local area paving company. Second we would like to remind everyone one of the old saying that if the deal seems to good to be true, then there is probably something wrong.

If any individuals should happen to approach you about a possible paving contract and they begin to use high-pressure tactics or otherwise cause you alarm, please call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and we will send a Deputy out to check on the situation.

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Local News / Assault on Cave Road
« on: August 15, 2007, 01:56:54 PM »
Press Release

Assault on Cave Road

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug. 15, 2007

At approximately 0200H on 8-15-07 the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a prowler call at 16308 Cave Road in Dixon, Missouri, The information was that an unknown subject was tampering with vehicles in the front yard of the residence. The lone Deputy on duty was sent to the scene and a search of the area did not locate any suspects.

While still at the Cave Road location the Deputy was given another call that a suspect in a previous domestic incident from earlier in the night was attempting to break into a residence on Rt. Y. The Deputy left the Cave Road address and responded to Rt. Y. The suspect from the Rt. Y incident was gone when the Deputy arrived. The Deputy was still on scene talking to the victim of the Rt. Y incident at 0305H when the Sheriff’s Department received a second call from the occupant at the 16308 Cave Road address. The homeowner told the dispatcher that an unknown assailant had stabbed him on his front porch. The Deputy returned to Cave Road and found the homeowner had suffered a large knife wound to his left arm. Additional off duty Deputies and a Detective were called out to assist the first Deputy.

A search of the area did not reveal any suspects. The homeowner told deputies that he had opened the front door to let his dog out and had stepped onto the porch. When he did so a male subject dressed in black had lunged at him with a knife. The homeowner raised his left arm in a defense move and was severely cut on the arm. At the same time he pushed the assailant backwards and ran back into his home and locked the door.

At this time there are few leads in the case and the investigation will continue.

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Local News / Danny Wooden, Woodin's Body Shop crashes Harley.
« on: August 15, 2007, 02:57:49 AM »
http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/HP68/AccidentDetailsAction?ACC_RPT_NUM=A027419I

I am told he has serious injuries, several broken bones, and is in intensive care at Cox.

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Local News / From the daily guide website. Camden County Sales tax.
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:04:37 PM »
Camden voters pass tax for sheriff, county roads

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2007 5:00 PM
 
 
Joyce L. Miller

Camden Lake Sun

CAMDENTON — Putting party politics aside may have been the catalyst for determining the fate of the one-half-cent sales tax increase that passed by a majority vote Tuesday night.

 
The sales tax issue passed by a 53 percent majority with 2,398 votes in favor and 2,123 votes opposed. Opposition to the sales tax accounted for 46.96 percent of the 4,521 ballots cast.

Voter turnout was higher than predicted with slightly more than 16 percent of the 28,000 registered voters in the county casting a ballot. Voter turnout was expected to run about 10 percent.

A last-minute push by the Citizens for Camden County and the central committees may have helped increase voter participation.

 
 
County officials credit the unprecedented bi-partisan endorsement of the Republican and Democratic central committees as playing a crucial role in garnering widespread support for the issue.

“They put party politics aside and focused on what was in the best interests of Camden County,” said Presiding Commissioner Carolyn Loraine. “We didn’t do this. They did. The citizens’ committee really got out behind the issue and worked very hard.”

Camden County Sheriff John Page agreed. He also feels the ballot language this time around was easier to understand. That worked against the sales tax issue the first time it came before voters in April of this year when it was overwhelmingly defeated, he said.

 
 
“We appreciate the support of the voters and they can be assured that the sheriff’s department will put this to good use improving law enforcement services in Camden County,” he said. “We can’t say enough about the work and effort of the citizens’ committee and the support we received from the central committees of the Republican and Democratic parties.”

The majority of the funds from the sales tax will go to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department for pay raises, 12 new slots for deputies and two civilian positions.

“We will have a pay plan ready to go by September to be included in the budget process that will be based on longevity and merit,” Page said.

 
 
The Camden County Road and Bridge Department will also receive a substantial share of the sales tax money.

The remaining funds are earmarked for a competitive pay plan for county employees.

The sales tax issue ran strong among voters in Sunrise Beach and Horseshoe Bend areas. Mixed results came out of Osage Beach and Camdenton.

 
 
Voters in the more rural outlying areas were generally opposed to the sales tax increase.

The tax will generate an estimated $4 million a year. Half of that will replace the one-quarter cent of the Law Enforcement Sales Tax set to roll back in October.

The county currently collects about $4 million a year in the general revenue sales tax fund and another $4 million for the LEST fund.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 



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mel wrote on Aug 10, 2007 8:48 AM:

" Agree, voter's let the County Commissioner's know that you want the LE tax on the ballet. Then we will see just how important the police are to the voter's of this County. "



Not only that wrote on Aug 9, 2007 8:01 PM:

" Not only law enforcement but Road and Bridge and ALL county employees benefitted. Wow....it is nice to see at least 1 county has commissioners that have foresight. I am with the other person....let's let the commissioners know! "



Earth to Pulaski Commissioners wrote on Aug 9, 2007 5:56 PM:

" EARTH TO PULASKI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS!! I WILL YELL SO YOU CAN HEAR! LOOK....A SALES TAX TO HELP EVERYONE! IT ADDS 12 DEPUTIES. WHAT WOULD OUR COUNTY DO WITH 12 MORE COPS? MAYBE HELP THE EXPLODING DRUG PROBLEMS......OR THE GANGS THAT ARE COMING IN?? YES FOLKS THERE IS GANG ACTIVITY IN THE COUNTY. LOOK AROUND AND YOU WILL SEE THEIR TAGS. DO I NEED TO SAY MORE??? COME ON FELLOW PULASKI COUNTY CITIZENS....HELP PUT THE PRESSURE ON OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO DO THE RIGHT THING BEFORE THIS PLACE IS AS DANGEROUS AS ST LOUIS BECAUSE WE ARE WELL ON THE WAY BELIEVE IT OR NOT!! "

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Local News / Can anyone name these old time locals.
« on: August 10, 2007, 03:45:56 PM »
The one on the right in both pictures is Waynesville's Marshall Sandifer.

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Local News / Lake Ozark looks at possible TIF amendment
« on: August 10, 2007, 01:31:13 PM »
Lake Ozark looks at possible TIF amendment
City administrator Charles Clark welcomes the adjustment amended
By Joyce L. Miller /Lake Sun
 
 
MILLER COUNTY ' An amendment to the agreement between the developers of the Horseshoe Bend Development Group/Stanton Project and the Lake Ozark Tax Increment Financing District is a good move for the city, according to officials.

Lake Ozark City Administrator Charles Clark said the response to the project has prompted the developers and CORMAC, the retail developers handling the project, to add commercial space to the plan. That has caused a reduction in the available space for residential development.

Consequently, the plan needs to be amended to make the residential component more dense to maintain the anticipated revenue.

 
'The impact of that mandates an amendment,' Clark said. 'It has an enormous positive impact for the city.'

It will not only increase the the revenue flow but will allow the city to begin receiving revenue sooner, he said.

According to Clark, the total project expenditures will rise to $875 million, up from $580 million, an increase of some $300 million. Reimbursable project expenses will increase from approximately $102 million to $170 million.

 
 
However, the increased revenue means that the anticipated revenue for the city will jump from $77 million over the life of the TIF to about $150 million over the same period.

Tax increment financing is a way for cities to help finance new capital projects by taking advantage of anticipated property tax returns. A city may designate a plot of land for redevelopment as a TIF district. TIF districts allow a portion of the future taxes generated by a development to pay for the project's costs instead of going to schools, cities and other taxing entities.

The development has the potential to increase the city's valuation from $50 million to $500 million,

 
 
The Stanton Trust's TIF district is the the second arm of a funding project that will connect the Horseshoe Bend Parkway directly to the Highway 54 Expressway through the center of Lake Ozark. A transportation development district, which will fund the parkway extension and its sidestreets, is also in place.

Horseshoe Bend Development Group's redevelopment plan for the Stanton Trust's 450 undeveloped acres projects the city would see an additional 2,780 permanent jobs and a population growth of 3,689, as well as over $78.7 million in additional revenue from within the district over the life of the TIF.

The development will include medium- and high-density housing, as well as over one million-square feet of leasable commercial space. It is subdivided into eight development projects - six commercial and two residential - that will span more than six years of construction at an estimated total cost of more than $580 million.

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National News / Army to expand recruiting incentives
« on: August 10, 2007, 04:29:09 AM »
Army to expand recruiting incentives By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer

 
WASHINGTON - Need a down-payment for your home? Seed money to start a business? The Army wants to help — if you're willing to join up. Despite spending nearly $1 billion last year on recruiting bonuses and ads, Army leaders say an even bolder approach is needed to fill wartime ranks.
 
Under a new proposal, men and women who enlist could pick from a "buffet" of incentives, including up to $45,000 tax-free that they accrue during their career to help buy a home or build a business. Other options would include money for college and to pay off student loans.

An Associated Press review of the increasingly aggressive recruiting offerings found the Army is not only dangling more sign-up rewards — it's loosening rules on age and weight limits, education and drug and criminal records.

It's all part of an Army effort to fill its ranks even as the percentage of young people who say they plan to join the military has hit a historic low — 16 percent by the Pentagon's own surveying — in the fifth year of the Iraq war.

In June, the Army failed to meet its recruitment target for the second month in a row, although it apparently met its goal to recruit 9,750 troops in July and is on target for 80,000 for the year that ends Sept. 30.

As part of a push to make its 2007 goals, the Army is boosting the size of its 8,000-member recruiting force with 1,000 to 2,000 assistants — including some former recruiters.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to increase the size of the active-duty Army by 65,000 to a total of 547,000 within five years. In part, that's to ease the wartime strain on the Army, which is the largest branch of the military.

"Recruiting next year and beyond will remain challenging and will ... require additional innovative approaches," said Lt. Col. Michael Rochelle, the Pentagon's deputy chief of staff for personnel. He asked lawmakers last week on Capitol Hill for money to pay for the new program.

Rochelle described the latest offering as an updated version of the Army's college fund, a popular program started in 1982 to help soldiers pay for college.

The Army would like to start a pilot program targeting 500 people who might not otherwise considering joining. In the pilot, the takers who complete a 4-year enlistment would be eligible for up to $30,000 in incentives — including money for a home loan or business. Eventually, the Army wants to offer up to $45,000.

Beyond the Iraq war, the military says other factors have affected its ability to recruit. More high school graduates are going to college, and the economy is strong, providing lots of civilian jobs. At the same time, only three of 10 people between 17 and 24 fully meet the military's standards.

Less obvious factors have also decreased the recruitment pool. They include higher obesity rates, more people diagnosed with mental health conditions such as attention-deficit disorder, more criminal citations due to the increase of the drinking age from 18 to 21.

"The numbers of people who meet our enlistment standards is astonishingly low," said Michael Dominguez, principal deputy undersecretary of defense.

Among the changes that have helped attract more recruits:

• Increasing to $20,000 the bonus for troops who join by Sept. 30 and leave for boot camp within a month.

• Raising the enlistment age to 42.

• Allowing recruits to come in with non-offensive tattoos on their hands and neck.

• Offering a $2,000 bonus to Army soldiers who refer a new recruit.

• Enlisting recruits who don't meet weight standards and must trim down their first year.

• Advertising that targets potential recruits' parents.

• Increasing the number of recruits with general education diplomas rather than regular high school diplomas.

• Creating a more pleasant boot camp environment.

• Sending "gung-ho" soldiers fresh from boot camp or war zones back to their hometowns to visit old friends and schoolmates to promote the Army.

• Increasing to more than 15 percent the number of Army and Army Reserve troops given waivers for medical and moral reasons or for positive drug and alcohol screen tests.

Tyka Pettey, 21, of Philadelphia, said she was fully aware of the risks when she signed up in late July for a six-year stint in the Army Reserve. Doing so will help her pay to go to college in a medical field. With her $20,000 bonus, she plans to buy a car and pay off debt.

She said she had been thinking about joining for more than a year. Once she made the decision, she said she was impressed with how much the recruiters in Upper Darby, Pa., were able to help her.

"You really have to want to do something like that. You're really taking a major step from your civilian life ... but I just decided to go for it," said Pettey, who leaves in about a week for boot camp.

The Army spent $353 million last year on enlistment bonuses, $583 million on recruiting and advertising and $700 million on pay and benefits for recruiters, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said her organization is concerned that low-income young people and minorities are targeted by recruiters and lured with promises into making decisions they would not otherwise have made.

"I think as the incentives increase, the potential for misrepresentation and abuse increases," Lieberman said.

Irene Fiala, a sociology professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania who has researched recruiting trends, said the military is attempting to change with society because the days are over when it was an American virtue to join and it was expected that all young men would do so.

"Uncle Sam pointing his finger at you saying, 'We want you,' isn't cutting it for today's kids," Fiala said. "Today's kids are saying, 'Yeah, you want me and so does GE and so does MIT, so what else are you going to offer me?'"

It's not just the attitudes of young people that have seemingly shifted. In 2005, statistical surveys revealed that because of the Iraq war, adults who work with students were less likely to suggest joining the military.

"The willingness of coaches, teachers, counselors and parents to commend military service to America's youth is lower than is good for our nation and our military," said Dominguez, the Defense Department official.

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Local News / Recovered Stolen Vehicle
« on: August 08, 2007, 10:17:47 PM »
Press Release

Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug. 8, 2007

The evening of Aug. 7, 2007, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a strange and unknown vehicle in the neighborhood that was parked in the driveway of a vacant home at 11750 California Road, Dixon, Missouri.

The Deputy who arrived on the scene determined the vehicle was a 1989 Toyota and it had been parked in the driveway for several days. A check of the vehicle identification number revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Potosi, Missouri. A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Detective was called out and the vehicle was processed for fingerprints and other evidence. The vehicle was then towed to a secure location.

The preliminary information received from people in the area of the recovery was that the car had been seen driving in the Dixon area for several weeks and this investigation will continue

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National News / My grand nephew has cancer.
« on: August 08, 2007, 08:00:46 PM »
Someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer every five minutes. Every ten minutes, someone loses their fight. Blood cancers are the second most fatal form of cancer, second only to lung cancer. Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer death for children under the age of 20. Please consider making a secure online donation at the site below. The dollars raised by the "Friends of Heroes" Team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual "Light the Night" walk go directly to pediatric blood cancer research. Huge strides have been made in recent years with medications that are helping cure these life-threatening illnesses. Please help us eradicate blood cancers by making a tax deductible donation. Every dollar helps!
 
(Didn't know if you wanted it more personal or not)
 
My grandnephew, Gavin, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in September of 2004. He is still undergoing chemotherapy. His prognosis is good, but many have been lost along the way. We have committed to raise $20,000 to help fund the life saving research these kids are waiting for. Please consider helping us in this quest.
 
http://www.active.com/donate/ltnPhoeni/2246_ReneeRubio

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Van Halen, Roth to announce tour next week By Ray Waddell
 


NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Van Halen will announce a 50-date American reunion tour with original singer David Lee Roth during a news conference in Hollywood next week, sources said.
 
 
 
The arena trek will begin in early October.

Roth, who split from the rock group in the mid-1980s in hopes of solo stardom, will reunite with co-founders Eddie Van Halen on guitar and brother Alex Van Halen on drums. Eddie's teenage son Wolfgang will sub for Michael Anthony on bass.

A proposed summer amphitheater tour by the group never got off the ground, with Eddie Van Halen entering a rehabilitation facility for undisclosed reasons in March.

In the months since, the guitarist has been seen publicly looking healthy and fit.

Van Halen last toured in 2004, with Roth's replacement, vocalist Sammy Hagar, grossing nearly $40 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR NEXT SATURDAY
 
 As you may already know, it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any
woman other than his wife naked, and that he must commit suicide if he
does. So next Saturday at 4 PM. Eastern Time all American women are
asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any
neighborhood terrorists.
 
Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this anti-terrorist effort.
All men are to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their house to
prove they are not Muslims, and to demonstrate they think its okay
to see nude women other than their wife and to show support for all
American women
 
Since Islam also does not approve of alcohol, a cold 6-pack at your
side is further proof of your anti-Muslim sentiment.
 
The American government appreciates your efforts to root out
terrorists and applauds your participation in this anti-terrorist activity.

God bless America .
 
It is your patriotic duty to pass this on.
 
                         

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Local News / Press Release Crocker Death Investigation
« on: August 05, 2007, 02:04:42 PM »
Press Release

Death Investigation

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug. 4, 2007

At 8:08pm on Aug. 4, 2007, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a request for a check on the well being of the occupant at 17347 Bobwhite Road, Crocker, Missouri. Upon arrival at the residence the responding Deputies noted a distinct odor of decay coming from inside the house and they requested an immediate response from the Detective Unit of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

One of the responding reserve Detective officers resides a short distance from the call address and when the call came in he was able to arrive on scene very quickly. The Detective and the two road Deputies who had gone to the scene for the well being check determined that the house was completely secured from the inside and they had to make a forced entry into the dwelling. The Deputies found the bodies of one white male and one while female in the residence.

Additional Detectives and Command staff members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and a thorough crime scene investigation was completed. The bodies were removed from the residence and transported to Springfield, Missouri, for an autopsy.

At this time the investigation continues. Several family members of the deceased have not been notified and no names will be released at this time. Once the results of the autopsy are known a follow up release will be issued.

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National News / Arkansas couple welcome their 17th child
« on: August 05, 2007, 02:48:40 AM »
Arkansas couple welcome their 17th child
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggars are proud parents of 17 children.

Youngest, Jennifer Danielle, was born Thursday

All told, mother Michelle Duggar has been pregnant for 10.5 years

She says family would love to have more children



    
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- It's a girl -- again -- for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggars, the proud parents of 17 children.

 
Michelle Duggar is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, third from right.

 1 of 3  And after Jennifer Danielle was born Thursday morning, her parents already were talking about having more children.

"We'd love to have more," Michelle Duggar said, adding that the girls are outnumbered seven to 10 in the family. "We love the ruffles and lace."

The family's home in the northwest Arkansas town of Tontitown includes dormitory-style bedrooms for the boys and girls, nine bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, four washing machines and four dryers.

The children are home-schooled by Michelle Duggar, 40. The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old. The family includes two sets of twins.

"We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him," said Jim Bob Duggar, 42, a former state representative who sells real estate. "We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well."

All of Jennifer's siblings also have names that start with J. They are: Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.

The Duggars have been featured on several programs on cable's Discovery Health Network.

Among the "fun facts" listed on Discovery Health's Web page devoted to the Duggars: A baby has been born in every month except June; the family has gone through about 90,000 diapers, and Michelle Duggar has been pregnant for 126 months -- or 10.5 years -- of her life.


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Local News / SOTO Club Murders
« on: August 04, 2007, 07:34:19 PM »
Each time Gary Carmack has written an article on the subject of the SOTO Murders it has generated much interest, so I made a page for it that will stay up permanently. The goal is to help the families build a memorial, and hopefully get a break in the case that may bring the killers to justice for these crimes.

http://www.pulaskicountyweb.com/soto/

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Local News / JB King's letter to the County Commissioners.
« on: August 03, 2007, 02:23:40 PM »
Aug.2, 2007

Honorable Members of the Pulaski County Commission

Gentlemen,

During the ice storm of January 2007 we gained a good deal of knowledge about emergency operations over an extended period of time. One of the lessons we learned is that the existing generator that supplies the Pulaski County Courthouse is completely inadequate to handle that job. It cannot supply sufficient power to fully operate the Sheriff’s Department much less the rest of the Courthouse.

There are many reasons why this deficiency needs to be corrected. The three major reasons are as follows,

The daily operation of the Pulaski County government comes to a stop without power. It does not matter if it is a simple power outage of a few hours or a major ice storm, tornado, etc. that knocks out power for days. Even a simple outage can affect us badly. In 2006 we had a murder trial by jury in progress when the power went out for hours. The law enforcement operations of the Sheriff’s Department are severely hampered without sufficient power.
The safety and comfort of the inmates ordered to our care by judicial authority suffers. This is an area where we are mandated by law to provide for the inmates, our failure to do so can have consequences.
The lack of power limits the use of the Courthouse as an emergency shelter by the Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management.
I am sure we could find other concerns to point out but the simple fact is that we need to act to alleviate this problem. Therefore I am requesting that the Pulaski County Commission solicit bids for a brand new state of the art, automatic start generator capable of powering the entire daily courthouse electric load. I would also suggest a continuous fuel supply be part of the bid requirements.

The purchase of a new generator should qualify as an improvement to the courthouse and thus could be funded from the Courthouse sales fund.

Sincerely,

Sheriff J. B. King

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National News / 7 killed in Minneapolis bridge collapse
« on: August 02, 2007, 04:35:19 AM »
7 killed in Minneapolis bridge collapse By PATRICK CONDON and GREGG AAMOT, Associated Press Writers
 
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=952695&cl=3549782&src=news

MINNEAPOLIS - An interstate bridge jammed with rush-hour traffic suddenly broke into huge sections and collapsed into the Mississippi River Wednesday, pitching dozens of cars 60 feet into the water and killing at least seven people.

 
The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, was in the midst of being repaired and had several lanes closed when it crumbled.

"There were two lanes of traffic, bumper to bumper, at the point of the collapse. Those cars did go into the river," Minneapolis Police Lt. Amelia Huffman. "At this point there is nothing to suggest that this was anything other than a structural collapse."

Jamie Winegar of Houston was sitting in traffic shortly after 6 p.m. when all of a sudden she started hearing "boom, boom, boom and we were just dropping, dropping, dropping, dropping."

The car she was riding in landed on top of a smaller car but did not fall into the water. She said her nephew yelled, "'It's an earthquake!' and then we realized the bridge was collapsing."

At least seven people were killed and 60 were taken to area hospitals, authorities said. Dr. Joseph Clinton, emergency medical chief at Hennepin County Medical Center, said his hospital treated 28 injured people — including six who were in critical condition.

Clinton said at least one of the victims had drowned.

The Homeland Security Department also said the collapse did not appear to be terrorism-related. The National Transportation Safety Board planned to send a team of investigators to Minneapolis, NTSB spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz said.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the bridge was inspected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2005 and 2006 and that no structural problems were noted. "There were some minor things that needed attention," he said.

Police Chief Tim Dolan said officers were checking other bridges as a precaution.

The steel-arched bridge, which was built in 1967, rises about 64 feet above the river. An estimated 50 vehicles plunged into the water and onto the land below.

A burning truck and a school bus clung to one slanted slab. The bus had just crossed the bridge before it crumpled into pieces.

Christine Swift's 10-year-old daughter, Kaleigh, was on the bus returning from a field trip and called her mother. "She was screaming, 'The bridge collapsed!'" Swift said.

She said a police officer told her all the kids got off the bus safely.

It appeared that the center section of the bridge dropped straight down and pancaked in the middle of the river, leaving several vehicles stranded on a broken island of wreckage. As divers plumbed the waters, other rescuers searched frantically for victims amid broken, zigzagged sections of blacktop. Some of the injured were carried up the riverbanks.

Dozens of vehicles were scattered and stacked on top of each other amid the rubble. Some people were stranded on parts of the bridge that weren't completely in the water.

Many motorists could have been headed to the Minnesota Twins game not far from the bridge. Team officials decided to play the game after conferring with department of public safety officials. It was decided that sending 20,000-25,000 people back into traffic could hinder rescue efforts, said team president Dave St. Peter.

The bridge was built with a single 458-foot-long steel arch to avoid putting any piers in the water that might interfere with river navigation.

Catherine Yankelevich survived a 1994 earthquake in Northridge, Calif., and was on the I-35W bridge when it began to shake. "Cars started flying and I was falling and saw the water," she said. After her car plunged into the river, she climbed out the driver's side window and swam to shore uninjured.

Workers have been repairing the 40-year-old bridge's surface as part of improvements along that stretch of the interstate, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on its Web site.

"Obviously, this is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota," said Gov. Tim Pawlenty. "And right now we are focused on making sure that we are doing everything to respond to the needs of those individuals that may have been harmed in this incident."


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