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A Toronto hospital is treating several cases of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis, with one of the patients being held in isolation under court order, the doctor overseeing the treatment said Mon 22 Jan 2007.
Public health experts fear the dangerous strain of tuberculosis, which is susceptible to very few of the anti-tuberculosis medications normally used to treat TB, is a global health crisis in the making. Dr. Monica Avendano, the physician in charge of the tuberculosis service at West Park Healthcare Centre, said since 2004, her unit has treated 5 or 6 patients with XDR TB, as it is called. All the patients were either infected abroad or infected by a family member who picked up the highly resistant strain elsewhere, she said.
"Currently, I am treating 3," said Avendano. "All of them have a previous history of tuberculosis that was not well managed."
Multi-drug resistant TB and the more difficult extensively drug resistant TB can arise one of 2 ways. A person with tuberculosis can fail to take all their medication, as in the case of the "not-well managed" patients to which Avendano referred. This spotty treatment allows the bacterium to survive the assault of the drugs and develop resistance to them. Or a person can be infected by contact with a person sick with XDR TB. Two of the cases Avendano has treated fall into this latter category.
"Both of the cases are young women who went to their country of origin to look after their ailing grandmothers. And the ailing grandmothers gave them TB. And it was XDR TB," she said.
She did not identify the countries involved. XDR TB has been found in a number of places, including China, South Africa, and many republics of the former Soviet Union. It is believed to have spread, still at low levels, from these jurisdictions to developed countries.
The Public Health Agency of Canada currently doesn't know the scope of the problem in this country. The last time Canadian TB statistics were gathered, the provinces and territories were not asked to report XDR TB cases. The TB statistics for 2006 -- which will be reported sometime in 2007 -- will include XDR TB figures, agency spokesperson Alain Desroches said in an e-mail.
Where such cases arise, they are treated in isolation, either with the consent of the patient or with the help of the courts. "All provinces and territories will use their public health legislation if necessary to ensure treatment of XDR TB," said Dr. Edward Ellis, manager of tuberculosis prevention and control with the public health agency. "With TB, in my experience, there's never a problem getting a court order if necessary. And nobody stands there saying: 'Oh, no, let them go.'"
Avendano said treatment with alternative drug regimes is effective, but it can take months of in-hospital care. Even then, it's not clear whether these patients -- who will be required to be seen on an ongoing basis -- are cured for life. That's because the strain hasn't been around long enough, and the treatment regime being used is too new to gauge its long-term efficacy.

Local News / Arrest in Death case - Routh
« on: May 03, 2007, 09:58:06 PM »
Press release

Arrest in Death case

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

May 3, 2007

As a result of an investigation into the death of John L. Routh, age 32, of Crocker, Missouri on April 28, 2007 by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, a statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

The statement of probable cause outlined an incident where felony possession and use of a controlled substance occurred. As a direct result of the felony violation of the controlled substance laws the death of Mr. Routh occurred. Whenever a death occurs during the commission of another felony that death may result in a charge of Murder in the second degree.

As a result of the investigation into John L. Routh’s death a charge of murder in the second degree was filed by the Pulaski County Prosecutor on May 3, 2007, against another Crocker, Missouri resident. It is the policy of the Pulaski County Sheriff not to disclose the names of the accused until such time as they have been arraigned in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The name will be released at a later date.

Night Club, Bars, Night Life. / Chicken Bones - Abyss
« on: May 02, 2007, 05:15:32 AM »
Lame... Don't go here unless you are desperate. It looked like a place people go that don't fit in anywhere else. Very boring, no one dancing, kinda of a nerdy crowd (Well if you call it a crowd, not what I call a crowd). The Rockin R, Ramada gets big crowds and the Twilte Zone does too.

Local News / Press Release
« on: May 01, 2007, 11:41:08 PM »
Press Release
Assault Investigation
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
May 1, 2007

On April 30, 2007, at 8:52pm, a Deputy from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to 25830 Reggie Drive in the Rt. W area of Turkey Ridge in rural Pulaski County for a reported assault. A backup officer from the Waynesville City Police Department also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival the Deputy was able to determine that an assault, directly related to domestic issues, had occurred. There were two victims in this incident. A white male, age 24, had been injured by a vehicle impact. The male victim was on foot attempting to run away from the suspect when he was struck by the car. A six-year-old white female at the scene was struck by a baseball bat and suffered an injury to her hand. The male victim was taken to the St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon, Missouri for treatment.

The white male suspect, age 60, of rural Pulaski County was arrested by the Deputy at the scene and is being held in the Pulaski County jail.  A statement of probable cause has been sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor requesting four criminal charges be filed as a result of this incident. Those charges include two counts of Assault second degree, one count of armed criminal action, and one count of endangering the Welfare of a Child first degree.

Pulaski Enquirer / What happens when?
« on: April 25, 2007, 05:29:55 AM »
What happens when you all have talked about everything there is to talk about?

I heard the Mayor of St. Robert asked the media not to attend the utility meeting that is being held tomorrow.
Doesn't that sound very strange to you? They are there to discuss rates, so I am told.

Any one else heard this?

Music, Bands, Concerts? / You know the dumb song "My Humps?"
« on: April 05, 2007, 01:23:14 AM »
Here's Alanis Morrisette making fun of "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas.

Local News / Election Results
« on: April 04, 2007, 02:15:52 AM »
 Candidate Vote Count Vote Percent  X = Winner
CROCKER MAYOR -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 MORGAN 139 63% (X)
 TOWE 81 37% 
CROCKER SCHOOL BOARD -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 YORK 266 24% (X)
 MAYHEW 239 22%  (X)
 NEWCOMB 234 21% 
 SMITH 186 17% 
 KUBINSKI 186 17% 
CROCKER FIRE PROTECTION TAX LEVY -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 NO 225 51% (X)
 YES 212 49% 
DIXON SCHOOL BOARD -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 MILLER 223 30% (X)
 VRBA 201 27%  (X)
 SHELTON 190 26% 
 LEWIS 122 17% 
LAQUEY SCHOOL BOARD -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 CLICK 159 28% (X)
 TODD 139 24%  (X)
 CRISMON 92 16% 
 WOODY 75 13% 
 WILSON 55 10% 
 ELDRIDGE 57 10% 
RICHLAND MAYOR -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 WALL 166 48% (X)
 MOORE 94 27% 
 HENSON 86 25% 
RICHLAND MUNICIPAL JUDGE -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 BLANCHARD 185 55% (X)
 MEEDS 134 40% 
 BALMER 20 6% 
RICHLAND LAW ENFORCEMENT SALES TAX -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 YES 203 59% (X)
 NO 140 41% 
ST. ROBERT ALDERMAN WARD 4 -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 SHAW 28 76% (X)
 URENA 9 24% 
WAYNESVILLE COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3 -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 HARDMAN 79 84% (X)
 BRUNAIS 15 16% 
WAYNESVILLE COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 4 -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 FRANCE 55 51% (X)
 CAMPBELL 52 49% 
WAYNESVILLE SCHOOL BOARD -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 DYE 400 36% (X)
 LAUGHLIN 385 35% (X)
 ANDERSON 201 18% 
 SAAB 127 11%
PLATO SCHOOL BOARD -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 NIEBRUEGGE 182 39% (X)
 BAKER 178 38% (X)
 SCURLOCK 111 24%

Local News / Press Release - Child Drowns in Laquey.
« on: April 02, 2007, 04:12:03 PM »
Press release
Drowning death 3 year old child
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
April 2, 2007

In the early evening hours of 31 March, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Hazelgreen Fire Department and the Pulaski County Ambulance District with a call of an unconscious unresponsive juvenile found in a residential swimming pool at 27095 Stephanie Drive, Laquey, Missouri. The call was received at approximately 5:45 pm, with units from all three agencies responding to the location.  The child, age three was transported by ambulance to the Fort Leonard Wood Army Hospital with life saving measures in progress.  Reports from investigative personnel on scene related that life saving measures continued at the hospital by numerous staff members for an additional 30 minutes after arrival.  The attending physician at the Fort Leonard Wood Hospital pronounced the child dead at 6:57 pm.

The mother of the child was present at the hospital during all attempts to revive the child and his fifteen year old brother was brought to the hospital by members of the Hazelgreen Fire Department at the request of the mother.  Contact was made with the child’s father who was escorted to the hospital by officers of the Waynesville Police Department.
This incident is still under investigation by the Sheriffs Department and all preliminary information indicates that this was a tragic accident.

Funeral arrangements for the child are still pending with arrangements being handled by Waynesville Memorial Chapel in Waynesville, Missouri

Pulaski Enquirer / Easter is coming
« on: April 02, 2007, 05:05:55 AM »
Happy Easter...

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911 hold times concern emergency call takers
by Cara Restelli, KY3 News
SPRINGFIELD -- Longer hold times for emergency calls -- it's a scary scenario that dispatchers at the Springfield/Greene County 911 Center say they face every day. They hope letting the public know about the problem will convince voters that the proposed 911 tax is desperately needed.
More and more often, says J.R. Webb, assistant director of the 911 Center, emergency call takers find it necessary to put callers on hold.

"We've got 10 lines and four to five call takers to answer those lines. It's not unusual for all to be lit up at once," said Webb.

During two recent hours that a KY3 reporter spent at the 911 center, dispatchers had to put four callers on hold. It happens so often that they've even had to work out a triage system where they get basic information and find out if the caller can wait before they put them on hold. Webb says that system only works after the dispatcher actually picks up the call, which has also become a challenge.

Dispatchers have a goal to answer 90 percent of calls within 10 seconds during peak hours. So far this year, their average, including both peak and off peak hours, is 89 percent.

"As the volume of calls go up, with the number of people we have, we can't reach those goals," said Webb.

In a business where every second counts, Webb worries someone may have to wait too long one day.

"It'll only get worse if we don't get more staff," he said.

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to raise the Greene County sales tax by one-eighth percent to, in part, pay for more operators at the 911 center. The tax would replace the 10-percent surcharge on landlines that currently funds the service.

Military Opinion / Ban on tattoos for Marines
« on: March 30, 2007, 02:48:52 AM »
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Marine Corps Commandant James Conway has slapped a ban on new tattoos that are visible when a marine is dressed in shorts and a T-shirt.

Effective April 1, "Marines are prohibited from: tattoos or brands on the head and neck. Sleeve tattoos are likewise prohibited," the new regulations stated.

The regulations explain that a sleeve tattoo "is a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos, that covers or almost coves a persons entire army or leg."

It said half-sleeve tattoos, or quarter sleeve tattoos also are prohibited if they are visible when a marine is wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

"Tattoos or brands that are prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale, or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the Marine Corps are also prohibited," it said.

That includes "any tattoo that is sexist, racist, vulgar, anti-America, anti-social, gang related, or extremist group or organization related."

Marines already covered in tattoos can keep them.

But they have to document them with a signed and dated photograph for their records and measurements of each tattoo.

In a message, Conway said he was concerned about the growing use of tattoos.

"I understand many tattoos are in good taste, and many represent pride for our Corps or remembrance of fallen comrades. However, I believe tattoos of an excessive nature do not represent our traditional values."


National News / Anna Nicole Smith Results.
« on: March 26, 2007, 02:37:26 PM »
Accidental overdose of prescribed medication. Methadone, growth hormone, etc..

Lighter News / Tired of sitting home being a good boy?
« on: March 24, 2007, 03:09:28 PM »
I think I will tie one on tonight. Too much being a good boy. Who's with me?

On average I drink once a month, that day has come....... LOL

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Law Enforcement Tax Poll
« on: March 24, 2007, 07:12:17 AM »
 ><><: It is a POLL

Local News / Another Dispatcher quits.
« on: March 23, 2007, 02:03:54 AM »
I hear our friend Yanketrader has resigned, because he can make more money on e-bay than he can make dispatching.

National News / Off duty Chicago cop beats barteneder. Video
« on: March 22, 2007, 03:38:57 PM »

National News / Houses cheaper than cars in Detroit
« on: March 20, 2007, 01:09:32 PM »
Houses cheaper than cars in Detroit By Kevin Krolicki

DETROIT (Reuters) - With bidding stalled on some of the least desirable residences in Detroit's collapsing housing market, even the fast-talking auctioneer was feeling the stress.

"Folks, the ground underneath the house goes with it. You do know that, right?" he offered.

After selling house after house in the Motor City for less than the $29,000 it costs to buy the average new car, the auctioneer tried a new line: "The lumber in the house is worth more than that!"

As Detroit reels from job losses in the U.S. auto industry, the depressed city has emerged as a boomtown in one area: foreclosed property.

It also stands as a case study in the economic pain from a housing bust as analysts consider whether a developing crisis in mortgages to high-risk borrowers will trigger a slowdown in the broader U.S. economy.

The rising cost of mortgage financing for Detroit borrowers with weak credit has added to the downdraft from a slumping local economy to send home values plunging faster than many investors anticipated a few months ago.

At a weekend sale of about 300 Detroit-area houses by Texas-based auction firm Hudson & Marshall, the mood was marked more by fear than greed.

"These people are investors and they know the difficulty of finding financing. They know the difficulty of finding good tenants. They're cautious," said realtor Stanley Wegrzynowicz, who attended the auction.


The city, which has lost more than half its population in the past 30 years and struggled with rising crime, failing schools and other social problems, largely missed out on the housing boom that swept much of the country in recent years.

Prices have gained less than 2 percent per year in the five years since 2001, when the auto industry entered a renewed slump.

Steve Izairi, 32, who re-financed his own house in suburban Dearborn and sold his restaurant to begin buying rental properties in Detroit two years, was concerned that houses he thought were bargains at $70,000 two years ago were now selling for just $35,000.

At least 16 Detroit houses up for sale on Sunday sold for $30,000 or less.

A boarded-up bungalow on the city's west side brought $1,300. A four-bedroom house near the original Motown recording studio sold for $7,000.

"You can't buy a used car for that," said Izairi. "It's a gamble, and you have to wonder how low it's going to get."

Detroit, where unemployment runs near 14 percent and a third of the population lives in poverty, leads the nation in new foreclosure filings, according to tracking service RealtyTrac.

With large swaths of the city now abandoned, banks are reclaiming and reselling Detroit homes from buyers who can no longer afford payments at seven times the national rate.

Michigan was the only state to see home prices fall in 2006. The national average price rose almost 6 percent but prices slipped 0.4 percent here, according to a federal study.

The state's jobless rate of 7.1 percent in January was also the second highest in the nation, behind only Mississippi.


Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was greeted with applause when he announced last week that two condominiums in the city's revitalizing downtown sold for over $1 million each.

But investors, including some from out of state, proved far more cautious at Sunday's auction.

In the most spirited bidding of the day, a sprawling, four-bedroom mansion from Detroit's boom days with an ornate stone entrance fetched just $135,000.

Dave Webb, principal at Hudson & Marshall, said Michigan had become a "heavy volume" market for his auction firm in recent years, although bigger-money deals were waiting in California, a market he said was ready for the first such auctions of repossessed property in years.

"These people that are buying have got to look at holding on for five to seven years," he said. "The key is holding power."

Even with the steep discounts on Detroit-area properties, some buyers handed over their deposits with a wince.

"I'm not sure it's congratulations," said Kirk Neal, a 55-year-old auto body shop worker who bought a ranch in the suburb of Oak Park for $34,000. "My wife is going to kill me."

Realtor Ron Walraven had a three-bedroom house in the suburb of Bloomfield Hills that had listed for $525,000 sell for just $130,000 at the auction.

"Once we've seen the last person leave Michigan, then I think we'll be able to say we've seen the bottom," he said.

Emergency Services Opinion / Chest presses, not breaths, help CPR
« on: March 16, 2007, 03:54:39 PM »
Chest presses, not breaths, help CPR By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer
1 hour, 10 minutes ago

Chest compression — not mouth-to-mouth resuscitation — seems to be the key in helping someone recover from cardiac arrest, according to new research that further bolsters advice from heart experts.

A study in Japan showed that people were more likely to recover without brain damage if rescuers focused on chest compressions rather than rescue breaths, and some experts advised dropping the mouth-to-mouth part of CPR altogether. The study was published in Friday's issue of the medical journal The Lancet.

More than a year ago, the        American Heart Association revised CPR guidelines to put more emphasis on chest presses, urging 30 instead of 15 for every two breaths given. Stopping chest compressions to blow air into the lungs of someone who is unresponsive detracts from the more important task of keeping blood moving to provide oxygen and nourishment to the brain and heart.

Another big advantage to dropping the rescue breaths: It could make bystanders more willing to provide CPR in the first place. Many are unwilling to do the mouth-to-mouth part and become flummoxed and fearful of getting the ratio right in an emergency.

Sudden cardiac arrest — when the heart suddenly stops beating — can occur after a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning. It's most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. The person experiencing it collapses, is unresponsive to gentle shaking and stops normal breathing.

In the new study, researchers led by Dr Ken Nagao of Surugadai Nihon University Hospital in Tokyo analyzed 4,068 adult patients who had cardiac arrest witnessed by bystanders. Of those, 439 received chest compressions only from bystanders, and 712 received conventional CPR — compressions and breaths.

Any CPR attempt improved survival odds. However, 22 percent of those who received just chest compressions survived with good neurological function compared with only 10 percent of those who received combination CPR.

"Eliminating the need for mouth-to-mouth ventilation will dramatically increase the occurrence of bystander-initiated resuscitation efforts and will increase survival," Dr. Gordon Ewy, a cardiologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, writes in an accompanying editorial.

A big caveat: The combination CPR in the Japanese study was given according to the old guidelines of 15 presses for every two breaths, not the 30 presses recommended now.

The American Heart Association said the study supports a focus on chest presses, but the association does not expect its advice to change. It recommends that bystanders provide compression-only CPR if they are "unwilling or unable" to do mouth-to-mouth breathing at the same time and for emergency dispatchers to give instructions on that.

The association wants to see survival results from programs that use compression-only CPR for cardiac arrest.

"It is important to note that victims of cardiac arrest from non-cardiac causes, like near-drowning or electrocution, and almost all victims of pediatric cardiac arrest benefit from a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions," a heart association statement says.

More than 300,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest each year. About 75 percent to 80 percent of all cardiac arrests outside a hospital happen at home, and effective CPR can double a victim's chance of survival.

Roughly 9 out of 10 cardiac arrest victims die before they get to the hospital — partly because they don't get CPR.

World News / A Lot of Ice found on Mars.
« on: March 16, 2007, 03:45:52 PM »
Immense ice deposits found at south pole of Mars By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A spacecraft orbiting Mars has scanned huge deposits of water ice at its south pole so plentiful they would blanket the planet in 36 feet of water if they were liquid, scientists said on Thursday.
The scientists used a joint        NASA-Italian Space Agency radar instrument on the European Space Agency Mars Express spacecraft to gauge the thickness and volume of ice deposits at the Martian south pole covering an area larger than Texas.

The deposits, up to 2.3 miles thick, are under a polar cap of white frozen carbon dioxide and water, and appear to be composed of at least 90 percent frozen water, with dust mixed in, according to findings published in the journal Science.

Scientists have known that water exists in frozen form at the Martian poles, but this research produced the most accurate measurements of just how much there is.

They are eager to learn about the history of water on Mars because water is fundamental to the question of whether the planet has ever harbored microbial or some other life. Liquid water is a necessity for life as we know it.

Characteristics like channels on the Martian surface strongly suggest the planet once was very wet, a contrast to its present arid, dusty condition.

Jeffrey Plaut of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who led the study, said the same techniques are being used to examine similar ice deposits at the Martian north pole.

Radar observations made in late 2005 and early 2006 provided the data on the south pole, and similar observations were taken of the north pole in the past several months, Plaut said.

Plaut, part of an international team of two dozen scientists, said a preliminary look at this data indicated the ice deposits in at the north pole are comparable to those at the south pole.


"Life as we know it requires water and, in fact, at least transient liquid water for cells to survive and reproduce. So if we are expecting to find existing life on Mars we need to go to a location where water is available," Plaut said.

"So the polar regions are naturally a target because we certainly know that there's plenty of H2O there."

Some of the new information even hints at the possible existence of a thin layer of liquid water at the base of the deposits.

But while images taken by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft made public in December suggested the presence of a small amount of liquid water on the surface, researchers are baffled about the fate of most of the water. The polar deposits contain most of the known water on Mars.

Plaut said the amount of water in the Martian past may have been the equivalent of a global layer hundreds of meters deep, while the polar deposits represent a layer of perhaps tens of meters.

"We have this continuing question facing us in studies of Mars, which is: where did all the water go?" Plaut said.

"Even if you took the water in these two (polar) ice caps and added it all up, it's still not nearly enough to do all of the work that we've seen that the water has done across the surface of Mars in its history."

Plaut said it appears perhaps 10 percent of the water that once existed on Mars is now trapped in these polar deposits. Other water may exist below the planet's surface or perhaps some was lost into space through the atmosphere, Plaut said.

Resurfacing Project on Route 17, Pulaski and Texas Counties to begin

Willow Springs, Mo. -The resurfacing project on Route 17 in Pulaski and Texas Counties is scheduled to begin Monday, March 19, 2007, weather permitting. This project encompasses 42.37 miles of Route 17 from Interstate 44 in Pulaski County to Route 38 in Texas County. Motorists should expect minor delays due to one lane work zone.

Project plans call for an asphalt overlay. The project was awarded to Lake Asphalt Paving and Construction, LLC, of Osage Beach, Mo., at a total cost of $1,605,446.25. For additional information regarding this or other transportation-related topics, contact the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). Customers also may email the center at


Tell us your favorite Joke / How fights get started over nothing.
« on: March 12, 2007, 04:33:53 AM »
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Music, Bands, Concerts? / Lead singer of the band Boston dies
« on: March 10, 2007, 02:38:46 PM »
Lead singer of the band Boston dies

03/10/2007 2:10 AM, AP

Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston, was found dead Friday in his home in southern New Hampshire. He was 55.

Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Delp dead. Lt. William Baldwin said in a news release that there was no indication of foul play.

"There was nothing disrupted in the house. He was a fairly healthy person from what we're able to ascertain," Police Chief Philip Consentino told WMUR-TV.

Delp apparently was alone at the time, Baldwin said.

The cause of death remained under investigation. Police said an incident report would not be available until Monday.

Delp sang on Boston's 1976 hits "More than a Feeling" and "Long Time." He also sang on Boston's most recent album, "Corporate America," released in 2002.

He joined the band in the early 1970s after meeting Tom Scholz, an MIT student interested in experimental methods of recording music, according to the group's official Web site. The band enjoyed its greatest success and influence during its first decade.

The band's last appearance was in November 2006 at Boston's Symphony Hall.

On Friday night, the Web site was taken down and replaced with the statement: "We just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll."

A call to the Swampscott, Mass., home of Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau was not immediately returned Friday night.

DARE growth prompts review
Darrell Todd Maurina

St. Robert police have a problem, but it’s not necessarily a bad problem: too many schools like Officer Crystal Nunn, who was asked to begin a Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Freedom Elementary School and now handles several other programs at schools on Fort Leonard Wood.

Nunn had worked as a police officer in St. Robert before she left for a suburban St. Louis police agency where she received training as a DARE officer. When she returned to the St. Robert Police Department last year, city officials decided it would be good to use her DARE training to begin a program when the Waynesville R-VI School District opened a new elementary school in St. Robert.

St. Robert City Administrator Norman Herren asked members of the St. Robert Finance Committee what they should do next.

“We started out with the idea that we had a qualified DARE officer and we would use her in the school since it was the first school in the city,” Herren said. “She turned out to be fantastic and we’ve gotten more and more requests to use her.”

That’s good for the schools but not so good for St. Robert police, who can’t use her for road patrol duty when she’s working in schools.

Alderman Todd Williams asked how other communities handle the DARE program; Herren said no other school system in the area has a certified DARE officer and said he didn’t think Fort Leonard Wood military police were now using the DARE program.

Alderman Theresa Cook, who chairs the finance committee and is a Waynesville administrative employee, said she’d check with other cities and school systems on how they handle the DARE program and would report back to the committee.

Local News / We have Rats? Where you at Alan? Daily Guide Story.
« on: March 10, 2007, 05:07:43 AM »
Clark declares war on rats, junk in city

Published: Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:22 PM CST
Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina Waynesville Councilman Alan Clark tells Waynesville Economic Development Committee members that he’s sick of junk in the city and wants it removed.
Darrell Todd Maurina

Waynesville Councilman Alan Clark said Tuesday evening that he’s fed up with nuisances in the city.

Clark, the former public works director and planning and zoning administrator for St. Robert who now works in a similar capacity with American Eagle on the new residential construction at Fort Leonard Wood, told members of the Waynesville Economic Development Committee that there’s no reason residents should have to put up with junk-filled lots, dilapidated buildings and rat-infested yards.

“There’s no way that I would want to bring my family down from Nebraska or up from Oklahoma or up from South Carolina and stand them on Historic Route 66 next to junk to watch a Christmas parade,” Clark said. “That’s embarrassing.”

Committee chairman Luge Hardman agreed.

“You’re not going to have commercial development unless you have an attractive area that people do want to come and see, and that’s obviously what we’ve been trying to do for the past few years,” Hardman said. “That, I think, is the purpose of the nuisance ordinances.”

Hardman said she believes the city’s nuisance ordinances have helped spur many residents to clean up their property without being forced to do so, but Clark said progress can’t come fast enough.

“The building department is doing a good job trying to stay on top of something that’s been allowed to fester for years,” Clark said.

“We have still got a long way to go,” Clark said. “In my opinion it still doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if you’ve got to drive through an absolute garbage dump to get there.”

Clark said any residents who want to drive to downtown have to go through areas of the city that he called the “absolute pigsty of this town.”

The city’s worst problems are concentrated in wards one and two, Clark said.

“A lot of these properties are worth more with the building down,” Clark said. “Now you have to go down there and it’s hand-to-hand combat with rats, feral cats, and anything else that’s roaming around down there.”

“It should not be that way; the residents of Waynesville deserve better,” Clark said. “I am absolutely going to go on a tear the next 12 months until either I don’t run or get defeated or whatever. I am going to start holding people accountable.”

Clark said anyone who questions his tenaciousness will find that he “digs in like a tick,” and said he wants to help overworked city staff who already have too much to do.

Fixing up the city is more than beautification, Clark said.

“The complacency by some people who have allowed this to continue is unacceptable,” Clark said. “If I’ve got unlawful things on my mind, I’m going to look for areas of town where I’m going to see there’s no code enforcement, no property maintenance enforcement, no nuisance enforcement, and I’m going to move in there because that tells me right away that’s a low profile area and I can pretty much do whatever I want to: drugs, meth labs, and prostitution.”

Key improvements recently have included tearing down several dilapidated buildings including J.C. Manor and the sale of the Oaks Apartments to a new landlord who has pledged to get rid of criminal elements among the tenants, Clark said. Clark said he wanted to thank those owners and ask other to follow suit.

Local News / Drug bust.
« on: March 09, 2007, 04:29:12 AM »
Press Release

Drug Search Warrant

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

March 8, 2007

During an ongoing drug investigation by the St. Robert City Police Department they developed information that led to an address in Pulaski County outside of the St. Robert City limits. The St. Robert Police Detectives contacted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and a joint investigation was started. Further assistance was requested from the Lake Area Narcotic Enforcement Group. This investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for a residence on Rocky Mount Lane in the Buckhorn area.

The search warrant was served at 3:45pm on March 8, 2007, by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department along with officers from the Lake Area Narcotic Task force and two members of the Detective Division of the St. Robert City Police Department. The search uncovered a large number of Ecstasy tablets. The search also resulted in the discovery of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the residence.

One white male and one black male who were in the residence were arrested and taken to the Pulaski County Jail where they are being held for 24 hours pending the formal filing of charges. At this time the subjects will not be identified.

Local News / Porn on the agenda at County Commissioners meeting today.
« on: March 08, 2007, 02:50:52 PM »
Judy Tillet and Mike Dunbar will be appearing at the county Commissioners meeting today, to discuss PORN. I will let you know when the video is ready to watch.

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