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County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 26, 2008, 08:39:29 PM »
That reminds me. Wasn't Ransdall asking for a secretary. Why is it now an economic development person? Is it so he can pay more, justify it further, or what? Did he change the description of the position because of the flack he got for the term secretary? This is looking like smoke and mirrors to me again.. Isn't it really just someone to do his job for him?
YT, but your talking about a County that has most likely done some planning before the situation got so bad that they started talking about layoffs.  I can foresee Ransdal putting LE on the ballet, but a large chunk will go to pay for the position he wants to do such planning and/or development. 

Bottom line is that the LE sales tax initiative needs to spelled out that it all goes to LE.  I know they have talked about 100% to the SD and another plan for 50% to the SD and 10% to each of the five cities in County.  I believe that should be voted on by the citizens and not left up to Ransdal.  I also believe that if they don't protect a portion of the current budget the SD gets that Ransdal will move it to other departments which would make passing the tax like pissing into the wind.

Local News / Re: Press release shooting. JB King
« on: March 26, 2008, 08:31:05 PM »
News Release- Update

Shooting Incident

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

March 26, 2008

The shooting incident at 7:45am on March 26, 2008 occurred at the address of 14145 Howard Lane, Dixon, Mo. As a result of that shooting, the male victim, Brian Lee Powell age 42, has died due to a gunshot wound. His body was taken to Springfield, Missouri, for an autopsy that was conducted the afternoon of 3-26-08.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Deputies who are working the case will continue their efforts with the aim of presenting a statement of probable cause to the Pulaski County Prosecutor in the near future for criminal charges related to this case.

Additional news updates will be released when the information is available for release.

Local News / Press release shooting. JB King
« on: March 26, 2008, 03:34:08 PM »
News Release
Shooting Incident
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
March 26, 2008
At 7:45am on 3-26-08 the Pulaski County 911 Communications Center notified the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department of a physical disturbance in progress in the area of Howard Lane near Missouri Route 28. As the Deputies were responding to the scene the 911 Center gave an updated report that at least one person had been shot.
The first Deputy on the scene advised at 7:52am that he had one gunshot victim on the ground and that he had secured possession of the firearm. An additional victim with knife injuries was reported a minute later. Both injured persons were transported by the Pulaski County Ambulance Service to the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment.
At this time it appears that the incident was the result of a domestic disturbance and involved a single-family unit. All parties involved in this incident have been accounted for and no person involved in the incident is still being sought by the Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation continues and news updates will be released when possible.

Local News / Re: Race for Sheriff
« on: March 26, 2008, 01:40:56 PM »
Loos like some more comments I would not allow on here. Unreal and unnessesary.
Some great comments on the DG blog about the Sheriff's Race.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Weekly Sheriff's reports.
« on: March 26, 2008, 01:32:22 PM »
3 weeks worth.

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Local News / Re: Race for Sheriff
« on: March 26, 2008, 02:21:22 AM »
Was there a parade?

    You got your wish. I have a primary.

Local News / Re: Race for Sheriff
« on: March 26, 2008, 02:20:28 AM »
Perhaps he is like me, and doesn't consider JT to actually be in the running..
You like everyone in this race? I seem to remember quite a few problems you had with one of them. You must have a lot of forgiveness in your heart to say that without your fingers crossed.

In that case, I won't take you down there with me when I go..

I went to Waynesville City Hall today to apply for a building permit.  My son, who is 5, stayed out in the foyer, playing with the payphone. It's all glass so I could see him.  I got my permit application and was filling it out.  My son was trying to get my attention and smacked the glass.  I looked at him and he saw the expression on my face and knew to stop.  The two women behind the front counter looked up and told me that my son shouldn't hit the glass.  I had already resolved the issue with a glance my son caught and her comment was unnecessary.   
Now, don't get me wrong... my son can get excited, play a little rough, and get boisterous, as ALL 5-year olds will do, but on this particular occasion, he was actually being well-behaved, if just a little playful.  He even opened the door for a gentleman walking into the building!
As I continued to fill out the application, I overheard one of the ladies say to the other, "She needs to get that kid out of here."
I turned to them and said, "I heard that.  That was VERY rude."  One of the ladies then got up and left the room.  
I just wanted everyone to know that, evidently, children are not welcome down at Waynesville City Hall while a parent might be conducting business.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: March 24, 2008, 02:02:32 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #13, Week of March 24 to 28, 2008

Welcome aboard for one more trip around Pulaski County with the Deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. After this past week maybe I should change that to one more float trip around the county. But we do not have any boats in the department and our cars do not float so we better stick to the known roads.

The floods of the past week did have an impact on us in a lot of ways. We got to do some extra safety checks, some traffic control to close down roads, and some cases of just plain old severe difficulty in driving to the problem area. We tried to keep Deputies on the north side of the river, especially since for a period of time the only way to Dixon was via the I-44/ Mo. 133 overpass at the Oasis. That is not the shortcut to Dixon. But we appeared to have survived the floodwaters and life moves on.

Our calls for service/case number count stands at 2,098 this morning. Last week it was 1,834 so we picked up 264 calls in one week. What can I say the warm spring winds are just around the bend and the call count will jump skyward. Just exactly what we do not need at this time.

As I have been writing this column I have also been listening to the scanner and one of my Deputies seems to be having car problems today. They tried to send him to a call but he did not think he would make it so he parked his vehicle at the office and took the jail van so he could respond to the call. Since then he has returned the jail van to the office after the completion of that call, hitched a ride to another deputies house, swiped his car, and is back in service.

I had to laugh a little bit at his car situation, because I also have a small car problem of my own today. Last night my patrol car was traded to a Deputy who is driving to Iowa for training today. He was supposed to leave me his patrol car for my use. But while he was driving on flood-damaged Cave Road near Dixon Saturday working on an investigation he punched a hole through the transmission pan on his car. So his car is now waiting for repair at the garage. So here I sit without a patrol car or equipment on Sunday. If I get called out the family car will have to do the work.

As a department we take pride in the knowledge that we do the best we can with the few crumbs that we get to work with and we do get the job done despite the obstacles. But we sure could use a few less hurtles to jump some days.

Did I mention that we are sending some people to the free training in Iowa once again? We are sending one road Deputy, one jail staff member and one reserve officer. The training is free, the room and board including food is free and our only cost is the gasoline for the trip. Since they are using my 6-cyl. Dodge for the trip they should get about 24mpg and thus this trip will be even more cost effective for the department.

But there is a hidden cost to the trip. With only 5 people to work the jail we cannot lose a staff member for a week without working the other jail staff members overtime. And this week is worse because one other jail staff member had a visit with the Doctor who had a knife in his hand (minor surgery) and that jail staff member will be absent for a few days. That leaves three jail staff left so we are going to use a road officer to fill in as required in the jail. And that means we are now short two road officers this week. That means we are leaving the road force short 16 percent of their officers for the week. I had asked for more employees for the jail staff in the 2008 budget but that request was one of many that were not filled in the 2008 budget.

So we shall continue to swap out cars, rob Peter on the road to pay Paul in the jail and do whatever it takes to advance the training and skill level of the department. We will “get er done” at all costs but like I said a minute ago we could use a few less hurtles to jump.

In other news the February dispatch totals are now at hand. Bruce said he was sorry to be so late with the totals and that it would never happen again. But in his defense I must tell you that he is a new daddy again and we all know how those first several weeks are always so much fun and noise with so little sleep. A simple case of better he than me for I am old and cranky. And besides Bruce now works for us on a volunteer basis, he is no longer on the payroll.

In February we had 6,766 telephone calls. We had 2,261 people at the front window. We had 66 animal calls and 15 domestic disturbances. The dispatch crew picked off 7 warrant arrests at the front window. We have already had 13,602 telephone calls to the department for the first two months of the year.

Once again I seem to have written my way to the completion of another column. Please drive very careful and please stay very legal. We do not want your jail business. However if you must visit the jail we do have the lights on for you.

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:38:56 AM »
Yes I am well aware that they were earmarking some of it for other things.. Go figure.. It would, however, be nice to have that spelled out in detail before time to vote. There is also the possibility that it will be doomed by something a Commissioner adds to the package beforehand, and maybe even done to doom it intentionally. That way they can say I told you so.............. This is where I hope Farnham steps up to cover our butts...
Rick, there are some people who think the intent of the law is for the presiding to only vote "Only" to break a tie. County commission laws are quite vague and very gray. I have heard opinions that the presiding should not vote, except to break a tie. However, isn't it the same? In other words leaving the motion lay without a second, isn't that in an inactive way deciding. This happened to me a lot, it still kills the motion. But, RSMo 49.070 is quite clear that the presiding may make the decision when both associate commissioners disagree. Now, in fairness to Bill, he may think that he shouldn't vote. If that is his practice then it is what it is. Many of the "older school" politicians do believe that is the intent of the commissioner law. Therefore, Fedup in what many believe is the "purest" intent of the law, is correct, at least in theory.
By-the-way Rick, you realize passing that tax will help the county as much as the sheriff's dept. don't you? If passes that puts what 1.4 1.5 mil. back in general rev. ?

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 22, 2008, 10:40:36 PM »
So we have now concluded that no one slaped the wrong dog?

With only three I'm sure it seems like that.  But procedures are used even though it doesn't seem like it.  Ransdall only votes to break ties.  Therefore, if Farnham makes a motion, Thornsberry needs to second it, if he doesn't, no vote.  If Farnham and Thornsberry agree, doesn't matter what Ransdall thinks, the motion is carried.  If we're going to slap the dog, let's make sure we slap the right one.  Gary feel free to jump in here and correct me if I'm wrong.

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 22, 2008, 09:44:20 PM »
Then Ransdall's remarks on this matter to the media are incorrect? He could have voted for this Tax? I am confused now.. LOL
I thought it odd that how could he ever be a tie breaker, if neither of the other two ever seconded any motions.
Rick, yes he does. Also, when a commissioner makes a motion and the other associate commissioner does not second said motion the presiding can simply allow the motion to die, or he can vote. Missouri law says (RSMO 49.070) when the two commissioners disagree the decision of the presiding shall stand as the decision of the commission.

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
« on: March 22, 2008, 09:39:16 PM »
From my recollection of the BOAT event. JT lost the sheriff's race, had county equipment stored on his property, waited several months then presented the Commissioners a bill for storing said property. In an effort to not have to pay this storage fee it was decided that they sell JT the boat for 1 dollar.. I also recall that Farnham was not in attendance at this meeting.

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 22, 2008, 08:51:10 PM »
So the bottom line is Thornsberry must second the motion. Who is to say that will happen? Has he said he will? If not, all of Ransdall's efforts are null and void.
If the boat was sold with one Commissioner gone from the meeting, does the Presiding Commissioner then have a vote?

County Government Opinion / Re: TAXES FOR LAW ENFORCMENT
« on: March 22, 2008, 01:40:47 AM »
7.475, sorry hadn't read this until now. Therefore St. Robert Boulevard charges. 7.975, which means they are already at 8 percent. Doesn't seem to bother the shoppers now.

Curiosity....Rick what do you charge sales tax % at your store?  JB posted on the DG Blog over the weekend about only St Rbt Blvd has the high tax.  I forgot it was in such a small area. 

Crime Stopper / Re: Hwy 28
« on: March 21, 2008, 06:45:22 PM »
I should also add that most politicians wouldn't want you to know they read this site, how else could they pretend the LE tax has no support.. Yet based on the response you got from them, they must have read it. I sure don't feel bad if this site is unfavorable to their style of governing, if their style of governing is unfavorable. That's the whole Idea behind why I did this.

Crime Stopper / Re: Hwy 28
« on: March 21, 2008, 06:29:49 PM »
Yes you are right about hits. I didn't say hit's, my hit's number into the hundreds of thousands. I should have added that there are 15,000 of them that have unique ip addressess 10,000 returning visitors.
Believe me the elected officials are all reading it diligently.. And if they think it is unfavorable toward them, then maybe it should be. All we seem to get are the honest politicans in here.

Rick, not to burst your bubble, but if your site is like every other site in the world, those visitors are not discriminated.  In other words, if the same person visits 10 times a day (like me), you get 10 hits, but only one person.  I do know, in my discussions with what few officials I talk to, they use the term "that website" with less than complimentary emphasis.  Their loss.  I also know that every elected official I know reads the DG, so the medium you use depends on who you are trying to speak to.

Crime Stopper / Re: Hwy 28
« on: March 21, 2008, 06:15:36 PM »
I have heard that the Daily Guide has 1000 to 1500 subscribers. This site pulls 25,000 visitors a month. Can we do the math again?

I've been thinking lately.  The reputation of this website among elected officials is not so good, so most of them don't pay much attention to it, probably because it tells the truth, at least as we see it.  I don't recall much being said in the WDG about the LE tax, and the need for more $$ for LE other than the commissioners budget cuts.  I wonder if a letter writing campaign to the newspaper would reach more people.  It is obvious the commissioners are not going to talk about it unless somebody makes them.  They do not want to get the blame come re-election time for a new tax even if the people were to approve it.  I had a long discussion with the PA last night, and I think it's all politics with very little if any regard for what is needed.

Crime Stopper / Re: Hwy 28
« on: March 21, 2008, 07:18:50 AM »
No, what did it say? No one reads that..

i am guessing you all didn't see the survey in the pulaski county weekly free paper? someone ought to look into that?

Local News / Re: Road Closing
« on: March 21, 2008, 12:59:31 AM »
The river looks like it dropped 3 to 4 feet here. I'd say thins are improving quickly now.

Let's face it, every man has been through similar issues with women. Bahahahahaha

lol...that was a good one rick! Why all of the sudden did she have a phobia of getting off of the toilet? I just dont understand why someone would sit on it that long, hopefully she had one of those toilet cushions!! I bet she stunk...could you imagine the peak-a-choo not getting any air!! lol....gross!

I will tell them I told her to shit or get off the pot, and she refused.. They would understand.
What would you say to the cops?  And what would they do?

Now you talk about good boyfriends, that guy can tolerate a lot.. He's a better man than me, after about two days I'd have called the cops..

Crime Stopper / Re: Hwy 28
« on: March 20, 2008, 04:17:09 PM »
One word.. WOW.
Why aren’t Sudafed and those 20 gal barbecue propane tanks illegal? While you’re handing out speeding tickets to otherwise safe drivers shouldn’t you also be questioning and arresting each person that buys Sudafed from behind the counter? Equating common speeders as dangerous drivers is the same as equating the purchase of ingredients that MAY be used to produce the illegal crystal meth.  Speeding MAY result in an accident, but according to the National Hwy Safety Board. Less than 1/3rd of accidents are speed related. (Jan 08 report). Speed may be listed as a factor in only 31% but in most accidents it doesn’t matter when you fall off the road if you’re going 45 or 75mph, dead is dead.  Speed limits and their enforcement should be based on driver’s skill level and not set by petrified non-driving slow pokes.

Local News / Re: Woman convicted of hiding death of infant
« on: March 18, 2008, 06:56:29 PM »
Maybe she had trouble getting an appointment at the hospital?

Local News / Ceaser construction was robbed. REWARD
« on: March 18, 2008, 05:12:04 PM »
Ceaser construction was robbed. He is offering a $4500.00 reward on person(s) leading to the arrest of stolen property. His number is 573-855-4018.

The building next to Auto Financial directly after the light on right hand side at the Arby's stop light ( you will see the Ceasers Construction sign out front )
Theft happened 2 days ago but of course for more details call Ceaser.

Items stolen were
skidspeer bobcat...yes they drove it off the cliff
S-250 back ho attachment behind with forks &
several nailguns and other tools

Local News / Re: Race for Sheriff
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:20:15 PM »
Politician? Ego? Say it aint so?
I'd rather watch paint dry than watch Terry marching down the street feeding his already over inflated ego. This guy just thinks he's too cool for school. I'm voting for J.B.

Local News / Re: Race for Sheriff
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:16:36 PM »
Didn't ask him that.

Rick, is he filing on republican ticket?

National Political Opinion / Re: what the msm won't report
« on: March 16, 2008, 04:19:33 PM »
And all of this for the mere price of $503,000,000,000 not bad, too bad our economy is going down the tubes.. There is a cost of this war counter on the main page.
So good of us to equip their police and not our own..
Subject:? Why aren't we told this? How Could? We Know? I didn't know! You didn't know! How could we? know? Did you know? that 47 countries' have reestablished their embassies? in Iraq? ? Did you? know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi? people ? Did you? know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under? rehabilitation, 263 new schools are now under construction and 38 new? schools have been completed in Iraq? ? Did you? know that Iraq 's higher educational? structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and? 4 research centers, all currently? operating? Did you? know that 25 Iraq? students departed for the United State s in January 2005 for the? re-established Fulbright program ? Did you know? that the Iraqi Navy is operational ? They have 5 - 100-foot patrol? craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry? regiment. Did you? know that Iraq 's Air Force consists of? three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3? US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control)? which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters? and 4 Bell Jet Rangers ? Did you know? that Iraq has a counter-terrorist? unit and a Commando Battalion? Did you? know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and? equipped police officers? Did you? know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq? that produce over 3500 new officers each 8? weeks? Did you? know there are more than 1100 building projects going on? in Iraq ? They include 364? schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22? oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities. Did you? know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the ?first 2 series of polio vaccinations? Did you? know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by? mid October? Did you? know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in? Iraq and phone use has gone? up 158% ? Did you? know that Iraq has an independent media? that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television? stations? Did you? know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of? 2004? Did you? know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently? OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW! WHY DIDN'T WE? KNOW? YOUR NEWS MEDIA REFUSES TO TELL US! Instead of reflecting our? love for our country, we get photos of flag burning incidents at Abu? Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades.? Tragically, the lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq? serves three two major purposes of the liberal news? media: 1.? It is intended to undermine the world's perception of the? United States thus? minimizing consequent? ? support,? and: 2.? It is intended to discourage American citizens and erode their support for the war. 3.? It is intended to help the Democratic Party gain more power in the next elections. ---- All? the above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site." _ (

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: March 16, 2008, 04:07:46 PM »
 Week of March 17 to 21, 2008.

Welcome aboard for one more trip around Pulaski County with the Deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. This column may be in trouble if I do not receive a flash of literary inspiration real soon. Or better said I have little to write about. The sad fact of life this week was that I missed three full days of work because I was one sick puppy. So I missed all the action of the past week and I feel so stupid calling around asking what happened the last few days.

Everyone has assured me it was a quiet few days with just a few domestic incidents to keep the Deputies busy. As of 11:30am on 3-15-08 the case number/calls for service count stands at 1,834 for the year. I would still like to see a recession in the call numbers rather than the economy. But when the economy goes into a recession then the call volume goes up.

Just before my body failed me this past week I was able to attend a grant meeting in Springfield, Missouri, that was hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

As some of you may know MoDot has a traffic safety division and surprise they have a job to do in the promotion of traffic safety. They also give out grants if you will agree to help them in their mission. So surprise once again. We shall be asking for some modern equipment for traffic enforcement purposes and money to pay Deputies for working overtime on traffic enforcement projects.

So why do this? Back in my days as a Trooper we used to keep track of all sorts of traffic wreck statistics and if my memory has not failed me Pulaski County used to average about ten traffic deaths each year. So here I am talking about traffic safety and traffic deaths and I can already see the people in the back row falling asleep. So let me put it this way, if Pulaski County averaged ten murders a year there would be intense demands for law enforcement action. What is the difference between the two?

There is no difference. So if we can obtain modern equipment and money for overtime to do more of something we are already working on then my idea will be to support the MoDot traffic safety division with their efforts. I will keep you informed of our progress in this grant area.

I have not yet received the February dispatch statistics but I do have a message from my Chief of the Detective unit that the seven reserve Deputies who make up that section worked a grand total of 357 hours in February. Actually I should say the six Deputies of the reserve unit who were here working, reserve Deputy number seven is currently in Afghanistan dodging hostile tracer rounds with the 82nd Airborne Division.

I was recently asked a question that related to finance and the department. I probably should not try to answer that question today because it will require the use of numbers and I do not seem to have the correct budget info here at the house. But since I am hurting for material this column I will try to answer the question.

The figures I am about to use will not be exact. They will be close to correct and will give you a good idea. The public debate over the sales tax issue generated one question as to the cost of the current law enforcement protection offered by the Sheriff’s Department. In 2007 the cost to operate the Sheriff’s side of the house was roughly $771,003.00. The rest of the budget went for the jail operation.

According to the latest Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce economic pamphlet there are 51,579 people living full time in Pulaski County. Thus if you do the math you will discover that Pulaski County expends roughly $14.95 to protect each citizen for one year. Is your life worth $14.95 each year? Does that strike you as a low figure? Are you worth more?

My answer to all three questions would be yes. But I might be somewhat more concerned about this issue than the average person. It does seem to be rather cheap to me. But that seems to be the way we want to fund law enforcement at the county level in these parts cheap.

We have had several people ask the same question lately and that question was how do you buy a handgun these days? The answer is simple. The Missouri legislature changed our law and there is no more permit to acquire from the Sheriff. March right into your favorite gun store, pick out the handgun of your choice, pass the Federal instant background check, pay the man, and leave the store with your new treasure. Don’t forget the ammo you will need. And likewise do not forget the holster, safety gunlocks, belts, ammo carriers and so forth. You will be in debt before you fully understand what happened.

I believe that is sufficient goofing off for me this week. I would once again ask all drivers to drive very safe in Pulaski County and to otherwise stay very legal in your actions. The jail is open and the lights are on!