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Local News / Re: Man in St Robert putting HIV Blood in ketchup
« on: August 10, 2007, 03:49:54 PM »
Well I heard they installed Intravenous bags at each table.

Hell I heard it was a mustard dispenser, what's up with that?  (ha ha)

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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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Music, Bands, Concerts? / Re: Music of my Youth
« on: August 10, 2007, 03:38:10 AM »
http://www.campchaos.com/blog-archives/2006/05/napster_bad_metallicops.html

If you are 18 years old and you want to watch a cartoon about the whiny Metalica, click on that link. Beware of R rated language. Requires Quicktime.

Metallica befor they turned into whiners

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Restaurant Opinion / Re: The Hub
« on: August 09, 2007, 04:48:39 AM »
I don't believe this, sounds to me like an ex employee.

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Local News / Re: Press Release Crocker Death Investigation
« on: August 08, 2007, 11:15:29 PM »
Killed what man?

No one really will ever know what was going through either james or trinas minds. There may have been an order of protection but trina and james were still seeing one another. I will never agree with what james did but drugs make people do stupid things and as for james killing that other man yes it happened but it wasn't something he set out to do. I knew both james and trina and liked the both of them when they were neither one on drugs, but drugs change people so badly that no one wants to be around them while they are strung out. The reason i'm writng this is to find out something they have posted when trinas visitation and funeral is does anyone know what they are doing about James?

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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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Here is proof David Lee Roth needs Rehab.
[youtube=425,350]kX9qcggRo18[/youtube]
Eddie Van Halen in rehab?  Wonder if there's any connection to his split with Valerie Bertoneli?  They made the cutest couple.
And here I always thought Roth was the one who needed rehab.

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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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I might add that this evening Mylisa has confirmed that I am in no way a terrorist, but she added I am a lot of fun when I drink. A special thank you goes out to our neighbor up the street who through her concern for Americas safety volunteered her time for this worthy event, and of course who could forget Bud Light

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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 / Re: SOTO Club Murders
« on: August 07, 2007, 01:36:54 AM »
Can we post the transcript?

A team with a knack for cold cases did take this one on for size. I even purchased the entire Federal trial court record for the testimony. But the Federal PA's very carefully cut out every word that pertained to this crime. Since I have previously met and worked these guys for other crimes way back when I can assure you it will be a very cold day in hell before they talk. Had any testimony under oath related to the murders been placed in the transcript we could use it but to keep from "inflaming the jury" on the charges at the time that testimony was excluded at trial.

Bottom line it will take a miracle to send this murder case to trial.

      JB

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Local News / Re: SOTO Club Murders
« on: August 06, 2007, 10:35:43 PM »
http://www.pulaskicountyweb.com/soto/

I have added two links to the page with victim and alleged killers photos. These are articles that Gary Carmack sent me.

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Local News / Re: Press Release Crocker Death Investigation
« on: August 06, 2007, 08:50:08 PM »
Press Release

Death Investigation

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug. 6, 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.

The male subject was James Matthew Wotherspoon, age 50, of Crocker, Missouri. The female subject was Trina M. Witt, age 38, of Crocker, Missouri. They had been involved in a domestic situation for approximately one year.

Due to the nature of the odor and the Deputies knowledge of the past history of events that had occurred involving these subjects the Deputies began to photograph and document the scene prior to making a forced entry into the home. Additional Detective officers arrived on scene and a careful examination of the scene was conducted. Forensic evidence was documented and preserved for future examination.

An autopsy was to be conducted in Springfield, Missouri, the morning of Aug. 6, 2007 at 8:30am.. We have yet to hear from the Deputies who attended the autopsy and we have no details of the findings at this time.

On May 9, 2007, James Wotherspoon was involved in an altercation with the oldest son of Trina Witt and during the fight Witt’s son was stabbed several times with a knife. Wotherspoon was charged with felony assault in the First Degree. The incident had occurred at 17454 Bobwhite Road, which is a short distance from the death scene. This case was due to come up in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Aug. 8, 2007.

There were also two active orders of protection in effect at the time this incident occurred. Trina Witt had requested the first order of protection and her oldest son had requested the second order after the stabbing incident on May 9, 2007. Both of these orders of protection listed James M. Wotherspoon as the respondent. We do not know why Trina Witt was at the Wotherspoon residence.

At this time the totality of the circumstances determined during this investigation point to a preliminary conclusion that Trina Witt was shot and killed by James Wotherspoon. The death of James Wotherspoon was due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation in this case will continue.

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Local News / Re: Man in St Robert putting HIV Blood in ketchup
« on: August 06, 2007, 03:18:01 PM »
If it happened to be a rumor and you owned a restaurant that was named, would you sue someone?

how can it draw a lawsuit? Is it true or not? I would want to know if this happened especially if it was in this area. This is scary!

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Local News / Re: Man in St Robert putting HIV Blood in ketchup
« on: August 06, 2007, 02:42:56 PM »
We don't want to know that information. That could draw a swift lawsuit.


?what??  What restaurant was it?  Whether he is hiv+ or not, that is absolutely disgusting!  I am hoping he was arrested or something?

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Local News / Re: Press Release Crocker Death Investigation
« on: August 06, 2007, 04:06:01 AM »
I agree and I am sure all family members have been notified by now, if not I can't imagine how they couldn't have, so therefore here is what I have heard. I am not saying in any way any of this is fact.

James Wootherspoon and Trina Medlen Witt.
They had been dating each other. They had been in the local news because James had allegedly stabbed her oldest son 4 times in a fight he had with him, and he was out on bond, his hearing was the 8th of this month.



How could the family not know when the whole town does?

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 05, 2007, 11:22:21 PM »
Well said. On line petition won't work.


I agree....I have wondered for a while now if a petition would do any good to get this put on the ballot.......would a petition on the web page be considered a legal petition or does it have to be paper?  We need this LE Tax and the commissoners are just too greedy and controlling to attempt to give this county what we want and need to be properly and adequatly(sp?) protected!!  JB....KEEP FIGHTING!!! Maybe one day the commissioners will open their eyes!!

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 05, 2007, 05:48:45 PM »
A crowd unfortunately can't make money appear that's not there. You need a law enforcement tax. I am not sure why there isn't a petition being circulated. If I'd show up they might slash your budget. LOL


It would be nice if a lot of people showed up when they take on my budget.

      JB

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 05, 2007, 03:10:33 PM »
Well JB, the only defense dishonest people have is to call honest people dishonest. I have always thought people love to lower you to their level; just don't ever let them take you there.

We also have to remember that the LE tax was not their idea, therefore it will never be a good idea to them.


I think I hit one of those small details on this column. I reread the news article on the Dixon situation and it sounds more like a simple sales tax they are talking about not an LE tax. I am sure this major error will be the hit of the week for those who view my column as "not factual" but the fact is they are talking about the passage of a sales tax. LE or simple does not really matter.

    JB

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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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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 04, 2007, 06:36:52 PM »




The Sheriff’s View #32, Week of Aug.6 to 10, 2007


Welcome aboard one more time. I have a lot to write about today so I think I shall start with the weekly case numbers. The last case number issued was 5,114. Our number last week was 4,924 so we picked up 190 cases this past week.

In many places around Missouri the world may be changing. I opened my copy of the Richland Mirror newspaper yesterday and bang right between the eyes all kinds of information on a ballot issue for a combined law enforcement- road and bridge sales tax for Camden County. The paper had a one half page ad for the ballot measure with a lot of information. According to the ad the ½ cent sales tax would add a total of 25 cents to every $100.00 purchase you make in Camden County. Since it is a sales tax it applies to everyone who enters into Camden County. The ad featured the proposed use of the tax and the major highlights of its intended use. All in all it was an impressive ad.

But the rest of the story as they say was the best. It seems that all Camden County elected officials have signed on to support this issue because it is in the best interest of the County. This part of the sales pitch included a combined open letter from the Chairman of the Camden County Democratic party and the Chairman of the Camden County Republican party urging members of both parties to support the ballot issue for the good of the County.

All I can say is WOW, a law enforcement sales tax measure that has full and complete support across the board by both political parties and all elected officials. Camden County may border Pulaski County on the road map but their progressive thinking is a galaxy away from us in the real world. The tax measure will be voted on Aug. 7th in Camden County and I will do my best to have a follow up on this next week.

And speaking of law enforcement sales tax proposals I saw in the local paper where the Dixon City Council was also considering a law enforcement sales tax issue for the City of Dixon. They have some severe funding issues in Dixon and this might be a way to help their city in a real sense. I shall continue to follow that story.

In other news, on Thursday the 2nd I presented a proposal to our Commissioners for a new emergency generator for the Courthouse. I suggested one big enough to handle the entire Courthouse electric load. This is a piece of new equipment that is needed for many reasons. You may have already read about this issue in the local papers, several reporters wanted a copy of my letter.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was notified last week that we had been awarded a grant for $42,000.00 dollars for the purpose of a new radio repeater tower to be used by multiple agencies. We had proposed in the written grant to locate the tower in the northern part of the County where it could equally serve the Sheriff’s Department of Pulaski, Miller, and Maries Counties. One of the provisions of the grant would also be to allow any emergency /public service agency the use of the tower for their communication needs. The grant requires a ten percent fund match and we shall need some land. A number of offers for land have already been received and I shall contact these people soon. This grant will require a lot of work to flow through to the completion of the project but I believe that it will be worth the effort.

I would like to issue a very special thank you for this grant to my reserve Deputy Johnny Burgess who not only found the grant and called it to my attention but who also wrote the grant. But his service on this one goes above and beyond the call of duty. Johnny found this hidden in an interoperable radio grant that was about to expire. We did not need the interoperable part but the fine print at the bottom of the page referenced “other communication needs”. Johnny and I had been talking about a repeater tower for some time now so he called them and the answer was yes, a repeater need would qualify. So two weeks before the grant deadline we went into high gear working on our written application and we succeeded in meeting the application deadline. So once again WELL DONE JOHNNY!!

In other news we still need a new dispatcher. We are one short at this time. If you would be interested please call 573-774-6196 to start the ball rolling. And speaking of dispatch we have the dispatch totals for the month of July 2007 at hand. We received 6,357 telephone calls and 2,380 visitors to the front window. Dispatch logged 51 animal calls and they picked off two more arrest warrants at the front window. This brings the years totals to 37,195 on phone calls, 11,901 on visitors, 231 on animal calls and 16 warrant arrests.

A question came up this past week on securing money from inmates booked into the Pulaski County jail. The answer is we take the inmates money, record it on a deposit slip, and deposit the money in a local bank. When you have completed your jail visit and want your money back you need to return during normal courthouse working hours and ask for the money. You will be given a check drawn on the same local bank to cash. If the employee who handles the checks is absent that day you will need to return. Do not show up on Sunday and do not send another family member to pick up the money. Your family member did not give us the money and we will not give it to them. The bottom line is that this is how we do business, if you do not like this method then take your jail business to another county.

The upcoming months of August and September will be busy for us we have three back-to-back murder trials set for the third floor of the courthouse. All three cases involve the Missouri Attorney Generals Office. These will be complex and involved trials. Since these cases are set for jury trial my only comment today will be the fact that they are scheduled for trial. You can get the rest of the story from the newspapers after the case is over. I believe that I am over the word limit one more time and I think I will close out with the usual, drive careful and stay legal. The jail is open for business and the lights are ON!





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Local News / Re: JB King's letter to the County Commissioners.
« on: August 04, 2007, 03:47:42 AM »
Not to sound argumentative, but, where's that written in stone?

It's almost 11 o'clock on a Friday night, and I am talking about Courthouse maintenance. Age sure does change a man.


That fund is for courthouse maintenance and repairs, which does include the jail. However, it cannot be used to build a new jail. It can be used to maintain the courthouse.

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Local News / Re: JB King's letter to the County Commissioners.
« on: August 04, 2007, 03:11:26 AM »
Is the Jail not part of the courthouse? If so could those funds be used to improve the jail size?


     I am not the one who used the $50K figure, my guess was a minimum of $150K. I was unable to determine any specific numbers of load demand and so forth and besides I know nothing about electric except that it will bite you so I did not quote any specific requirements needed. The courthouse sales fund has $2,453,100.05 in it as of 8-1-07. Yes the Board of Directors of that group make the decision on the use of the funds.

   JB

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Local News / Re: JB King's letter to the County Commissioners.
« on: August 04, 2007, 12:12:13 AM »
Was my assesment correct Gary?

The EOC is the basement of the 911 building.

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Local News / Re: JB Kin's letter to the county Commissioners.
« on: August 03, 2007, 11:13:11 PM »
From my recollection they have 2.2 million dollars left over in the fund that came from the sales tax that had been in place to build the Courthouse. I also believe that there is a board of directors who oversee that fund, and the Commissioner's have no say in the matter. I could be wrong, but that's my recollection as to how this works. I am, however, sure that they would be willing to look at it with the Commissioner's recommendation. I have heard the number of $50,000.00 to upgrade the generator. If it be to JB's recommended specs, I'd think that figure is too low.

I am in total agreement that it is a needed improvement.