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State News / MODOT South Central District I-44 closure
« on: June 29, 2007, 07:43:00 PM »
South Central District 

June 25, 2007

MoDOT: I-44 Closed at US 65/Springfield Weekend of July 7-9
(See maps of Alternate routes and Map of City of Springfield below)

MoDOT, District 8, Springfield -- Interstate 44 is scheduled to be closed at Route 65 in Springfield (Mile Marker 82) for up to 52 hours the weekend of July 7-9, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

A bridge over I-44 must be taken down and removed over the weekend. It will be replaced over the next several months as part of an interchange reconstruction project.

Other state routes through Springfield will be used as relief routes to guide traffic around the project. These include Kearney Street (Route 744) and Glenstone Avenue (Loop 44) between Kearney Street and I-44.

Traffic also may be shifted at times off of I-44 or Route 65 to West Bypass (Route 160), Chestnut Expressway (Loop 44/Business 65) and Kansas Expressway (Route 13).

I-44 is scheduled to be closed at Route 65 at 12 a.m. Saturday, July 7. The contractor doing the work must reopen I-44 by 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 9.

However, MoDOT and its prime contractor on the job, Emery Sapp and Sons of Columbia, are working together to try to reopen I-44 much earlier than the Monday morning deadline.

MoDOT is encouraging local drivers to avoid the interchange and use other streets and roads in the Springfield area.

MoDOT also is urging cross-state drivers, including truckers, to use a detour between Springfield and Rolla that will run south of I-44, posted with "Alternate I-44" signs to keep drivers going in the right direction. The long-distance detour will use Routes 63, 60 and 360.

Drivers in Springfield should expect heavier-than-normal traffic on state routes through town, especially Kearney Street (Route 744) and North Glenstone Avenue.

Heavier-than-normal traffic also may develop at the Route 60/65 interchange on Springfield's southeast side.

MoDOT will have workers on duty round-the-clock to help with traffic control if backups occur. MoDOT and its contractors are coordinating the I-44 closing with law enforcement, fire and ambulance services.

Electronic message boards will be placed in many locations to help drivers find their way.

The MoDOT Customer Service Center will be open 24/7 when the I-44 segment is closed.

During the I-44 closure at Route 65:

Left turns will NOT be permitted in any direction on the Kearney Street bridge over Route 65.
Traffic on I-44 and southbound Route 65 heading east will be directed south to the Division Street (Route YY) bridge over Route 65, across the bridge and north on Route 65 back to I-44.
Westbound I-44 traffic will be directed north to the Valley Water Mill Road bridge over Route 65, across the bridge and south on Route 65 back to I-44. Valley Water Mill Road will be closed on either end of the bridge over Route 65 through the weekend.
If congestion develops at the Route 60/65 interchange, traffic will be diverted to other routes and back to Route 60 or 65 to keep vehicles moving.
The new northbound Route 65-to-westbound I-44 "flyover" ramp will be open to traffic.
Route 65 will be reduced to one lane each direction on the southbound bridge over I-44.
The "Alternate I-44" detour between Rolla and Springfield will be:

Route 63 between Rolla (Mile Marker 186) and Route 60 at Cabool.
Route 60 between Cabool and Springfield.
James River Freeway (Route 60) through Springfield
Route 360 between Springfield and I-44 (Mile Marker 69).
Completion of the $25 million I-44/65 interchange reconstruction project is scheduled for May 2008.

(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT. Or check modot. org .)


Springfield Map

Alternate I-44 Map


Restaurant Opinion / Re: Stefano's
« on: June 27, 2007, 04:34:50 AM »
He (Stefan) is going to Salt Lake City to open a Stefanos there. His wife was his partner when they first opened, she will take it over.

     ACK! ! ! !  We were just there tonight and enjoyed the food.  This is one of my husbands 'standard places to go' --- This is horrible news!  I did notice I did not hear his voice when we entered tonight --
     Where is Stefano going?

Local News / Federal Search Warrant Served
« on: June 26, 2007, 09:01:10 PM »
Press Release

Federal Search Warrant Served

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

June 26, 2007

During the early morning hours of June 26, 2007, a joint task force of officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the St. Robert City Police JETT team and Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol served a Federal Arrest warrant at a residence located at 26587 Ann Street in Swedeborg, Missouri.

A white male subject, Daniel Henderson, age 56, of Swedeborg, Missouri, was taken into custody as a result of the warrant service. The Federal warrant was for a felony violation of the United States code for “felon in possession; unlawful transport of firearms”. The Deputies on the scene of the arrest noted the presence in plain view of numerous items that related to controlled substances and firearms. This information was relayed to the Springfield, Missouri, office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. The ATF officers requested a Federal Search warrant which was later granted. A Pulaski County Deputy guarded the residence after it was secured following the arrest of Henderson and remained on the scene until an ATF agent relieved her at 9:30am on June 26, 2007

At 11:00am on June 26, 2007, agents from the ATF, assisted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department served the federal search warrant at the residence on Ann Street in Swedeborg. A large number of items were seized that related to the possession of controlled substances. A total of five firearms were also seized.

Additional charges and further information in this case will be handled by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield, Missouri. Daniel Henderson has been transferred from the Pulaski County jail into the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

A white female subject who was at the residence at the time of the first raid was also taken into custody for a 24-hour hold related to the possession of controlled substances. At this time no charges have been filed on her and her identity will not be released.

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Local News / Federal arrest warrant was served
« on: June 26, 2007, 02:35:11 PM »
Press Release

Federal Arrest Warrant Served

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

June 26, 2007

At 0052H on June 26, 2007, a Federal arrest warrant was served at 26587 Ann Street in Swedeborg, Missouri. Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department along with members of the St. Robert JETT team and Troopers from Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol served the warrant.

As a result of the entry into the home the subject who was named in the Federal arrest warrant was taken into custody. Numerous items of evidence were observed in plain view and at this time officers are preparing to seek a Federal search warrant.

This investigation in this case will continue.

Local News / The Sheriff’s saturation
« on: June 26, 2007, 05:03:10 AM »
Press release

Result of Special Saturation patrol

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

June 25, 2007

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department would like to announce the results of a special criminal saturation patrol that was conducted on June 16th in Pulaski County. The Sheriff’s saturation was held on the same night that the Missouri State Highway Patrol held DWI saturation in Pulaski County.

The Sheriff’s Deputies used a variety of tactics during the evening but one of the main goals of the night was to visit a number of locations where suspicious activity had been reported in the past. These visits were conducted with very little success.

The Deputies made a total of 33 traffic stops with one moving citation and numerous warnings for traffic or vehicle equipment violations. One subject was arrested for driving while revoked and a second subject was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The Deputies also located one subject who had an active felony warrant and arrested him.

The Deputies who participated in the operation made the observation that the traffic count in the target area’s of Big Piney and Dixon dropped to a very low level of activity soon after the operation started. The Deputies who took part in the operation were pleased with the result of the operation.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Results of Special Saturation Patrol
« on: June 25, 2007, 08:44:07 PM »
Press release

Result of Special Saturation patrol

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

June 25, 2007

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department would like to announce the results of a special criminal saturation patrol that was conducted on June 16th in Pulaski County. The Sheriff’s saturation was held on the same night that the Missouri State Highway Patrol held DWI saturation in Pulaski County.

The Sheriff’s Deputies used a variety of tactics during the evening but one of the main goals of the night was to visit a number of locations where suspicious activity had been reported in the past. These visits were conducted with very little success.

The Deputies made a total of 33 traffic stops with one moving citation and numerous warnings for traffic or vehicle equipment violations. One subject was arrested for driving while revoked and a second subject was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The Deputies also located one subject who had an active felony warrant and arrested him.

The Deputies who participated in the operation made the observation that the traffic count in the target area’s of Big Piney and Dixon dropped to a very low level of activity soon after the operation started. The Deputies who took part in the operation were pleased with the result of the operation.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: June 24, 2007, 03:05:11 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #26, Week of June 25 to 29, 2007

Welcome aboard one more time. Once again we have had a busy week. I am not sure where to start with the news this week. So I guess we can go to the case number/calls for service update as a starting point. And as of 8:00am on Sunday June 24th that number stands at 3,958. Which means that we picked up 178 cases this past week. What can I say other than business as usual.

On Friday I attended the 25th Judicial Circuit Court En Banc meeting at Rolla. One of the items on the agenda was the issue of security at the Pulaski County Courthouse. The discussion centered around the fact that at this time the Commissioners allow knives with less than a four inch blade into the first and second floor of the courthouse but they are not allowed on the third floor. I voiced my humble opinion that ALL knives need to be banned from the courthouse. I believe the Judges were leaning that direction also so I think there may be some changes in the near future on the issue of bringing a knife into the Pulaski County Courthouse.

While I was in Rolla I had the opportunity to see one of the new Phelps County Sheriff’s Department Dodge Chargers, sporting an advanced (read expensive) LED light bar, drive slowly past me so I could get a real good look at the brand new equipment. All I can say is it must be nice to have a budget and a Law Enforcement Sales Tax to help you do your job as Sheriff. The Phelps County Sheriff’s budget of $4.2 million sort of blows our measly $1.2 million budget right out of the water. We have a lot of critical needs that are not being filled and the passage of time along with the massive growth in Pulaski County indicates that the situation is clearly not working in our favor. We need a massive increase in the amount of money being spent on the Sheriff’s Department to enable us to do our job of service and protection to the citizens of this county. When our budget is cut and our resources are taken away it is YOU the citizens of Pulaski County who pay the end price. You do not get the service that you deserve.

On Thursday the 21st I attended the LANEG board of directors meeting in Lebanon, Missouri. We had our usual session of despair over the cuts in funding to fight the war on drugs and we tried to figure out ways to overcome that lack of funding. The only good news is that the meth lab issue continues to fade away. The statewide registration limits on medications with the critical ingredient to manufacture meth seems to be working just fine.

This past week was also busy in another way, one that I do not think I have ever written about in a column. I refer here to the behind the scenes training that the Sheriff’s Department conducts all the time. This past week we had an overdose of training. On Thursday we had the regular monthly block of training that covers the “book learning” side of the house. I know that in the past I have mentioned the fact that all Missouri POST certified officers must complete an additional 48 hours of training in every three year block of time after they graduate from the Academy. If you fail to do so then you have your peace officer license suspended. Without the license you do not have a job.

On Friday the jail staff had a special block of training on physical control of inmates and several other topics relating to the security and control of the jail population. During the next few weeks the jail staff will have several other sessions along these same lines. Our goal here is to greatly improve the security of the jail.

On Saturday ALL road officers were required to take part in a special four-hour block of instruction on high-risk vehicle stops. We did this training in two identical four-hour blocks of instruction. This training was designed to improve the officer safety aspects of the job. As many of you know from reading the papers lately our local crime trends seem to be moving over to a more violent side of the house. We need to be better prepared for our possible criminal event future so we cooked up this special training.

The four-hour session consisted of a two hours block of “book learning” and proven tactics. We followed this with a two-hour block of practical vehicle stops. We lucked out on this part, it poured rain during the book phase and was dry during the outside work phase. Which was good because we had to do a foot pursuit into the trees and tall grass. And a few of us also ended up on the wet ground. We did try for a measure of realism with the practical stops and I think we did succeed.

On Sunday the 24th several members of the department joined the St. Robert-Waynesville Joint Enforcement Tactical Team better known as the JETT team for SWAT training. As you will remember we have used the JETT team several times in the past two and a half years for heavy-duty enforcement situations. This is another area where you must practice on a regular basis if you intend to succeed when the chips are down.

Most of the training that I have mentioned above was extremely useful and will greatly assist the Deputies in their ability to handle their duties. And on most of the training I was also deliberately vague as to exactly what we covered and what tactics we might use in the future. My thinking here is that while you do need to know that we are training the details are items of information that we do not need to share.

Once again I must remind everyone that we need to see house numbers posted in a very large and prominent fashion if we are going to find your home in an emergency. The same works for the ambulance folks and to a degree the fire department. If your home is on fire and fire department gets to use the smoke as a “go this way” sort of signal. But that does not work for a fall or heart attack situation. So once again POST LARGE NUMBERS because if we cannot find you, then we cannot help you.

It is time to close out for this week and once again I must remind all of you to please drive careful and stay legal. While our inmate jail count has slowly moved back up to the mid sixty level, we do have room for your body at the Inn and the jail light is on. Are you sure you want to visit us?

Pulaski Enquirer / The Back Fence
« on: June 22, 2007, 05:51:13 PM »

The top contenders for the new name are "The Back Fence" and "None of the Above..." .... The none of the above folks need to change their vote if a choice is now displayed :)  (Please)

Restaurant Opinion / New additions to our restaurant guide.
« on: June 20, 2007, 07:31:52 PM »

I have added links to Quiznos and Miller's Grill..

Pulaski Enquirer / Pentagons gay bomb video
« on: June 20, 2007, 06:47:24 PM »
[youtube=425,350]CcJu-rOrRu8[/youtube] Video

Pulaski Enquirer / This will make you laugh
« on: June 20, 2007, 05:47:12 AM »
[youtube=425,350]x3Rw_3ky-uo&NR=1[/youtube] Video

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: June 17, 2007, 07:07:07 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #25, Week of June 18 to 22, 2007

Welcome aboard for one more visit throughout Pulaski County with the Deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. In some respects we had a busy week and in some other area’s we did not have a busy week. The high point of the week was the return to full duty by Sgt. Rex Larson. After a round of introductions and a few remarks along the line of yes I do remember way, way, back when you worked here, we shoved him out the door and told him to go to work. Welcome back REX !! As near as we can tell he is happy to be back and we think he enjoyed his first few shifts of work after his long vacation. However I better point out that Rex may disagree with the use of the word vacation.

We still have a second Deputy who will be out for at least one more month due to a medical issue. We still have one Deputy in the training stage so at this time we are only two Deputies short when it comes to manpower. I hope to see both of these officers on the road soon.

In a second piece of extremely good news I would like to announce that the Grace Covenant Christian Church has once again donated money to the Sheriff’s Department. This past week Pastor Judy gave me a check for $1,500.00. This money has been earmarked for the purchase of two new laptop computers. As Sheriff, I set new desired standards for equipment when I took office. The LED light bars and inmate vehicle cages are basically complete; every car that needs that equipment now has that equipment. We have been working on the radio repeaters for some time now and will soon be able to purchase several of those units because of donations to our department. And we have now taken the first step on the laptop issue. We need the laptops to enable the deputies to work faster and in a much more time efficient fashion. The more time we can save them on reports the more time they can do routine patrol or follow up investigations. I would like to thank the staff and members of the Grace Covenant Christian Church for their beautiful donation.

Our case number and calls for service count stands at 3,780 on Sunday morning the 17th. I had checked the total last Saturday morning and it was 3,532. That means we picked up 248 cases in eight days. With the increase in cases we desperately need to get our Deputy roster back up to full strength.

This past week I sent out a press release that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department would soon engage in a proactive criminal saturation of the county on an unspecified date. I can tell you today that the first date we ran the operation was June 16th on the evening shift. I can also tell you it was mass chaos and we stayed busy. I don’t think we did as well as we hoped with arrests and other statistics that I could quote but we made progress on another front.

As part of our routine operation we receive tips each week about odd or suspicious activity going on at a given address somewhere in the county. People report these details to us and we had complied a list of addresses for a future visit. Well last night Deputies knocked on the door at a bunch of these addresses. The majority of them turned out to be a location that would probably not interest us in the future. A few were earmarked for further attention. Since I got in early this morning and I am now working on the column a few hours later, I do not have a specific report on our activity that I can give at this time. We will get a follow up press release out in the next few days.

At this time I would like to write about a topic that concerns me greatly. Warning! I am going to write about the budget for the Sheriff’s Department. The approved total budget for the year 20007 was set at $1,270,600.00. If you look at the budget you will see that it is in two parts, the Sheriff’s operation, and the jail operation. The Sheriff’s department side of the budget was set at a total of $869,809.00 and the jail side was set at $400,791.00.

These figures are misleading because several items that are included on the Sheriff’s side of the budget should be covered on the jail side of the budget. I refer to the prisoner medical item at $57,500.00 and the prisoner meal budget of $90,000.00. This total of $147,500 should not be placed in the money for the operation of the Sheriff’s Department. This money is clearly spent on matters that pertain to the operation of the jail. If you make the adjustment then the real budget figures for 2007 have a total of $722,309.00 for the Sheriff’s operation and $548,291.00 for the jail side. And this is not exactly accurate because the cost’s associated with the automobile transportation of inmates comes from the Sheriff’s side of the budget.

The bottom line is that we have a budget of $722,309.00 for the entire operation of the Sheriff’s side of the department. Since we have 550 square miles of land in this county and 51,500 people here this is clearly not adequate. For what it is worth the city of St. Robert paid out $800,000.00 in officer salary alone last year. Just the salary from their police budget last year beats my whole operation budget for this year. Anyone see a problem with this?

Before anyone makes the claim that I am cooking the books let us look at the actual expense for the 2006 budget. With prisoner meals and prisoner medical moved over to the jail operation side of the budget our ACTUAL expense for 2006 was as follows. The Sheriff side of the house was $675,281.00 and the jail side was $691,411.00. Does anyone see a problem here?

I am once again reminded of the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department total budget for 2007 of $4.2 million and I think I am going to cry. I need to close out this column so please drive safe and stay legal. The Pulaski County Jail is open and the lights are on. But remember, if you come to visit us, you may be housed at Miller County, Phelps County or the Dixon City Police Jail.

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: New Name for The Smurf Village Thread
« on: June 17, 2007, 02:35:27 PM »
Where is, None of the above? LOL

Local News / Proactive Criminal Patrol Saturation
« on: June 14, 2007, 04:41:42 AM »
Press Release
Proactive Criminal Patrol Saturation
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
June 13, 2007

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department would like to announce that Deputies from the department will take part in special criminal patrol saturation in Pulaski County during the time frame of June 16 to June 23, 2007. This operation will be conducted in several locations around the county and will have Deputies engaged in a number of proactive steps to locate and deter criminal activity throughout Pulaski County.

The operation will include full time Deputies and reserve Deputies along with members of the detective division. The Sheriff’s Department K-9 corps will also be included in this operation. The Deputies involved in this operation will be volunteers for the special operation and the department will also have the normal number of road Deputies on duty at the same time. The exact time and location of this operation will not be announced. If you have questions or comments about this operation you may contact Lt. Thomas C. Pearson of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at 573-774-6196. At the conclusion of this special operation a follow up press release will be issued with the results of the operation.

Religion Opinion / Re: Religions and man
« on: June 14, 2007, 03:21:12 AM »
When creationists continue to reiterate that evolution is not happening, they are perpetuating some serious misunderstandings of the science involved. Either they honestly do not understand how these things work, or they are knowingly misrepresenting them for the laymen, and I don’t know which is worse.

The arguments against evolution – obviously based on the faith that Genesis must be true, lest the Bible loses all relevance – are foolish inasmuch as they have been stated many times, but have all been countered by scientists. Some people of faith purposely elect to disregard these arguments, but hopefully other people are more willing to hear what the true workings of evolution are, as much as we know them at this time.

Among the most foolish ones is the argument that biological complexity cannot increase by way of random changes in DNA. This is completely false, which is quite easily seen, and yet the argument is continually cited in creationist literature (do a google news search for ‘evolution’).

This argument is made leaving out a crucial factor, namely natural selection. The argument goes that random changes (mutations in the genome/DNA) are most likely to have a deleterious effect on the organism, which will therefore die as a result, and no change in the genome will be perpetuated. For every beneficial mutation, there are many deleterious ones, and overall the effect of beneficial mutations will drown in the adverse effects of deleterious mutations. As a consequence, no new variation can evolve.

Or so they say. But this is false, and there are no two ways about it.

The process of acquiring beneficial mutations, many of which will add up in effect to cause a population of organisms to evolve, depends on a second factor – the process of natural selection. Not all the organisms are hit by deleterious mutations. Some are lucky enough to have beneficial mutations – random changes that happen to make them slightly better suited for reproduction. And exactly because they reproduce a little more than average, there will be a higher fraction of organism in the population with that particular change in their genome in the following generations. This is natural selection, and it precisely explains how complexity can increase by the process of random change. Natural selection transforms the random process of mutation into a deterministic process.

The problem in this debate is of course that science claims as its domain anything that the scientific method can be applied to. This means there is an overlap with a literal reading of the Bible (specifically Genesis 1 and 2). Those who have the faith (i.e. a strong belief in God, which can be overcome by no amount of rationality) will of course not let this happen, and only because of this technicality do the creationists object in the first place. Not because they were doing science, which happened to show that evolution does not occur. They got the conclusion first, and have secondly gathered their so-called scientific evidence to arrive at this predetermined conclusion in numerous books and papers, and recently in a creationist museum.

This debate so tedious, there is no denying that. But it will go as with Galileo and the heliocentric system: eventually everybody in their right mind will come around, and this will no longer be something sane people will spend any time debating any more.

Bjorn Ostman

The author has an M.S. in astronomy, an M.A in biology, and us currently working on a Ph.D. in computational biology at Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA.

Religion Opinion / Re: Religions and man
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:55:16 AM »
The book contains multiple implicit and explicit allusions to the story of Jonah, in addition to the use of certain biblical names, therefore topguns point about the Bible and Moby Dick being Fiction, makes some sense. LOL

Thank you for pointing that out. I stand corrected on the books fiction. 

Local News / Re: st robert family robbed by 3 armed men
« on: June 13, 2007, 05:27:01 PM »
Press Release
Home Invasion Case
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
June 12, 2007

On June 8, 2007, shortly after midnight the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was advised that a home invasion robbery had just occurred at 21184 Lapel Road, St. Robert, Missouri. This address is outside the city limits of St. Robert.

Upon arrival at the scene Deputies found that the three victims in the residence had been held at gunpoint while their residence had been searched for money. A total of four suspects had entered the residence. One suspect was reported to be armed with an AR-15 type rifle with a 37mm launcher attached to the weapon. One suspect had a pistol grip 12 gauge pump shotgun.

The Deputies investigating the home invasion robbery were able to develop several good leads as to the identity of the suspects who had entered the residence. The unusual weapons displayed during the robbery matched the description of weapons that had been stolen in another burglary on Laramie Road on May 30, 2007.

A follow up investigation by Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department led to the filing of a statement of probable cause with the Pulaski County Prosecutor for criminal charges on three local subjects.

On June 11, 2007, warrants were issued for three local subjects charging each of them with Burglary first degree and armed criminal action. Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department were successful in locating the three suspects during the afternoon of June 11, 2007, and they were taken into custody. As a result of the arrests additional information was obtained that led to the recovery of the stolen AR-15 rifle with the 37mm launcher and the pistol grip .12 gauge shotgun.

The three subjects arrested were; Tony Ken Knox, age 23, of 18040 Lattice lane, St. Robert, Cody Lee Knox, age 23, 25834 Reggie Drive, Waynesville and Antonio J. Gonzales, age 21, of 25115 Remington Road, Waynesville, Missouri. All three were arraigned in Pulaski County Circuit Court on June 12, 2007, and bond was set at $50,000.00.

The investigation in this case will continue.

Gardening / Re: Ivy
« on: June 13, 2007, 04:18:31 PM »
I have been using straight bleach to kill small trees etc., works good and is much cheaper than round up.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Mi Suk's
« on: June 11, 2007, 03:56:05 PM »
That's Mizekis, Misuks is by the main gate.

is it still next to KFC?

And to date they have yet to use the command vehicles as a command vehicle, even when they droped the ball during the ice storms.

And it still goes unanswered. I was right wasn't I? I will add to that I hear employees get a dollar every year raise at 911, while the police get what?

None the less, what obscene amount of money will 911 get once Lowe's is up and running? Eventually you will all come to understand they have too much money. I don't care who does not like it, it is a fact, and will only get more obscene in the future. Attack my opinion all you want, but someday you will realize I am right. I think they have such a surplus of money that they have equipment, and software they aren't even trained well enough to operate. Please someone prove my suspicions wrong. Your turn. Wheres the global positioning we were promised? It was on its way two years ago, last I heard. I don't mind eating crow, please someone prove me wrong.

I have nothing personal against anyone at 911, for that matter I don't even know anyone at 911 well. It may be unpopular to say what I am saying, but I believe I am right, others agree with me, and I have the cojones to say so.

Business Opinion / Re: Business Quiz
« on: June 09, 2007, 04:04:28 PM »
That is a local myth, and I may add it makes me laugh really hard. They are a group of locals who give out soldier of the month awards, and things like that. I have yet to hear of anything significant they have ever done.

I have lived in this area about 19 years and have been told that if you want to open a business here you have to go through the commity of 50. What is the commity of 50?

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: June 09, 2007, 03:56:26 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #24, Week of June 11 to 15, 2007

Welcome aboard for one more trip around Pulaski County with the Deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. We have had a busy week. On Wednesday our only inmate transport vehicle, a 1996-year model van with 140,000 miles broke down on US 54 in Hickory County. And of course Sgt. Crews had one inmate in the vehicle. He is never empty when he breaks down. So at about 1:30pm I set off for Wheatland, Missouri, to rescue them. I picked them up at the Hickory County Sheriff’s Office. I would like to thank the Deputies at Hickory County, they not only picked up the prisoner and took him to their jail to hold, another deputy stayed with Sgt. Crews and made arrangements for a trusted garage to respond and take possession of our van. This garage then repaired the van as soon as possible and Capt. Cristoffer tells me the cost was right in line with the best we could have done locally.

Anyway back to the story. I took the inmate to the Barton County jail at Lamar. We were only 20 miles from the Kansas Border and gas was $2.98.9 per gallon. We had $3.11.9 here at the time I started the trip. We dropped the inmate off and headed back to Pulaski. We got back here at 9:00pm. Then on Friday I took our new officer out of his daily training mode and went back to Wheatland and we collected the repaired van. What lesson did we learn from all of this? We need another inmate transport vehicle, a lot newer and with many less miles on the odometer.

Our case number/calls for service count as of Saturday morning at 8:30am was 3,532. We picked up 191 cases this past week. Since we still have all of June left this will be a good year. If we just double the case count right now we would be at the same level as last year. So I suspect we will be up at the end of the year.

One of our investigations made the news this past week. I refer to the string of arson fires that we experienced back in March and April in the northern half of Pulaski County. Due to a lot of hard work by our Deputies and the special investigators from the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office we were able to solve several cases. A total of three arson cases and one property damage case have been filed so far in this investigation and we are still at work on several other fires. I would like to once again thank the officers from the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s office for their hard work. They bore the brunt of these investigations and did most of the work. For those of you who would like to know why the answer is simple. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department does not have a full time Deputy who has the special arson training background. So my decision early on in this case was for the Fire Marshall to take the cases and we would assist them in the investigation. My thought was that would give us the maximum chance of solving these crimes. We did not need an unqualified person digging around in the fire debris or asking the wrong questions. I might add that our one qualified reserve Deputy who had the required arson training was hired away from us by the Missouri State Fire Marshall about two months ago. He will be stationed in Jefferson County.

In other news the dispatch count for the month of May is now ready. We had a total of 5,994 telephone calls to dispatch and 1,687 people walked up to the front window with a problem or request. For the record that makes 24,618 telephone calls so far this year and 7,388 people at the front window. In addition the dispatch unit recorded 58 animal calls this month and picked off two more people at the front window who had an active warrant. I think I can safely say the five people we have employed in dispatch earn their meager pay with style and a lot of hard work.

The new Dodge Durango is now in service and I think I have a very happy detective. He can now pack around all of his evidence collection materials in comfort. The car we used to have him in was a fairly new vehicle. We are now in the process of setting it up for a road Deputy. We will then take the car that Deputy had and set it up as a reserve detective unit vehicle. Somewhere down the line of this musical car shuffle one very old car will go to the bone yard to rest forever.

I believe that it is time to report on another vehicle project that we have been working on for some time. Many of you will remember that since I have been in office we have had two major shooting incidents that required SWAT teams on the scene here to resolve the issue. In the 2005 case we were forced to stand in the middle of the road, in the rain, while trying to record notes, draw house sketches, and so forth. It was not very pretty and did not work very well. Capt. Cristoffer and I did an after action review and decided that we needed a mobile command post for such an effort. Then before we knew what hit us we were in the middle of the 2006 shooting incident and we still did not have the command post. We decided after this incident that we had to get on the ball and get something done. Our only option was to use an old ambulance that had been donated to the Sheriff’s Department by the Dixon Ambulance Service many years ago.

The unit was much smaller then we needed and we knew immediately that we would have to do a lot of interior work to make it fit our needs but we are now well into this project. If you drive by the department you will see the unit parked out front. We have it cleaned up and marked for use. We need to replace the light bar that does not work but we just happen to have an oversize LED light bar that Ft. Wood surplus gave us last year and it will fit very well on the ambulance. We could not put this bar on a patrol car because it was too long. But it will fit on the ambulance very well. Our cost to date on this project has been very minor. I would like to have a much bigger unit but we cannot buy one so we will make do with what we have. We have a few more minor pieces of equipment to mount inside the vehicle and we need to turn a full space inside the unit into an empty space so we can mount a small desk there. We already have the equipment that we need in our surplus storage, we just need to get the work done.

When we are finished we will have a mobile command vehicle that we can use at a future shooting, manhunts, lost children searches, major rescue situations, and a host of other events. I think this will be a useful addition to our fleet. We will not use it often but when we do it will be very useful.

Once again I seem to have written my way to a completed column. So I would like to ask all of you to drive safe and stay legal. We do have room for you at the jail and the lights are on!

National News / MIT team claims wireless power demo
« on: June 08, 2007, 04:39:07 AM »
MIT team claims wireless power demo By BRIAN BERGSTEIN, AP Technology Writer

BOSTON - Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers made a 60-watt light bulb glow by sending it energy wirelessly — from a device 7 feet away — potentially heralding a future in which cell phones and other gadgets get juice without having to be plugged in.

The breakthrough, disclosed Thursday in Science Express, the online publication of the journal Science, is being called "WiTricity" by the scientists.

The concept of sending power wirelessly isn't new, but its wide-scale use has been dismissed as inefficient because electromagnetic energy generated by the charging device would radiate in all directions.

One advance was announced last fall, when MIT physics professor Marin Soljacic said he had figured out how to use specially tuned waves. The key is to get the recharging device and the gadget that needs power to resonate at the same frequency — allowing them to efficiently exchange energy.

It's similar to how an opera star can break a wine glass that happens to resonate at the same frequency as her voice. In fact, the concept is so basic in physics that inventor Nikola Tesla sought a century ago to build a huge tower on Long Island that would wirelessly beam power along with communications.

The truly new step, which is what was described in the paper in Science, was that the MIT team carried the concept out. The scientists were able to light up a 60-watt bulb that had "no physical connection" with the power-generating appliance.

"It was quite exciting," Soljacic said. The process is "very reproducible," he added. "We can just go to the lab and do it whenever we want."

The development raises the prospect that we might eliminate some of the clutter of cables in our ever-more electronic world. And if devices can get their power through the air, they might not need batteries and their attendant toxic chemicals.

However, the technology has a ways to go before it becomes practical.

The MIT system is about 40 to 45 percent efficient — meaning that most of the energy from the charging device doesn't make it to the light bulb. Soljacic believes his system needs to get twice as efficient to be on par with charging the chemical batteries in portable gadgets.

Also, the copper coils that transmit the power are about 2 feet wide for now — too big to be feasible for, say, laptops. And the 7-foot range of this wireless handoff could be increased — presumably so that one charging device could automatically power all the gadgets in a room.

Soljacic believes all those improvements are within reach. The next step is to fire up more than just light bulbs, perhaps a Roomba robotic vacuum or a laptop.

Soljacic's team stresses that the "magnetic coupling" process involved in WiTricity is safe on humans and other living things. And in the initial experiments on the light bulb, no harm came to the cell phones, electronic equipment and credit cards in the room — though more research on that is needed.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: June 02, 2007, 11:50:10 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #23, Week of June 4 to 8, 2007

Welcome aboard for one more trip around Pulaski County with the deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. I have had an extremely busy week and I am sure I missed some of our news events this week. But let us start this week with the latest calls for service/case number count and that stands at 3,341 on Saturday morning. It looks like we picked up 195 cases this week. And this is somewhat above what we have been running per week but this also covered the Memorial Day weekend so it probably worked out OK for us.

The past two weeks the Daily Guide has printed several stories relating to a “no parking” issue on Riddle road off Rt. W in the Turkey Ridge area. The issue was discussed in the meetings of the Pulaski County Commission. This has resulted in a number of questions from citizens directed to me for an answer. So I will climb on the teaching podium and fire away on this topic.

As a starting point I was not aware that any no parking zones had ever been established by the Commission. I am well aware of the RSMO (Revised Statutes State of Missouri) that gives the Missouri Department of Transportation the legal right to establish such zones. I do not know of any statute that would give the Commission the right to do so. Now having said that I have to believe that since the county roads must be constructed and maintained by the Commission there MUST be reference paragraph in a statute that would give them the right to establish such a no parking zone. I just do not know that statute number. The Commission had asked the county attorney to research the issue and I am sure we will have an answer soon.

In the meantime the normal rules of the road would apply to Riddle road. That is any vehicle parked must be stopped with the right hand side of the car as close to the right edge of the road as practicable. Since Riddle road is a very narrow road that means the parked car can be partway on the driving surface of the road and still be legal. As long as the car has been placed with its side as close to the edge of the road as “practicable” then they have complied.

Now if the car is simply parked in the middle of the road, or in front of a private driveway or other such positions where it would unreasonably interfere with the access of another person they would be in violation and subject to tow or citation under the normal rules of the road RSMO. If the Commission would establish such a “No Parking Zone” then the vehicle owner would be subject to tow or citation just for the act of parking the car.

I have driven Riddle Road and frankly it is not much of a road. It runs along a large bluff, borders the Gasconade River, and is very curvy and quite narrow. I can understand the frustration of the business owner who must shuttle his customers from a parking lot to the entrance of his restaurant. Since this road also borders a great looking stretch of the river I can also understand the frustration of the people who want to fish and swim over the lack of good parking and the threat of towing. This is a lose/lose case all around this issue. And this is also a case where the final chapter has yet to be recorded. We shall have to wait and see what happens next.

Along the same lines one person’s question to me was, “If you cannot ticket for a no parking zone, can you ticket for speeding on a County road?” And the answer here is yes we can. As a Missouri State Trooper working Pulaski County many years ago I followed this story as it developed and the Commission did set up speed limits for County roads and those speed limits were properly registered with the state and because of that any speed citation issued on a county road will stand up in court as an enforceable legal issue.

We have run radar several times of late on local roads and we intend to complete many more such operations in the next few months. The reason for this is that we have received a ton of complaints about speeding on County Roads. We cannot expect the State Troopers to handle this issue, they are swamped as it is, so we are going to have to step up and work on this issue. And I might add that contrary to the rumor mill the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office does have and has had several radar units in their equipment inventory for a long time. We had the radar units certified a few months ago and they are ready for action. And yes we have been issuing tickets for speeding.

In other good news this week one of the three Deputies who has been on sick leave is now back to work. The other two Deputies believe that their next visit to the Doctor will result in their being released for full duty. Both Deputies think that will happen around the middle of June. I sure hope they are correct because it would mean we would be back to full strength for the first time in several months. I can tell you that working shorthanded around this county is a royal pain in a lower region.

At this time all cars are on the road after repair. The two new vehicles we received from the St. Robert Police are in the process of being set up as a Sheriff’s car. The new Dodge Durango is still waiting for a radio and radio console to arrive. Once that equipment gets here the vehicle will be ready to issue for service. Our General Order policy notebooks are ready for pickup along with the first new policy order. We shall issue one to each officer.

We have fallen behind on the service of civil papers and as I write this column several officers are out serving papers around the county. The state auditors have been in my office several times this past week for question and answer sessions over past actions. They finally got me; they requested my file on a vehicle purchase last year and I cannot find the folder. I have a bad feeling I misfiled it but where? We do not have to panic on this issue the County Clerks office and the bank both have the documents they need.

I believe that I have written my way to another completed column and hopefully you will enjoy what I have written. It is time to ask you to please drive safely and stay legal. We do have room for you and the jail lights are on!

Local News / Press Release
« on: June 02, 2007, 11:49:01 PM »
Press Release

Up Date on Pursuit

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

June 2, 2007

On May 3, 2007, a Pulaski County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Rt. W in the Turkey Ridge area for a traffic violation. The driver avoided the Deputy and fled from the stop. A short pursuit followed for approximately two miles until the driver lost control of his vehicle and overturned off the roadway. Due to his injuries the driver was taken to a hospital. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the accident and issued numerous traffic citations.

The Pulaski County Deputy completed a statement of probable cause and requested a charge of resisting arrest by fleeing. The Pulaski County Prosecutor filed one count of resisting arrest by fleeing, a class D felony, on Shane H. Green, 26899 Raven Lane, Waynesville, Missouri.

On May 26, 2007, at 9:00pm Mr. Green was observed by an off duty Pulaski County Deputy at a business location in Waynesville. The Deputy requested the response of additional officers and Mr. Green was arrested without incident. Green is currently held in the Pulaski County Jail in lieu of a $50,000.00 bond.

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: Old Mallows Market Building
« on: June 01, 2007, 04:45:44 AM »
A friend of mine (James Reink) owns the Garden Center next door, and a year ago he was talking about buying it to expand his business. Not sure that's what's happened, but it's possible.

Are they getting ready to tear it down or something?  I noticed there are barriers set up around it with the yellow police tape.  I'm sure some of you remember when they were in business.  They had the best meat department.  What was the name of the food store, wouldn't call it a supermarket, that used to be down in Waynesville where the tanning spa is now, same location as Westside Cafe but on the other end of the building.  Anybody remember that.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Ryan's
« on: May 30, 2007, 04:53:24 PM »
It was how people paid for things in the horse and buggy days. Watched a film on the history channel about it.

What are these "checks" you speak of?

Local News / Re: Lepard family is having an auction
« on: May 29, 2007, 04:36:58 PM »
Pretty much was a steal for everyone there. I was at rally Saturday.

Rick, how did the auction go?  Missed your smiling face at the food stand this weekend...