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Local News / Re: Election Results
« on: April 04, 2007, 05:28:26 AM »
Remind you of what I meant by lopsided?

OZARK CO LAW ENFORCEMENT TAX -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 YES 778 67% (X)
 NO 390 33%

Local News / Re: Election Results
« on: April 04, 2007, 05:25:01 AM »
OZARK CO LAW ENFORCEMENT TAX -- 100 of 100 precincts reporting
 YES 778 67% (X)
 NO 390 33%

In that case you immediately lay off the officers that were hired, no budget jam in that. With the exception of the officers personal budget.

The main problem with a porn tax, if passed, would not be a dependable source of income.  If they all closed up and left because of it and we hired more deputies based on the tax revenue, we would then be in a jam on the budget.

This explanation was given to me by a Commissioner who has been putting alot of thought into solving the problems that this county faces.  I was impressed by some of his ideas and hope he can get others to support them.

Local News / Re: Election Results
« on: April 04, 2007, 04:59:43 AM »
Crismon was on the Laquey school board for 22 years.

Local News / Re: Election Results
« on: April 04, 2007, 04:54:32 AM »
My error, wasn't paying attention. Was on phone all night and didn't double check, it is fixed now.

I thought I heard on the radio that some of the school boards were electing 2 seats.

Local News / Re: Election Results
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:21:07 AM »
Crismon lost too.

Local News / Re: Look for election results here.
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:18:29 AM »
No comments on the law enforcement tax passing?

Local News / Re: Look for election results here.
« on: April 04, 2007, 02:47:41 AM »
There ya go, law enforcement passed. I could have told you the outcome of the Waynesville School Board. I predicted it exactly.


I am out of town so don't have this information.  On things like the school board elections, can you post who the winners are...I don't know how many are seats up for election...meaning the top two or three vote getters.

Hope that is understandable.  Thanks,

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

Things that make you go HMMMM / Re: Random Musings
« on: April 03, 2007, 04:06:11 PM »

Why is it that more often than not, when I go in a fast food place, my ticket number is 69?

Local News / Re: Teen Party - Alcohol Involved
« on: April 03, 2007, 03:35:35 PM »
Not a rumor. It is under investigation.

Does anyone know anything about a teen party that got out of hand because of alcohol?  This is only rumor so far, but I heard it was in Laquey on the 31st and that at least 2 of the kids wound up in the hospital due to alcohol poisoning.

Local News / Re: Press Release - Child Drowns in Laquey.
« on: April 03, 2007, 03:25:12 AM »
I have been told the mothers name was Holly Hawkins.

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.

JB did not mean to say that the 911 get's half of the county tax collected, 911 tax is collected seperate from countys, he meant they get half what the county gets, dollar wise.

Is $882,000 the entire budget for the PCSD?

Why did I think it was a half cent. I stand corrected. They do make more than that from other departments, right? I thought it was about 1.2 million.

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

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

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

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

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

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Law Enforcement Tax Poll
« on: April 02, 2007, 03:00:38 AM »
The people that are making comments had the same opportunity that those who would not support it do. I don't see the difference, just because they posted a comment. Not trying to be counter productive, or close minded, rather,  open minded. I am also in no way trying to attack your position, I completely understand it.

Rick I didn't say no one else had the opportunity.  Anyone with a computer has the opportunity.  I'm just going by whose making the comments in this particular forum.  Count them yourself.  I'm trying to find a way to help, so don't be so close-minded.

I agree with Gary, I have never heard him not support the Law Enforcement Tax.

I have never said I wouldn't be for it. If a commissioner, I would put it on. I made that clear many, many times. I have NOT back-peddled an ounce. I just disagree with some misinformation. I think it is wrong.

The situation at the Sheriff's Department is a festering boil that needs a skin graft, not a mickey mouse band aid. The Commissioners offer the band aid, yet move slowly toward opening the box.

How can we get their support by saying negative things?

Maybe the point was, "Who has to die before something gets done?

That's a good way to get the commissioner's support....

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Caveman BBQ
« on: April 02, 2007, 01:02:55 AM »
I wouldn't suggest a bat fly in there.

It's an interesting place, but I don't think I will ever go back.  My family went there last Friday, and the food was not very good at all.  Way overpriced for what you get.  When I left I wanted to stop off at McDonalds because I was still hungry.  I go through a few glasses of soda, water, or whatever I'm drinking while eating, but they charge you for refills. 

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Law Enforcement Tax Poll
« on: April 02, 2007, 12:50:10 AM »
So it is your opinion that only law enforcement supporters frequent this site? Wonder why no other form of community member frequents this site? I'd say they do, and I would also think that the poll is no fluke. There is equal access to all sides of the issue on here.

Thanks for the response Yankee Trader.  One question always leads to another, but hopefully it will help all us understand better.  We just had a Fire Dept tax on the  ballot and it did not pass.  I've seen other taxes on the ballots in this area that haven't passed in the past several years.  Why do we think folks will pass a LE tax when they turned the Fire Dept down?  Also, I like the poll we have in here, but in this particular forum it's like asking a hungry man if he wants a steak, you'll get an affirmative answer.  Is there a way to get the local media to perform a more scientific poll that would add more horsepower to the cause?

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: April 01, 2007, 01:32:47 AM »
The Sheriff’s View #14, Week of April 2 to 6, 2007

Welcome aboard one more time. It seems like I have written about a million of these columns in the last two years but I know the total number is only about 116. It just seems like millions. The writing can be hard, especially when you seem to be short on material for the week. But we shall get started and see where we can go with this one.

I just checked with dispatch and the calls for service/case number count stands at 1865. Now that is a number I can relate to in a heartbeat. The civil war had just ended and the westward expansion was about to begin. But this is not a column related to my civil war books so I better not go there. Still 1,865 cases so far for the year is probably a new all time high for the department. I would like to say we will be able to answer all calls this year but that would be a lie. Here in the near future we will have to start placing the minor calls on the back burner while we handle the hot calls. That will not please a lot of people but there is also nothing I can do about that fact.

During the upcoming week the citizens of Richland, Missouri, and Camden County Missouri will be allowed to vote on a Law Enforcement Sales tax issue that will affect their police service. I have not had a chance to talk to the Richland Chief on his issue but Camden County Sheriff John Page and I had a long discussion of his sales tax issue back in February of this year. We had a very long talk. Many of his problems seemed to be very similar to mine on the issue of manpower, equipment, salary and so forth. I was able to tell John he was not the only Sheriff riding in a sinking boat without an adequate lifejacket. In any event I shall watch these elections with interest and I will try to remember to report the results in my next column

During this past week I had a chance to examine the new LED light bars that both the St. Robert City Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have adopted. I would make a crack about them following our lead but they seemed to have trumped our cards. The LED bars that we bought have strobes on all four corners of the bar. Somewhere down the road in six years or so the strobes will need to be replaced at about $75.00 per strobe tube, with four tubes per light bar. I should note that we paid about $1,450 per bar. The units that St. Robert and the MSHP bought are pure LED and they will go for 11.4 years of nonstop operation before the LED’s might start to fail. But they should have paid about $2,000.00 per bar. That is a figure I will need to check. As I said in one column last year, the LED lights are the wave of the future and every police agency is looking for a way to buy them. The overall money savings on the daily car operation are simply too big to pass up. In addition the tremendous increase in safe driving operation is much too hard to ignore.

Last week several of our detectives got together and planned a warrant roundup on some of the old cases that had dust on them or better said the warrants had been inactive for many years. They gathered about one hundred warrants and over the weekend they knocked on every door. Many of the wanted people no longer lived at the listed address so those warrants were updated. They did find and arrest about a dozen people. And so far this week about 5-6 more people who heard they had an old warrant, have dropped by the courthouse to pay the fines and get the warrant cancelled. So I must consider the operation a success. I suspect there will be more such roundups in the near future. If you think you have an active warrant a call to the courthouse may save you a night in jail. A planned surrender with bond money in hand beats an unexpected encounter with an officer when you do not have bond money in your pocket. I usually say that the jail lights are on and you are welcome to visit the jail but the truth is we would just as soon not have your business.

I do have one piece of good news. In last weeks column I announced the resignation of my dispatch supervisor Bruce Main. This week I get to announce a withdrawal of his resignation. We were able to work out a new day off arraignment that will allow him the additional time he needs for his E-bay business. So something worked out this week.

On Thursday of this week I took my ace forensic detective to the state surplus sales building in Jefferson City. Our objective was to see if we could find the little odds and ends needed for the CSI kits the detectives carry and do so at a fraction of the normal cost. We were successful to the point where I thought we would not be able to load everything we purchased in my Dodge. I was forced to tell his wife the next day that he acted like a little kid in the candy store. I almost had to pull him out the door by the scruff of his neck. And even worse he wants to go back with the truck. On the plus side we found a lot of stuff they needed and we paid very little. (I also noted a few office supply items I will need to go back for and save some more money.) When it comes to the evidence collection items you either have then when you get called out to the big case or you do not have them and you may not get the evidence. But the time for supply is before you get the call and that was our main idea.

In checking the word count for this column on the computer I find that I have succeeded in writing another boring column of pure whatever and it is time to close. I will once again repeat my usual closing remarks for this column. Please drive careful and stay legal, the jail lights are on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: First Restaurant in Pulaski county
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:55:25 AM »

Curley's I worked there.

Dairy King

If they served food at the Old Stagecoach Stop, maybe it would be the oldest!
Some old ones I have heard about:  Kings Cafe, Jody's Cafe
Some old I remember: Mr. Quick's, Tastee Grill, Keelings Cafe, Red Kitchen.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marines already covered in tattoos can keep them.

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

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

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


City Government Opinion / Re: Waynesville Nuisance Abatement Board
« on: March 29, 2007, 10:17:40 PM »
Well, I already knew they were here, it is just nice to see more speak up.

Well Rick....I think you have your answer regarding this message boards use for the community and now the knowledge that folks are discussing issues with their elected officials on here.  Congrats!

City Government Opinion / Re: Waynesville Nuisance Abatement Board
« on: March 29, 2007, 09:33:50 PM »
Hey Now! LOL

Be careful, some may think you are nuts for saying that.

I think this forum may have some value added after all.  

City Government Opinion / Re: Waynesville Nuisance Abatement Board
« on: March 29, 2007, 09:01:02 PM »
Ed? Are they ticketing for mold on siding?

Just remember it was the "newspaper" that decided to put it on the front page, there have been others before the board, but the DG thought it would sell more papers by printing "Citizen of the Year" story.   I am also a Councilman, and will gladly sit down, with the Ord, and talk it over with anyone.  If you have some good ideas on how to fix things, give me a call.

Ed Conley, 3rd Ward