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Bruce has been here for years, and has written many things in the old board. Real good guy...
Excellent! Another public official using this forum.

Thanks Bruce. Told you it could be a rumor. That's why I like this site, It fixes rumors.
Just a quick update from the City of Waynesville:The Daily Guide reporter Darrell Maurino informed me of this thread and I just wanted to put some rumors to rest.  The name change of the store does not impact either their TIF or other Tax payments.  We recently refinanced the TIF which was completed in May 2007--in which we were able to reduce our interest rate and make better terms for the City.  At that time we conducted a very extensive legal review of the TIF and fixed any minor problems that we found.  There are no loopholes that would allow a business to get out of paying their fair share of taxes by changing their name.  We have extensive documentation on the TIF at Waynesville Cityhall--which are open to public review.  As part of our TIF refinancing procedure, we held several public hearings which allowed citizens and the other taxing districts to comment and Darrell attended most of those meeting if not all of them.  Hope this answers your questions or concerns. Please contact me at 774-6171 if you have any questions that I have not addressed adequately. Thank you,  Bruce HarrillCity AdministratorCity of Waynesville

Local News / Re: free Rams tickets being sold on here
« on: August 28, 2007, 08:41:52 PM »
Much better.
Well lets see if I can keep this post from being deleated, anyone that has a pair of tickets for the KC & Rams game on thursday that did not pay for them got them for free from MWR. Period. and if your eceived them from MWR and sell them I hope you get caught and smoked, this is a major violation and anyone with any type of VALUES should know better and just plain wrong, I don't care how bad off you are. To me you are just a royal piece of %$%@%&**()*(%^#%*(^(&*%^#%^#%^&^&*^*()^*(*(&))_*($%%^$^#%^%*($%&&^^()^*(&*()&*(.... Have a nice day.   

Local News / Re: free Rams tickets being sold on here
« on: August 28, 2007, 07:47:23 PM »
A lady was in my store today and said she won her tickets in a drawing. In that case I believe it's hers to do with as she pleases.

Business Opinion / Re: Lowes (Home Improvement not Chevrolet)
« on: August 28, 2007, 05:57:24 PM »
It's a Lowes, they have wood... What's there to say? LOL

City Government Opinion / Re: The people next door
« on: August 28, 2007, 04:26:16 PM »
LOL. Reminds me of some tennant I had, told them they need to get trash service after their entire back porch was full of trash, came by next day and they had piled it up in yard, and burned it. The folowing day they had kicked the cans into the woods. Made them clean that up, and told them not to be burning trash on my property anymore. Tenants usually blow me away.

Local News / Child Abuse Case Oglesby
« on: August 28, 2007, 05:10:24 AM »
Press Release Child Abuse Case- Oglesby Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King Aug. 27, 2007 On 08-20-07 members of the Pulaski County Sheriffs Department in cooperation with the 25th Circuit Juvenile office and 25th Circuit Division of Children’s Services responded to a residence on Lament Lane after receiving a request to check the well being of an eight year old female. Upon arrival of the above personnel it was discovered that the child in question was in dire need of medical attention from apparent injuries. The Juvenile Office under the provisions of state statute took the child into protective custody and placed the child in the care of the Children’s Division. The child was transported to Lake Ozark Regional Medical center were she under went a thorough examination which revealed additional medical issues and prompted the attending physician to admit the child to the hospital. On 08-21-07 the child was transferred to Children’s Hospital in St Louis for additional intensive care and testing. This matter is currently under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and staff of the Children’s Division.

It is being looked into, will let you know what I hear. Like I have always said, it may not be true.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 26, 2007, 04:03:06 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #35, Week of Aug. 27 to 31, 2007

Welcome aboard one more time for another trip around Pulaski County with the Deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. I would like to start this week with the calls for service/case number count that now stands at 5,709 on Sunday morning the 26th. Last week it was 5,528 so we gained 181 events this past week.

In last week’s column I had bragged about the fact that our car fleet was not breaking down and so forth. Well shame on me and my big mouth because we got nailed on that brag. Our Patrol vehicles, pardon me, our mobile junk heaps, started dropping like leaves as soon as the column hit print. I think we had six or so cars drop and need repair. So last week was musical car week as the Deputies switched around cars to whoever was working. It was a mess.

You must remember that each Deputy has his mobile office set up in the way he wants his office. By this I mean such things as paperwork, witnesses statement forms, the extra handcuffs, flashlight, and a host of other items. Everybody stores or places them in different locations. So whenever Deputy Smith drives Deputy Brown’s car there is always wasted time as they hunt for what they need. Since we break down so often a lot of the Deputies carry an oversize storage bag and they try to have everything they could use on a shift in that portable bag. This does not always work but it does cut way down on the lost time.

We have other vehicle news this week. I would like to thank the Board of Directors of the Pulaski County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund for their decision to allocate $5,000.00 to the Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of a new jail van. We shall use their $5,000.00 for the down payment and pay the rest out of the Civil Fee Fund next year. This new vehicle comes just in time. The old jail van broke down twice last week. I have said in the column before that it did not make a lot of sense to haul two inmates in a 15-passenger van around the state. A 6-cylinder minivan made a whole lot more sense when it came to gasoline expense and so forth.

In addition to the work needed to secure the down payment from the CLERF fund we also had to advertise for the van and the bank loan rate. We did those requirements as a legal notice in the local paper last week. The bids closed on the 23rd and I can now report the results. We were fortunate to receive a real deal of a bid on a 2005 Ford Wind Star van from Mid-Missouri motors. The vehicle has 24,000 miles. The Bank of Crocker won the rate bid for the loan. We have already started the paperwork on this deal and with a little luck we may be able to pick up the van next Thursday the 30th.

Once we have the new van in our possession we will need a few days to install the inmate protective cage, the radio, and to mark the unit as our prisoner transport van. Our plan will be to use the large van whenever we have a lot of inmates to transport on one trip and to use the small van the rest of the time. The addition of the new van will help us extend the useful life of the large van, which I believe is a 1996 model. This older van has a lot of miles and has broken down frequently.

During this past week our crimes against children Detective worked a child abuse case that led to both parents being charged with child abuse. They are both in the jail and the child is still in the hospital. We had another case where the Custer County Nebraska Sheriff sent us a copy of an active warrant they had and we were able to locate that fugitive on Friday night.

If you are one of the people who listen in to our radio traffic on the scanner you will probably notice that we are having radio problems. Several months ago we were hit by lighting and the old base radio was damaged. We filed an insurance claim and we got our new base radio installed last week. We have experienced radio problems the past few days and I suspect that a little more tune up work will need to be done on the new base unit to reach the maximum potential of the unit.

I had a question from a reader several weeks ago that I could never remember to answer. The question was how do you know if your Missouri concealed weapons certificate will be honored by another state? Where can you locate this information? And the answer is simple. Fire up the Internet and seek out the Pulaski County Missouri Sheriff’s Department website. Once you are there you will see a “links” tab. Click on that and then click on the Missouri Attorney General’s website and look for the big CCW map. Click on that by state and you will have your answers.

I believe that another column week has come to a conclusion and I must close out this column effort. As usual I would like to ask you to please drive careful and to please stay legal. We do have room at the jail but we do not want you. The jail lights are ON!

Local News / Press release fugitive
« on: August 26, 2007, 04:01:51 PM »
Press Release

Fugitive Arrest

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Au. 26, 2007

The evening of Aug. 24, 2007, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a message from the Sheriff’s Office in Custer County Nebraska concerning a wanted fugitive from their jurisdiction who was thought to be in the Pulaski County Missouri area. The Custer County Sheriff provided a copy of the warrant and other information to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s department completed a background investigation and were able to locate a probable place of residence in the “Turkey Ridge” area of rural Pulaski County.

At 10:20pm on Aug. 24th, 2007, Deputies located Luke White at 23375 Highway W., Richland, Missouri. Mr. White was taken into custody without incident and is currently held in the Pulaski County Jail. The Nebraska warrant was for a charge of First Degree Sexual Assault. Bond on the Nebraska charge was set at $50,000.00 cash only.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 26, 2007, 02:18:37 AM »
I do, however, wish you would stay til you die so we can be sure to have one of the good guys in the white hats in that job at least that long.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 26, 2007, 02:11:46 AM »
I had heard a rumor you were not going to run next time. Glad to hear it was your opposition who probably spreads that.

I face a cruel choice, keep my mouth shut about the troubles of the department and risk a surprise meltdown some day OR open up and let everyone know what our problems and needs are in the hope that a fix will be found and the train will continue to run on the tracks. You already know the side I am going to land on. I would remind everyone that it is not "my" department it is your department. I am just the temporary CEO of the department. I said from day #1 that 8 years would most likely be my limit. I see no reason at this time to change that prediction.

        So where do YOU want YOUR department to be in four years? Or six? Or eight?


Considering the source, yes.

So by changing the name periodicly it keeps the store from ever having to pay the city sales tax each time by ten years. If this is true then theres a quite a few thousands of dollars the city should be recieving a year, but wont due to a little loophole. Do you think theres any merit to the rumor?

The TIF?

Tax Incremental Finance generates tax revenue that can only be used to fund infrastructure investment and other eligible projects that will facilitate private development. In Layman's terms, the store does not pay the city the sales tax it collects, it keeps it to pay off the debt it incurred to build the store. So in a sense they duped the city to increase their bottom line at our expense, if in fact this is true. Now remember we had two grocery stores in Waynesville when this started, those store helped build the city. By offering these out of towners this free tax money it put locals out of business.

How does that work?

I was told that when the City of Waynesville signed the papers with Smitty's for the TIF they overlooked a part of it that stated if they were to change the name of the store, then the 10 year TIF starts all over again. If that's true Waynesville will never see tax revenue from that building. Who was responsible for that error? 

As usual this is something I heard and do not know it to be a fact.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Steak and Shake
« on: August 24, 2007, 09:41:26 PM »
They owned the land where blockbuster is now, not seeger.

Isn't it a SHAME they backed out of coming here and instead went to Lebanon, they were going where Seeger Toyota is now its their LOSS

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Steak and Shake
« on: August 24, 2007, 06:30:08 PM »
I love their Chili. If you put their chili in the fridge a layer of grease forms about a half inch thick or more, that's why it is so good.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Salami's Deli
« on: August 24, 2007, 03:48:46 PM »
That can happen anywhere, matter of fact it happens everywhere there are people serving food.. I got a hair in my baked potato at Ruby's a few weeks ago.

I used to love going there....until I found a hair in my food.  I guess that kind of ruined it for me cuz the food is really good.

Local News / Re: Press Release - Shooting Incident
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:59:26 AM »
Follow Up- Shooting Incident 8-19-07

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug. 20, 2007

The suspect in the shooting incident at 25515 Rejoice Drive, Richland, Missouri, has been charged in Pulaski County Circuit Court with one count of Domestic Assault second degree. Loretta D. Jeffries, age 33, of Richland, Missouri, was arraigned by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Colin Long and a $100,000.00 cash only bond was set. At this time Loretta Jeffries remains held in the Pulaski County jail.

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Local News / Press Release - Shooting Incident
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:57:04 AM »
Press Release

Shooting Incident

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug. 20, 2007

At 7:58pm on Aug. 19, 2007, the Pulaski County 911 Communication Center advised the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that they had received a report of a shooting incident at 25567 Rejoice Road, which is located of Missouri Route 7 in rural Pulaski County. The first report was that a female subject had shot her husband with a rifle.

At 8:04pm the first Pulaski County Deputy arrived on scene. He found that there had been a subject shot. The female suspect was taken into custody and the rifle seized. The Pulaski County Ambulance Service transported the victim to the St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon, Missouri. The victim was later sent by helicopter to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

Additional Detective Deputies were called out to deal with the shooting and the crime scene. Detectives responded to the scene of the shooting and to the hospital in Lebanon. The preliminary investigation indicates that the husband was standing in the yard near the road when the wife emerged from the residence with the rifle. One shot was fired and the husband was struck in the abdomen.

At this time the husband is still in the hospital at Springfield. The wife is being held at the Pulaski County jail on a 24-hour hold pending the filing of charges. A statement of probable cause has been sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor citing three violations of Missouri law. They are, domestic assault second, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action. The investigation in this case continues.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: August 20, 2007, 01:14:18 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #34, Week of Aug. 20 to 24, 2007

Welcome aboard one more time. I will do my best to make this an interesting column but after 30 months of doing this column it seems that all I can cover is the SOS (same old stuff) week after week. As a starter for this week the case number/call for service count stands today at 5,528. Last week it was 5,297. So we gained 231 service calls/cases this past week.

This past week we also saw something that had not occurred for several weeks. We had a wrecker in front of the office hooking onto one of our patrol cars for a trip to the garage. The past few months we have been very lucky with our mobile junk piles, I mean patrol vehicles, because they have not broken down very much lately. That may be because Capt. Cristoffer has been sending them in for scheduled maintenance quite often of late. Or maybe we just got lucky.

On Friday the 17th during the afternoon was had a sudden scare when the panic alarm for the third floor main courtroom went off. We knew that court was in session so we sent everyone. In this case everyone in the office consisted of the on duty jail staff member and myself. The radio call went out to WPD, SRPD, and MSHP for immediate backup. Less than 60 seconds after the alarm went off I crashed into the courtroom ready for war and about five seconds later the jailor came in the other set of doors. We found a normal and calm courtroom with testimony in progress. The bailiff immediately checked the courtroom alarm system and we found that the Judge, who was from out of town, had accidentally tripped the alarm. So we retired from the courtroom and canceled the charge by the 7th Cavalry. We will probably have to classify this event somewhere between an Oops! and a well done training session.

But there was also some humor in the moment. As I returned to my office several mean spirited employees of the County just had to make comments like, “You sure do move fast for a old guy”. And “Glad to see you made it to the top of the stairs without a heart attack”. But I think the best one came from the custodian who yelled across the main foyer, “Hey JB, the courtroom alarms work!” On second thought I do not believe that I can call these employees mean spirited that might not be too accurate considering how hard they were laughing.

In the past on several occasions I have used comments from readers of this column as an idea for material in another column. On the 15th I had a discussion with a reader who was trying to place the proposed law enforcement sales tax/ work needed idea into some kind of order that made sense to him. After twenty minutes of discussion we had reached a point where he said something to the effect of what is happening today that would show that you need help? And thus a day in the life of the PCSD, 8-15-07, became a column idea.

As Aug. 14th turned into the 15th, we were left with one Deputy on Duty to answer calls. Around 0200H he was sent to a prowler call off Cave Road near Dixon. A homeowner reported someone in his yard messing with his vehicles. As the Deputy searched the area he initially found nothing but he was still looking when he was given another serious call. A party was attempting to kick in a door to a residence on Rt. Y. This was a continuation of a domestic violence call that had first occurred during the evening of the 14th. The Deputy abandoned the prowler call and responded to the residence on Rt. Y.

When the Deputy arrived on Rt. Y the bad guy was apparently gone. Between searching for the bad guy and trying to calm the frightened female homeowner the deputy was still on this scene at 0305H when he was given a return call back to the residence on Cave Road where that homeowner was now reporting that he had just been stabbed. The Deputy returned to the scene and found that the person had indeed been slashed with a knife. Our lone full time Detective was called out for this crime and one additional Deputy (who lives in the Dixon area) was called out on his day off to assist with the search. By 0630H it was oblivious that the search had failed and the off duty Deputy returned home with several more comp hours added to his comp totals. The Detective continued to investigate. The midnight Deputy went home at the end of his shift but he got off late so he added comp time to the books.

We had two Deputies scheduled to work at 0800H on the 15th. The first Deputy on the air was a female Deputy who was immediately sent to the Ft. Wood Hospital to guard a female jail inmate who had been admitted to that hospital. The Deputy replaced a jail staff member who had been guarding the inmate. The jail member was also on overtime since he was supposed to have been off at midnight. The female deputy would remain with the inmate until 1800H on the 15th. Thus she also added hours to her comp total.

The other Deputy on regular duty, the only road officer on duty, got his legs run off all day as call after call came in to our office. We ended up using our detective to answer routine calls, when he should have been working on the knife wound case, and we drafted the evidence room/ crimes against children Deputy who was supposed to be working on a child case to answer calls. We also used Capt. Cristoffer and myself to answer calls. Or at least I could answer calls after I finished with a tour of the third floor as a bailiff in the courtroom. Capt. Cristoffer was supposed to be updating the sex offender registry on the 15th. I was supposed to be working on a grant. Neither job was completed on the 15th.

Meanwhile our regular transport Deputy had taken several days off due to a death in the family. Since law day in circuit court had been completed we found ourselves with about seven inmates who needed to be taken to the Department of Corrections to begin their prison sentence. And we had several others we needed to pick up around the state. We pulled in a road Deputy on her day off to make the prison run and we found a reserve Deputy who would accompany her on the trip. They started at 0700H and finished about 1900H. Since the full time Deputy was working on her regular day off she added more comp time to her total. Or she would require a change of schedule on a future day, which usually means we short that shift on manpower.

Meanwhile at 1800H the Deputy at the Ft. Wood Hospital was replaced with a member of the jail staff reserve who worked a few hours until another reserve deputy could be located to come in and take over. The evening shift went well and the only two Deputies on duty were able handle the workflow. They were late on most calls because as soon as they arrived on one scene they were given another call to another scene. Thus they worked fast and hopefully did not fail to get some vital information because it would probably be days before they could return to that scene again.

As the 15th turned into the 16th we once again had only one Deputy on the midnight shift and the guard detail at the Ft. Wood Hospital was still in progress. That guard detail would not end until the afternoon of the 18th. We actually felt pretty lucky on this one because we usually have to send the guard to the lake hospital or Lebanon or Rolla. It was unusual to have a guard detail at the nearby Ft. Wood Hospital. With only five staff members to work the jail, anytime one is called off the job here another works comp time. With only eleven road Deputies available for call on a 24/7/365 routine the comp time builds up whenever we get pressed for working bodies.

And there you have the 15th of August 2007. One whole day of thrills and chills. We did not get one scheduled job completed, we did nothing proactive about drugs or crime, we simply reacted to the jobs that had to be done now. We added a lot of comp time to the books and we used our reserve force to the best of our ability. The one bright spot was that we got lucky on the number of reserve people who could come in and work for free that day. It does not always go that way. The reserves do have their own full time jobs and families that need them. We cannot count on having a reserve available exactly when we need them.

I am way over on words for this week and I need to close. I hope you did enjoy this column, please drive safe and stay legal. The jail lights are on!

Local News / Re: Press Release, asphalt company problems.
« on: August 17, 2007, 06:06:16 PM »
Had these type people visit my house 2 years ago. Was a good deal but they made it sound like they would do my whole driveway for like 2200, then he said how many feet that 2200 paid for, and I replied that my drive was twice that long. They know exactly how long your drive is when they drive up it. When they say pave your driveway, they mean part of it.

Local News / Press Release, asphalt company problems.
« on: August 17, 2007, 06:02:35 PM »
Press Release

Consumer Alert

Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King

Aug.17, 2007

During the past 48 hours the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has received a number of complaints from citizens here in Pulaski County about a group of individuals who are doing asphalt-paving jobs in the County. These individuals are not from Pulaski County or any of our surrounding counties.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s department has investigated a number of these complaints and at this time we see a pattern of operation common to all of the complaints. First the individuals approach a homeowner and inquire about any plans the homeowner may have for future driveway paving. Then they mention that they just finished another job nearby and they just happen to have a lot of asphalt left over and they can cut the homeowner a real deal on paving his driveway. Second they get the homeowner to sign some type of work order or contract and they usually ask for money up front before they start the job.

Then as the job progresses they encounter “problems” or they need much more asphalt etc. and the price for completion of the job goes up. So far on most of the complaints the price has at least doubled. One homeowner contracted for a $6,000.00 job that finished out at $13,000.00.

At this time the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department does not see any specific law violations that are involved in these job operations. Because the homeowner has entered into some type of agreement or contract with these people any issue that develops would be civil in nature and would not be covered under criminal law.

However we would like to see our citizens protected from threats of lawsuits for nonpayment or other legal issues and we offer the following advice. If you are approached about a driveway paving operation we strongly suggest that you get a second estimate from a local area paving company. Second we would like to remind everyone one of the old saying that if the deal seems to good to be true, then there is probably something wrong.

If any individuals should happen to approach you about a possible paving contract and they begin to use high-pressure tactics or otherwise cause you alarm, please call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and we will send a Deputy out to check on the situation.

Military Opinion / Re: Party Cove Off Limits to Military Personnel
« on: August 17, 2007, 05:52:03 PM »
If the president would put Iraq off limits, now that would really save some lives. I just think party cove wasn't the reasons soldiers died, that could have happened anywhere.

Military Opinion / Re: Party Cove Off Limits to Military Personnel
« on: August 17, 2007, 04:52:05 PM »
Sorry, I will try and be nicer.

shame on you there are rules when your in the military you need to go by. they only do this for the safty of their men and women. when your out of the military go where you want do as you want but when your in do as your told. and they don't place off limits unless there is good reson to.

Local News / Re: critical injuries
« on: August 17, 2007, 04:31:41 PM »
Any lawyer would have a good day with him on the stand.

Dam i am getting old. I read the offical MHP report and did not see where white100's witness statement was. Don't ya hate it when it gets like that!

Military Opinion / Re: Party Cove Off Limits to Military Personnel
« on: August 17, 2007, 04:18:57 PM »
Another reminder to the soldier that the top brass will decide what you do for you.

Local News / Re: critical injuries
« on: August 17, 2007, 01:31:40 PM »
I don't think they are allowed to run out into a cars path. Anyone could be driving down the road, and someone could jump out in front of them. If it happens to you and you can't avoid them, should you be charged with a crime? Had the driver been impaired, I think that would change things. I think the question would be, "Did he intentionally try and run the man over?" I think we know the answer to that.

Isn't there a written law somewhere that says "Pedestrian's have the right-of-way?"

Local News / Re: Crocker THINKS it has pull....NOT!
« on: August 17, 2007, 03:30:16 AM »
But either way they get their bridge, they just want to lessen the pain. Trust me I know the pain, Missouri Avenue cost me dearly.

According to the article, Crocker city fathers have some concerns and one is the Ft Wood to Lake of the the Ozarks traffic.  Come on folks think ahead. If MODOT spends the money for new bridges subsequently improving the road way north & south of the bridges, there's a real good chance of Hwy 17 becoming an improved North - South corridor and more traffic through their city, more traffic, more business, more sales tax.  Definitely inconvenient for a time but lets think long term.
Just my humble opinion.

Local News / Re: critical injuries
« on: August 17, 2007, 02:59:23 AM »
It's an embarrasment that the bad guys don't appreciate that. Makes you wonder what you are fighting for.

Good thing that people can see the 10,000% improvement in the department, it's operations and legality!