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Candidate court records range from mundane tickets to detailed restraining orders PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2014) — Court records, both criminal and civil, are public information. A review of the court records for the candidates running in contested races next week Tuesday revealed a wide variety of data, some mundane and some much less so. While no Democrats running for countywide office have contested raced next week, two Republicans are running for treasurer, five are running for presiding commissioner, two Republicans are seeking to replace incumbent Democrat Associate Circuit Judge Ronda Cortesini, and three Republicans are seeking to replace incumbent Democrat Assessor Kim Skaggs-Henson. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Crocker school officials cut the ceremonial ribbon on Saturday.
Crocker school cuts ribbon Saturday on FEMA storm shelter CROCKER, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2014) — It’s built to withstand tornado winds of up to 250 mph, and when it’s not being used as a storm shelter, it will handle waves of hungry students coming for lunch. Welcome to the new Crocker school cafeteria, built with $776,000 of Federal Emergency Management Agency funds and adding local funds for a $2 million building project that includes not only a storm shelter/cafeteria but also a music room, kitchen, locker rooms and gym upgrades. “All this project was done without a tax increase,” Crocker R-II School Board President Kris York said at a Saturday open-house for the project. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Richland woman among dozen nabbed in Laclede County drug busts RICHLAND, Mo. (July 31, 2014) — A Richland woman, Cristie L. Heath, 35, was among more than a dozen people arrested this week in Laclede County on drug-related charges as part of an ongoing investigation announced today by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Heath has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and her bond has been set at $25,000. According to state troopers, “Over the course of approximately 12 months, overt and covert operatives with LANEG and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were able to conduct a series of narcotic investigations involving the possession, distribution/sales of methamphetamine, marijuana, morphine, and prescription medications” involving “nearly 13 loosely affiliated individuals in and around Laclede County. Warrants for each defendant (multiple counts on many) were obtained through the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prior to this mass arrest operation.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
'Field of Heroes' will fill Waynesville Park with 400 flags to benefit YMCA WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — During three days in July, 400 flags will fly in the Waynesville City Park in downtown Waynesville as part of a “Field of Heroes” event commemorating military personnel on active duty, veterans, fallen soldiers, police officers, EMTs, or relatives chosen by people who select a flag to sponsor. Organized by the Fort Leonard Wood chapter of the Armed Services YMCA, the flags will be displayed from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25, to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, with “all proper flag etiquette (being) rendered, including having the field properly lit at night.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Big Piney boat wreck hurts three, one seriously, late Saturday evening CROCKER, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — A Saturday evening boat wreck on the Big Piney River injured three people. According to Missouri State Water Patrol reports, Mark J. Wagoner, 23, of St. Louis, suffered serious injuries after the jon boat in which he was riding traveled westward downstream, hit several large rocks about 6:40 p.m., and he was ejected into the water along with Katrina M. Connour, 22, and Tozh R. Smith, 28, both of Crocker. Smith, who was operating the boat, had moderate injuries; and Connour, who along with Wagoner was a passenger, had minor injuries. Also on Sunday, Waynesville firefighters responded to a crash on Interstate 44 at mile marker 167 with two semi trucks involved which partially blocked one eastbound lane but caused no injuries. In unrelated Sunday incidents, state troopers arrested two people, Donald E. Brown, 52, of Laquey, and Daniel S. Woods, 39, of St. Robert, on charges including drunk driving. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Sewer District will begin smoke testing to cut costs by identifying sewer leaks WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — Pulaski County Sewer District personnel will begin smoke testing on Tuesday, June 24, in the Southside Road-Hunters Point area and will continue each week through the month of June and July. Smoke testing is a method used by utility crews to identify places where an underground pipe has not been sealed properly, or where improper connections have been made to a utility line. That's especially important because of recent changes in federal EPA rules which require sewage systems to treat all discharge, even during high-volume periods caused by rainfall. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Emergency personnel responded early Saturday to downed power lines on Route 66 by Waynesville Middle School
Downed power lines, trailer fire lead to firefighter response twice on Saturday WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — Waynesville firefighters responded twice today to separate calls, one involving downed power lines early in the morning on a major street and the other involving a late-night fire call to a previously burned trailer in rural Pulaski County. The power line call came at 5:13 a.m. when Waynesville police and firefighters, as well as Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies and Pulaski County Ambulance district personnel, responded to what was later determined to be a non-injury crash in front of Waynesville Middle School on Historic Route 66 when a vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Later in the evening, firefighters responded to Happy Drive at 6:43 p.m. and found “a fully involved mobile home burning that was vacant from a previous fire.” Firefighters extinguished the blaze and returned to their station at 9:01 p.m. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
State Rep. Steve Lynch fields questions from local Republicans on illegal immigration.
Lynch questioned on Missouri's response to illegal immigration of Central American children PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — When speaking to local audiences, State Rep. Steve Lynch typically fields questions about state-level issues. However, at Saturday’s meeting of the Pulaski County Republican Women’s Club, several questioners asked him what plans Missouri has in place to cope with a possible influx of Central American children. Those children, who in some cases are seeking refugee status but often are being considered illegal immigrants, are being moved from overwhelmed immigration facilities in Texas to other states such as California, and sometimes are being housed on military installations. With the Missouri legislature out of session, there’s not much lawmakers can do, Lynch said, and any action is likely to fall to Gov. Jay Nixon as head of the state’s executive branch. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
New transportation sales tax would add more than $80,000 for area cities PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — When voters go to the polls in August, in addition to candidates for state and county office, they’ll find Constitutional Amendment No. 7 on the ballot, which would authorize a change in the state’s system of road funding to add a 3/4-cent sales tax to the existing per-gallon gas tax. The ballot language says the new sales tax, which will expire in 10 years is expected to generate $480 million annually for the state and $54 million for local governments. According to statistics prepared by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, the proposed sales tax would generate more than $80,000, ranging from $7,614 and $33,156 per year for each of the four Pulaski County cities which are MRPC members. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Probate Judge candidates explain why they're seeking Republican nomination PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — Members of the Pulaski County Republican Women’s Club heard quite different presentations during their Saturday morning meeting at PriceCutter’s Restaurant when former Pulaski County Prosecutor Mike Headrick and current Pulaski County Assistant Prosecutor Dean Matthews asked for their votes for the associate circuit judge, probate division. Headrick and Matthews are both seeking the Republican nomination in the August primary. The winning candidate will run against incumbent Associate Circuit Judge Ronda Cortesini, a Democrat who was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to fill the vacancy of Greg Warren, who Nixon had previously elevated from Associate Circuit Judge to Circuit Judge after Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield was elevated to the Court of Appeals. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Richland man moderately hurt in wreck RICHLAND, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — A Friday afternoon crash in Miller County near Route U moderately injured a Richland man, Carl H. Hitt, 51, while totaling the pickup in which he was a passenger. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Jeremy J. Olmstead, 31, of Stoutland, had been driving a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup eastbound on Bentown Road three miles east of Route U at 1:20 p.m. when he lost control on a gravel road, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree, but suffered only minor injuries. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
State patrol announces school bus inspection reports for area districts PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — When children get on school buses, they and their parents expect the bus will get them to school without breaking down. That doesn’t always happen, however. To reduce the number of unsafe and defective buses on the road, Missouri State Highway Patrol inspectors conduct an annual bus inspection which approved 84.7 percent of Missouri’s 11,997 school buses on initial inspection and an additional 11.9 percent had minor defects. Statewide, however, 405 buses were placed out-of-service upon initial inspection, including one bus each in the Dixon R-I, Crocker R-II, Swedeborg R-III, and Laquey R-V districts, as well as two in the Waynesville R-VI School District. Only the Richland R-IV School District avoided having any buses placed out of service. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Tri-County firefighters assist state troopers with a rollover wreck following a Thursday night car chase. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Darling Williams)
Multi-county car chase leads to one arrest; one man still being sought RICHLAND, Mo. (June 20, 2014) — One woman is under arrest, one car was totaled, and one fugitive is on the loose following a wild police chase Thursday night through multiple counties at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The chase ended in Richland after Ashley L. Suggett, 28, of Jefferson City totaled her car but suffered only minor injuries at the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 133. Sheriff Ron Long said Suggett is now in the Pulaski County Jail pending multiple felony charges. However, Vernon Dale Parker, Jr., 32, is still at large. He is wanted for fleeing law enforcement last night, and for multiple additional felonies. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
The Pulaski County Courthouse was one of many downtown businesses affected by Thursday's power outage.
Thursday's electric outage hit more than courthouse square, officials say WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 20, 2014) — A downtown power outage which shut down the courthouse Thursday and knocked out power to numerous businesses was initially reported as mostly affecting the downtown square, but according to electric superintendent Toby Hill, it was considerably more widespread and likely affected 200 to 250 customers. Most but not all of those affected were businesses, ranging from Lost in the Wood Antiques on the west end of downtown all the way east up Frog Hill to Piney Ridge Center, the Waynesville R-VI School District transportation department, and East Elementary School, and as far north on Highway 17 as Beasley’s Heating and Cooling. The downtown square and residential areas to the south were also hit as far as Hospital Road and Fort Street. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
A soldier steps through a breached, double-reinforced concrete wall during a demonstration of wall-breaching technology. (Photo by Army Public Affairs)
Break Down Those Walls! Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood helps develop new way to demolish walls PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (June 19, 2014) — Army engineers are improving the ability of soldiers to create a man-size hole through a variety of walls to press the offensive. A demonstration of the scalable/selectable breacher wall-breaching capability in early development was successfully conducted May 7 at Fort Polk, La. The testing is part of the Army's science and technology program. Development of the wall-breaching capability is a collaboration between engineers with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, and with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the research arm of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "This solution can be tailored for various types of walls, and uses our current explosive and initiating systems," said James Rowan, Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood. "We saw demos on double reinforced concrete walls, triple brick walls, and standard CMU walls... All demos were very successful and the live results were almost exactly as depicted in the computer simulations and numerical models." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Timothy Rider, Army Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Martin R. Delaney III
Committee of Fifty to honor Staff Sgt. Martin R. Delaney III, NCO of the year FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 19, 2014) — Next week’s meeting of the Committee of Fifty, a civilian organization supporting Fort Leonard Wood, will include honors for Staff Sgt. Martin R. Delaney III, the organization’s June honoree who is the post’s 2014 noncommissioned officer of the year. A military policeman who enlisted in the Army in 2007, Delaney is back at Fort Leonard Wood for his first permanent duty assignment since coming to the post a half-dozen years ago for one-station unit training as an MP. He’s currently assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) of the 14th Military Police Brigade. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Former Richland assistant girls' basketball coach pleads guilty after sexual incident with student-athlete RICHLAND, Mo. (June 19, 2014) — Most people taking a plea bargain plead guilty to lesser charges. However, for former Richland High School assistant girls’ basketball coach Trevor Franklin, 27, of Stoutland, his plea agreement with the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office included an upgrade of charges from a Class D felony of sexual misconduct with a student to a Class C felony of first-degree child welfare endangerment. Even though the amended charges to which Franklin pleaded guilty on Monday don’t specifically cite his sexual activities as a coach, he’ll be required to permanently surrender his teaching license and complete outpatient sex offender counseling. He is also barred during the five-year term of his probation from contacting the former student-athlete with whom he had relations and is barred from school grounds or unsupervised contact with children other than his own. If Franklin complies with the terms of his probation, he will have only 10 days in jail and won’t face prison time other than 90 days shock time at the discretion of his probation officer. However, the consequences are much worse with the upgraded felony charge if he violates his probation terms — seven years instead of four years in state prison. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Hit-and-run hurts one north of Road Ranger SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (June 4, 2014) — A hit-and-run crash on Highway 28 about two miles north of the Road Ranger truck stop at Exit 163 caused minor injuries to a Richland woman and minor damage to her pickup. State troopers reported that James E. Holley, 54, of Richland, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup eastbound on Highway 28 when an unknown SUV driving westbound crossed the centerline at 10:15 a.m., struck the pickup’s mirror, and left the scene. Holley was not hurt but his passenger, Donetta H. Scott, 52, also of Richland, suffered minor injuries. In an unrelated incident, Roy R. Pietrzak, 30, of Dixon, was arrested Wednesday by state troopers on drug charges. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais, 28th chief of Chemical and U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School commandant stands before the formation during the assumption of commandancy ceremony. (Photo by Army Public Affairs)
County plans Saturday ceremonial reopening of Devil's Elbow Bridge on Route 66 PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — County Commissioners have scheduled a ceremonial reopening at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday for the historic Devil’s Elbow Bridge on Route 66, which after a major refurbishing project opened earlier than expected and stayed on budget. Area resident Bill Debo suggested to the commissioners that classic cars from the 1920s and 1930s be the first vehicles across the Devil's Elbow Bridge after the ceremonial reopening. “We need to all dress up like gangsters in 1930s clothes,” said Eastern District Commissioner Lynn Sharp. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
State Rep. Steve Lynch and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer honor Dallas Ernst and Matthew Howell.
Dallas Ernst and Matthew Howell receive Congressional Award WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — State Rep. Steve Lynch announced today that on Saturday, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer hosted the Congressional Award ceremony in the Missouri State Capitol rotunda recognizing 21 of the 30 young Missouri recipients of the award. Two Waynesville residents, Dallas Ernst and Matthew Howell, received the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal, respectively. Both recently graduated from Waynesville High School and are being honored for their volunteerism, leadership, and personal development. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
San Antonio man wrecks motorcycle east of Fort Leonard Wood PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — A San Antonio man suffered only minor injuries in a Sunday afternoon wreck that extensively damaged his motorcycle. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Andrew J. Sauceda, 27, had been riding a 2011 Harley Davidson XL1200N northbound on Highway J about 2-1/2 miles south of Interstate 44 when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway, and was thrown from the motorcycle. In unrelated arrests, Joshua S. Jeffries, 42, of Richland, Jon D. Olinger, 44, of Plato, and Daniel E. Shadden, 31, of Carthage, were arrested during the weekend on charges including drunk driving. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville schools announce new principals, program directors The Waynesville R-VI School District has announced several personnel changes for the 2014-15 school year, including Dr. Traci Pattison as the director of career and technical/adult education and John Smith as assistant director of career and technical/adult education at the Waynesville Career Center, Hilary Bales transferring from East Elementary principal to the director of special services position now held by Smith, Dr. George Lauritson transferring from principal of Partridge Elementary to principal of East Elementary, and Renee Hays transferring from principal of Thayer Elementary to principal of Partridge Elementary. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Hartzler keynotes Republican Lincoln Day Dinner PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (April 26, 2014) — U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler gave the keynote speech Saturday for the Pulaski County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, an event which kicks off the campaign season for local candidates by giving them a platform to present their views and goals. “I love this county and I love the people here, looking around this room,” Hartzler said. “We have so many great county officeholders, in some counties there aren’t a lot of Republicans in office, but here it takes a while for Pat (Campbell, head of the Republican Central Committee) to introduce everyone.” Hartzler said Republican values are key to the party’s success. “The Republican Party is the party to lead the way because the Republican Party is the party of faith, freedom, family and free enterprise,” Hartzler said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Republican candidates for county and state office outline platforms PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (April 26, 2014) — Most Republican candidates in the August primary election spoke at the Lincoln Day Dinner in The Barn south of Dixon on Saturday night, following a keynote speech by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler. First among the presenters was State Sen. Dan Brown from Rolla, whose district includes Pulaski County, followed by State Reps. Steve Lynch and Keith Frederick; Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk and his challengers Don Mayhew, Jim Skaggs, and Kenny Zeigenbein; Treasurer Sue Rapone and her challenger Pam Cox; County Assessor candidates Dan Whittle and Larry Southard seeking to replace incumbent Democrat Assessor Kim Skaggs-Henson; Associate Circuit Judge Probate Division candidates Mike Headrick and Dean Matthews who are seeking to replace incumbent Democrat Judge Ronda Cortesini; Associate Circuit Judge Magistrate Division candidate Jeff Thomas who is seeking to replace incumbent Democrat Judge Colin Long; Circuit Court Clerk candidate Adrienne Echelberry who is seeking to replace incumbent Democrat Rachelle Beasley; and incumbent Prosecutor Kevin Hillman who is being challenged by Democrat Wayne Gifford. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Billie Jean Roam (Aug. 28, 1920 - June 17, 2014), 93, formerly of Waynesville (June 19, 2014) — Billie Jean (Wilson) Scrivener Roam, daughter of the late Elmer Eli and Maude Elizabeth (Cannon) Wilson, was born Aug. 28, 1920 in Manes. She taught school for several years throughout Wright County and in 1942, began working on Fort Leonard Wood for AAFES and retired after 30 years of service. She managed two service clubs: Soto Service Club and Walker Service Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Elvin Scrivener, in 1965, then married Joe Ed Roam who preceded her in death in 1987. Survivors include two children, Janice “Jann” Dye (Ronnie) of Waynesville, and James “Randy” Scrivener (Carol) of Franklin, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Holly Buchanan, Brett Scrivener (Suzanna) and Jon Dye (Kristin); five great grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Mary Alma Sheehan
Mary Alma Sheehan (Aug. 16, 1928 - June 13, 2014), 84 (June 19, 2014) — Mary Alma Sheehan, daughter of the late Charles Clayton and Cora Belle (Sidebottom) Duncan, was born Aug. 16, 1928 in Louisville, Ky., where she grew up and graduated from high school. She married John Ernest Sheehan in Louisville, who survives, and had with five children, Patricia, Donna, Charles, Jackie and Bennie. In 1962, Mary and the family moved to the Fort Leonard Wood area due to John being in the military. They lived in this area since then except for some time spent overseas for assignments. She worked for many years at the Fort Leonard Wood hospital in the treasurer department and retired in 1992. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Charlsie Hickey (Feb. 21, 1912 - June 3, 2014) DIXON, Mo. (June 3, 2014) — Charlsie Hickey, of Dixon, was born on Feb. 21, 1912, at Iberia, a daughter of Walter Marshall and Lefta (Morrow) Jones, and departed this life at 4 a.m., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at her residence in Dixon. Mrs. Hickey had attained the age of 102 years, 3 months, and 12 days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ora Myrl Hickey. She had worked for Cotters Pharmacy in Springfield for 22 years, retiring in 1969. Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Hickey at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Chapel, Dixon. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Kay Hinze (July 16, 1927 - May 13, 2014) CROCKER, Mo. (June 3, 2014) — Kay Hinze, formerly of Crocker, daughter of the late Shinichiro Sugie and Kie Saito Sugie, was born July 16, 1927 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan where she grew up and attended school. On May 24, 1951, Kay was united in marriage to a United States Army soldier, William Louis Hinze in Sapporo, Japan. They shared over 50 years of marriage together before he preceded her in death on December 15, 2002. Kay and William were blessed with four children: Marie, Karen, William and Linda. In 1965 she began working for Fort Leonard Wood Billeting, retiring in 1998 after 33 years of faithful service. Kay passed away May 13, 2014 in her daughter’s home in Aurora, Colorado having attained the age of 86 years. Services were held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Margaret “Peggy” Walters
Margaret Peggy Walters (April 6, 1944 - June 2, 2014) WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 3, 2014) — Margaret “Peggy” Walters, daughter of the late Louis Henry and Joan Caroline (Baumbauer) DeWitt, was born April 6, 1944 in Wabash, Indiana. She went home to be with her Lord Monday, June 2, 2014 in the Life Care Center of Waynesville, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald “Ronnie” Dean Walters, and had worked 22 years at the Pulaski County Courthouse retiring as a clerk to Judge Colin Long. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Margie Lou Steen
Margie Steen (April 29, 1941 - May 31, 2014) CROCKER, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — Margie Lou Steen, 73, of Crocker, was born April 29, 1941, in Dixon, a daughter of George and Dorothy (Mitchell) Green, and departed this life Saturday, May 31, 2014, at her residence in Crocker. Margie was first united in marriage to Roger York, who preceded her in death. She later married Wayne Steen who also preceded her in death. Margie worked for nearly 30 years at Brown Shoe Company in Dixon and later for Delano Oil Company in Crocker. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Mary DeTie (Sept. 18, 1947 - Feb. 4, 2014) DIXON, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — Mary (Watson) DeTie, 66, of Redlands, Calif., passed away peacefully at her home on February 4, 2014. She was born in 1947, the daughter of Leslie and Genevieve Watson, who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne and brother, Bill Watson. Following her husband’s death, Mary moved to Redlands to be near her brother Bob. Graveside funeral services will be held for Mary at noon on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in the Dixon Cemetery Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Blunt glad Supreme Court restricted EPA's greenhouse gas rules U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling restricting greenhouse gas regulations: “The Obama Administration’s continued attempts to wage a war on American consumers will hurt low and middle-income families in states like Missouri the most. The Supreme Court’s move to limit the EPA’s overreach is a step in the right direction. I’ll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the Obama Administration’s job-destroying energy policies, which are especially harmful for the families who are struggling to make ends meet.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
McCaskill issues new statement on Veterans Administration whistleblower retaliation WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2014) — Sen. Claire McCaskill, chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, today issued the following statement after the Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) announcement of whistleblower reports of abuses of patient care at 10 Veterans Affairs facilities that were allegedly covered up by VA officials: “These disturbing reports demonstrate an unacceptable level of neglect for too many veterans. Whistleblowers are critical to our efforts to guard against waste and misconduct in government—and in this case, against the severe compromise of patient care. I’m outraged, not only by what these whistleblowers found, but by indications that those findings were ignored or minimized by VA management, perpetuating systemic problems while veterans suffered. I’ll continue working with the Office of Special Counsel to ensure whistleblowers are protected and that anyone involved in this cover-up is fired.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
McCaskill's final campus sexual assault roundtable focuses on prosecutions, administrative processes WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2014) — Convening stakeholders from across the country, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill today hosted the last in a series of public roundtable discussions aimed at curbing sexual assaults on college campuses — in which participants heard about current obstacles in protecting and empowering survivors, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of survivors pursuing the criminal justice system versus administrative processes to hold perpetrators accountable. “As a former prosecutor, having been on the frontlines of the fight against sexual assault, I want to do everything possible to ensure that these crimes are prosecuted and that the perpetrators of crimes are punished to the fullest extent of the law,” McCaskill said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Sheriff Ron Long
Pulaski County Sheriff's View #75 for June 23, 2014 PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — The month of June is a busy one for sheriffs and police chiefs nationwide, due to it being the month for state and federal grant submissions and for reporting on existing grants. The week began by receiving good news from the Missouri Department of Public Safety when we were notified that a grant totaling approximately $70,000 to supplement deputy pay for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was approved. The Deputy Sheriff’s Salary Supplement Fund (DSSSF) grant is much needed to retain deputies and sadly, to keep some above the national poverty level. Chief Deputy John Groves and I have also been working on, or submitting, grant applications for additional deputies and additional equipment for the dispatch center. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Sheriff Ron Long
State Senator Dan Brown
Brown blames Asian carp for fishing problems JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (June 20, 2014) — Imagine yourself on the lake, ready to cast your line in the water, and start a relaxing day of fishing. Then, in the blink of an eye, a 40-pound fish leaps into your boat, knocking your bait can into the water. Does that story sound far-fetched? According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), a certain species of carp is known for doing just that, and more. The Asian Carp, also known as the Silver Carp, has been introduced into local streams and rivers by upstream entities using them to reduce algae in their waterways, and by anglers illegally using them as live bait. Once a few of them break free or are turned loose, they begin to quickly multiply in number. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... State Sen. Dan Brown
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler happy BRAC proposals rejected in 2015 Defense Department budget WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2014) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has issued the following statement regarding House approval of the Defense Appropriations Bill for the 2015 fiscal year: “This bipartisan effort gives our men and women in uniform the tools and resources they need to protect our nation from current and emerging threats... The bottom line, however, is that we are facing a scarcity of funds due to sequestration, and drastic cuts to our military have been made. I am happy that there are a number of provisions in this bill ... rejecting proposals for cutting benefits and another round of Base Realignment and Closure are very beneficial for Missourians and Americans alike.” Details at link. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
McCaskill demands answers on allegations of whistleblower retaliation at Veterans Administration WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2014) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight, today called for swift action and requested additional information from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on its investigation of whistleblower retaliation by Veterans Affairs employees. OSC is currently investigating 37 cases of whistleblower retaliation at the VA. “As you know, the federal government relies on whistleblowers to report government waste, fraud, abuse, and the mismanagement of taxpayer dollars,” wrote McCaskill, a longtime advocate for stronger whistleblower protections. “Their protection is not only mandated by law but also necessary to ensure the successful oversight of government affairs. I therefore request that you take prompt action in investigating and adjudicating these cases and that you keep me apprised of any developments that might arise.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt fights to block EPA takeover of private, state waters WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 19, 2014) — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri joined John Barrasso from Wyoming and 28 of their colleagues today to introduce the “Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014,” legislation to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from taking over all private and state water in the United States. The bill prevents the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from finalizing their March 2014 proposed rule, which would significantly expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
“The EPA’s proposed water rule is another blatant overreach into Americans’ private lives and property by the Obama Administration. Not only would it have a devastating impact on Missouri farm families, it would also inflict serious harm on productive activities like the construction of homes, businesses, roads, and even the development of energy,” said Blunt. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
GM Recall: McCaskill reacts to internal investigation findings WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 5, 2014) — Following a briefing by General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra—ahead of the release of an internal investigation conducted by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas in relation to the defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, including a fatality in Missouri—U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Chairman of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, announced that she will hold a follow-up hearing later this summer, and released the following statement: “I’m going to reserve judgment until I can take a closer look at the report—which I expect to find comprehensive and thorough—and I’m looking forward to getting a full briefing from Mr. Valukas. I won’t be letting GM leadership, or federal regulators, escape accountability for these tragedies. That’s why I’ll be holding a follow-up hearing later this summer to address unanswered questions. The families of those affected deserve no less.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt accepting applications for military academies WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2014) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt announced today that he has begun accepting applications from young Missourians who are interested in competing for nominations to the U.S. Military Service Academies. Nominations to the Air Force, West Point, Merchant Marine, and Naval Academies are available for qualified applicants. All application materials must be received on or before October 31, 2014. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt on VA: Unacceptable to treat our veterans like this WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2014) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s office posed several pointed questions today regarding extended and unacceptable delays for veterans seeking help at several Veterans Affairs (VA) Heartland Network (VISN 15) hospitals, which includes facilities in Missouri. Blunt recently received a letter from the VA detailing Missouri facilities where veterans waited for care longer than 90 days, including 14 veterans in Poplar Bluff, Mo., 26 veterans in St. Louis, Mo., 19 veterans in Columbia, and 12 veterans in Kansas City. Click here to read the letter. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt co-sponsors bill against 'EPA overreach' on coal supplying 80 percent of Missouri electricity WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 3, 2014) — Missouri relies on coal for more than 80 percent of the state’s electricity needs. As a result, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt co-sponsored the “Coal Country Protection Act,” which U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) introduced today to block President Barack Obama’s proposed regulation on existing power plants unless appropriate agencies can prove it will not eliminate jobs, cost our economy, increase electricity prices, or reduce electricity reliability. “President Obama’s latest EPA rule is a direct attack on low and middle-income families in Missouri and nationwide,” Blunt said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
McCaskill wants review of counternarcotics contracts following $100 million of improper charges WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 3, 2014) — As chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is continuing her investigation into counternarcotics contracts at both the Department of Defense (DOD) and State Department by calling for a thorough review into reports of overpayments of more than $100 million. McCaskill’s letters to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the State Department Inspector General follow a recent report by the DOD Inspector General finding that Northrop Grumman and its subcontractor DynCorp improperly charged the U.S. Government more than $100 million over six years under a contract to provide counternarcotics services. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
Blunt says he'll fight "unprecedented power grab" by Obama's EPA WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2014) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt blasted President Barack Obama’s announcement today regarding his job-destroying Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on coal-fired power plants, which could cost American businesses more than $50 billion a year. “There’s no doubt the president’s energy policies will destroy jobs and hurt the very people who can’t afford to pay more at the pump or to heat and cool their homes. Yet once again, President Obama and his administration proved they’re more concerned about appealing to the far left of the president’s party than helping low and middle-income families who are struggling to find jobs and pay their bills,” said Blunt. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler supports Air Force proposal to give Global Strike Command a four-star general WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2014) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has released the following statement in support of the Air Force’s recommendation that a four-star general be in charge of Global Strike Nuclear Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana:
“Given the vital importance of the missions carried out by Global Strike Nuclear Command, it makes sense that it be headed by the highest levels of leadership. The recommendation of Secretary James and General Welsh reinforces both the importance of the missions and the need for top-level leaders to run it. Whiteman Air Force Base is proud to be part of Global Strike Command providing critical assets to the Air Force through its B-2 stealth bomber. A mission of this magnitude deserves to have a seat at the table regarding discussions about our national security. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to secure approval of this recommendation and ensure our nation’s nuclear mission receives the priority it deserves.”
Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she sits on the Readiness and Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees. She also serves on the Agriculture and Budget Committees. She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
McCaskill's second campus sexual assault roundtable focuses on reporting, enforcement, prevention WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2014) — Convening stakeholders from across the country, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today held the second of three roundtable discussions focusing on Title IX federal civil rights law, which protects students from discrimination based on sex—including sexual harassment and assault—and policies to combat rape and sexual assaults on college and university campuses.
“I’m holding these roundtables in order to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to hear about what is working and what is not, what we can do to improve the response to sexual violence on college campuses, where we may need to legislate, and maybe where we may need to un-legislate,” McCaskill said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Sheriff’s View #72: Ongoing investigation of double Buckhorn death at Shrine Club PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — I will begin the weekly article by briefly commenting on the two deceased individuals discovered on the Shrine Club’s property in Buckhorn Tuesday afternoon. First, there have been no media releases about the cause of death, despite the appearance of numerous hypothetical theories spread thru internet media sources this past week. The reason that neither the Missouri State Highway Patrol nor I have made such a release is due to the fact that the cause of death is still undetermined. Highway Patrol and Pulaski County Sheriff investigators are working diligently on this case but further investigation is necessary before a cause of death is announced. Modern day science is a good friend to law enforcement, allowing us to make evidentiary discoveries never seen before, or that I ever dreamed possible when I began my career in the late 70’s. One of the very few drawbacks is that patience is sometimes necessary while the analysis of the evidence is completed. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Sheriff Ron Long