Archive for December, 2012
(Willow Springs) – The city of Willow Springs has plenty to be thankful for heading into the new year. City Administrator Bob Pollard says that the city has enjoyed a low crime rate and safety for the year:
Pollard also thanks city crews who helped keep the roads in Willow Springs clean when the snow fell on Christmas.
(Jefferson City) – The President and Congress have gone home for the holidays without an agreement on how to avoid automatic tax increases and budget cuts that will happen at the end of the year if a deal isn’t reached. But what will happen in Missouri and other states if they miss the deadline?
Jared Bernstein, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says “not much,” at first, saying that the expiring tax cuts wouldn’t be apparent until people filed their 2013 taxes in 2014:
Republicans in Congress, citing the cost of entitlement programs, have proposed cuts in Medicaid and social security, and to raise the age of those qualify for Medicare. Bernstein says those changes will hit the elderly and poor the hardest, and the raising of the age of those who qualify for Medicare will end up costing more in the long run:
He also says a tax hike for the rich looks likely.
(Houston) – A Houston resident suffered minor injuries Wednesday after the truck he was driving ran off-road, and caught fire in the process.
25-year-old Jeffrey Davy was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.
The accident happened at 5:35 PM on Hog Creek Road, about 2 miles south of Houston. That’s where the Highway Patrol says the truck Davy was driving failed to negotiate a curve, ran off-road and struck a ditch.
(Mountain View) – Three people suffered minor injuries Wednesday after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 60 in Shannon County.
The accident happened around 5:18 AM about 5 miles east of Mountain View, when the westbound vehicle driven by 23-year-old Jonathan Ogburn of Harned, KY lost control on the snowy roadway and overturned in the median.
Ogburn, 23-year-old Amanda Schwartz of Hudson, KY and 3-year-old Emma Schwartz, also of Hudson, suffered minor injuries, and were all three taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.
37-year-old Gregory Dooley was ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:50 PM accident.
The accident happened when the southbound vehicle Dooley was driving ran off-road, overcorrected, ran off the opposite side of the road, and struck a tree and a rock embankment.
The death marks fatality number 37 for the year for Troop G of the Highway Patrol, compared to 36 at this time in 2011.
Data and interviews from an investigation by The Associated Press found growing numbers of meth lab seizures in cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Nashville, Tenn., and Evansville, Ind. Authorities are also seeing evidence that inner-city gangs are becoming involved in meth production and distribution.
The increase in labs is especially troubling because meth brought into the U.S. from Mexico also is becoming more pervasive in urban areas. The Associated Press reported in October that so-called Mexican “super labs” are upping production, making meth more pure and less expensive, and then using existing drug pipelines in big cities.
Authorities cite numerous reasons for meth moving into cities, but chief among them is the rise in so-called “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” meth. In years past, meth was cooked in a makeshift lab. The strong ammonia-like smell carried over a wide area, so to avoid detection, meth had to be made in backwoods locations. As laws limited the availability of pseudoephedrine, meth-makers adjusted with a faster process that creates smaller batches simply by combining ingredients – mixing cold pills with toxic substances such as battery acid or drain cleaner – in 2-liter soda bottles. Shake-and-bake meth can be made quickly with little odor in a home, apartment, hotel, even a car.
Another reason for the rise in urban meth is a process known among law enforcement as “smurfing” -the abundance of pharmacies in cities attracts meth-makers from surrounding rural areas, who can bring in friends to help purchase pseudoephedrine pills.
Missouri State Highway Patrol statistics are indicative of the growing urban concern: All four of the top meth counties in Missouri were in the metropolitan St. Louis area – Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis and Franklin.
The Missouri Department of Conservation issued a report Wednesday on the season, which ran from Dec. 15 through Tuesday.
The agency says this year’s number was down slightly from 2011’s alternative-methods hunt, which saw more than 15,200 deer taken. The record for the special season is 15,907, set in 2009.
Oregon County recorded the highest number of deer bagged this year at 320. That was followed by Franklin County in second place and Howell County in third.
(Cape Girardeau) (AP) – Officials are discouraging travel in southeastern Missouri until crews clear the roads from what was expected to be heavy snowfall with blizzard conditions.
The National Weather Service placed 13 counties from the Bootheel to north of Cape Girardeau under a blizzard warning from Tuesday night to midday Wednesday. Total accumulations were expected to range from three inches in the Bootheel to 12 inches farther north.
The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory late Tuesday afternoon urging motorists to stay off the roads. State maintenance engineer Beth Wright said whiteout conditions would make driving dangerous and complicate road-clearing efforts.
MoDOT recommends checking its online Traveler Information Map for current road conditions. The agency also says its free Traveler Information app for tablets and mobile devices has recently been upgraded.
(Hartville) – A Hartville resident was seriously injured after an accident on Route Z north of Hartville on Christmas Day.
The accident happened at 3:30 PM, when the northbound vehicle driven by 65-year-old Roy McDaris ran off-road, struck a bridge and overturned.
McDaris was taken from the scene of the accident to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by ambulance.
(Shannon County) – A Birch Tree resident was arrested Sunday afternoon on a number of warrants from Shannon County and Birch Tree.
33-year-old Jerry Stark was arrested around 2:10 PM for warrants including Property Damage from Shannon County; and misdemeanor charges of Possession of Narcotics Equipment, Driving While Suspended, Failure to Drive on the Right Side of the Roadway, and various other traffic offenses.
Stark was held at report time in the Shannon County Jail without bond.