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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
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