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Voters reject all local tax proposals, SR alderman ties with challenger

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (April 5, 2022) -- Voters rejected every tax proposal in Pulaski County during Tuesday's city and school board elections, with some of the tax proposals going down in flames by two-to-one margins, and one City of Saint Robert, Missouri alderman race between incumbent Theresa Cook and challenger Glen Askeland came down to a 25-25 vote tie. Unofficial results indicate the only defeated incumbent was George Dalgetty on the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District board, who lost with 314 votes by a two-vote margin to newcomer Robert Jones with 316. The other fire board incumbent, Robert Fitzgerald, was re-elected with 342 votes.

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Election today for tax issues, city councils, school board

When Pulaski County voters go to the polls for today's election, in addition to city council and school board elections, all voters in the county will have the opportunity to vote on a special sales tax for the Pulaski County, MO Commission/Road & Bridge Department and adopting an internet "use tax" which allows collection of county sales tax on purchases made over the internet, Voters in the cities of Richland and Dixon will also decide whether to adopt an internet sales tax for their cities, Crocker voters will decide whether to adopt a sales tax for their police department, City of Dixon, MO Municipal Government voters will decide whether to convert the elected city marshal post to an appointed rather than elected head of the Dixon MO Police Department, Laquey voters will decide whether to extend the current property tax levy with no tax increase, and the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District will have an unusual election between three fire board candidates.

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Crocker hires Regina Utley as full-time police officer

CROCKER, Mo. (April 4, 2022) -- Crocker City Hall officials announced Thursday that Regina Utley, a Crocker Pd reserve officer for the last 12 years, has been hired as a regular officer in the Crocker Police Department. Seth Alexander, who was promoted in March by the Crocker City Council to assistant police chief of the Crocker Police Department, "is no longer with Crocker Police Department," according to the city announcement.

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Waynesville motorcyclist seriously injured in Friday night wreck

SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (April 2, 2022) -- St. Robert police saw a late-night Friday motorcycle crash on I-44, searched for the motorcyclist after he lost control and ran off the roadway near Exit 163, and assisted other agencies as the motorcyclist was transported for treatment of serious injuries. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Alan P. Holbrook, 31, of Waynesville, had been westbound at 11:37 p.m. when he lost control of his 2022 Harley Davidson, ran off the right side of the roadway at mile marker 163.8, and struck the guardrail before coming to rest.

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Unspecified 'contaminant' prompts investigation at Buffalo Wild Wings

SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (March 2, 2022) Pulaski County Health Center personnel confirmed Tuesday morning that an unspecified "contaminant" was found at Buffalo Wild Wings in St. Robert, and that the case remains under investigation by health department staff and law enforcement.

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St. Robert urges residents to minimize electricity usage due to cold weather

SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Jan. 1, 2022) -- With severe weather on its way this weekend, City of Saint Robert, Missouri officials have urged residents to conserve electricity to avoid a repeat of last year's peak electric usage that led to the city being charged much higher electric rates which then had to be passed on to area residents in their electric bills. St. Robert Mayor George Lauritson clarified Saturday that a peak alert is **NOT** yet in effect. "Peak usage" happens when electric utilities that don't generate their own power -- which includes all of the city utilities in Pulaski County and the two rural co-ops, Laclede Electric Cooperative and Gascosage Electric Cooperative -- have to buy more electricity than to serve their customers than they had agreed to buy in their electric contracts and must pay a premium price to do so. That premium price is paid to the electricity generation companies, and in some cases, they are also paying premium prices if they have to buy electricity from outside the region.

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Collector's office open today for last-minute tax payments
Collector's office open today for last-minute tax payments

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 31, 2021) -- Those who waited until the last minute to pay their property taxes have just over two hours left to pay in person at the Pulaski County Courthouse in downtown Waynesville, where unlike the rest of the county offices, County Collector Terri Mitchell is keeping her office open today for regular hours until 4:30 p.m. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is providing security in the courthouse during the tax collection process.

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Tuesday afternoon St. Robert crash left in I-44 median until Wednesday

SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 29, 2021) -- A Tuesday afternoon crash on I-44 snarled traffic and left a wrecked car in the median overnight until it could be removed on Wednesday. State troopers reported that Daniel L. Switzer, 24, of St. Louis, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu westbound when he ran off the left side of the road near mile marker 160.2 and struck the cable barrier in the median, sending debris into the eastbound lanes that struck a 2013 Freightliner box van driven by Dalton C. Crum, 26, of Rolla.

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Woman charged with hindering prosecution of Dixon murder

DIXON, Mo. (Sept. 30, 2021) -- A woman described in court records as a female acquaintance of Mark Ethington was charged Tuesday with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence in a murder case against the man charged with killing him. Cherie L. Kelley, 44, of Dixon, faces one to four years In state prison if convicted. Charges filed by Kevin Hillman of the Pulaski County Prosecutors Office say she "obstructed, by means of deception, law enforcement officials from performing an act that might aid in the apprehension and prosecution of Brandon Veasman, by leaving the scene of the murder with him, concealing bloody clothing with him, and not reporting the murder to anyone." The charges also say she "concealed bloody clothing with the purpose to impair its availability in the investigation of the murder of Mark Ethington," and in doing so, impaired and obstructed Veasman's prosecution for first-degree murder.

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Motorcyclist charged with fleeing St. Robert police

ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Sept. 27, 2021) -- A Devil's Elbow man who plea-bargained a 2020 rollover crash down to defective equipment could now spend one to seven years in state prison if convicted of possessing methamphetamine while leading St. Robert police on a high-speed motorcycle chase exceeding 100 mph on rural roads early Sunday morning. That police chase began on the St. Robert North Outer Road between Exits 161 and 163 of I-44 and ended with Kyle William Palmer, 22, wrecking his motorcycle and being arrested at gunpoint by police. St. Robert police filed Class E felony charges of fleeing police and Class D felony drug possession charges against Palmer for a police chase that began at 12:40 a.m. Sunday. A St. Robert officer reported Palmer was westbound on a Honda CRF450 dirt bike and his radar clocked the motorcycle as driving 56 mph in a 45 mph zone, and also said the motorcycle had no visible rear taillight or license plate.

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