Archives for October 2011
The baby went missing from her Kansas City home on October 4, and now the former attorney for the family, Cyndy Short has been dismissed from the case, saying she can’t work with the new high-profile New York attorney the family hired. Short said over the weekend, the NYC man who calls himself a private investigator,”Wild Bill” Stanton came to town and took the baby’s parents to an “undisclosed location.” Short says she’ll now work as a concerned citizen with 17 others to help in the case..
Representative Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) Photo courtesy of House Communications
In a time of budget cuts, the House Committee on Governmental Accountability says it wants to make sure no taxpayer dollar goes wasted. Committee Chair Jay Barnes says his committee is staffed by some of the most knowledgeable House members on the budget, like Budget Chair Ryan Silvey and Chris Kelly. Barnes says both of them are very thorough in their questioning, which could mean a lot of long meetings.
Barnes says his committee’s goal is not to craft legislation, but just to look at all the facts and hear from all the interested parties before making any decisions about what to do to stop something like this from happening again.
Barnes says his committee mirrors the Senate, but is acting independently. He says it’s important to have the committee in both chambers so that there are knowledgeable people in both the House and Senate on the issue, should a bill come up regarding it.
He says the committee will be calling its first meeting at the end of November, tentatively. He says he has requested a long list of documents and testimony for the first meetings, so he wanted to give all parties time to prepare.
• Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or a responsible guardian when they go door-to-door.
• Instruct children never to eat anything until they are home and the treats have been examined by an adult. Throw away anything that is unwrapped.
• Check the wrappers of commercial treats for any signs of tampering.
• Make sure children’s costumes fit and that they can see well. Instead of masks that restrict vision, makeup should be used.
• Have children stay in their own neighborhood and on well-lit streets.
• Make sure children carry a flashlight.
• Teach your children to use the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing cars.
• Know what friends your child will be with and the routes they are walking.
• Leave a porch light on so children will know that it is OK to visit your home.
Approaching US-63 on Route P, Highway 6 or Highway 11, you’ll soon be greeted with rumble strips and flashing red lights. Because the traffic on 63 does not stop, traffic engineers are adding the additional warning devices to help drivers remember to stop and look for cross traffic.
The five were charged after a week long investigation that saw the seizing of a mobile meth lab. Macon County Sheriff’s officials said they got a warrant for a residence in Bevier after the first got a tip of the illegal drug activity. Deputies confiscated the usual paraphernalia in a mobile meth lab after they found that it exploded in a vehicle and some people were hurt. Deputies also found stolen vehicles hidden in the area. As of last week, one of the five suspects was arrested and the other four were at large.
Koster is in court today representing the state in a case in which a defense attorney did not tell his client, one Galin Frye about a plea that prosecutors had put on the table. Frye was charged with repeated driving while suspended, and upon a fifth arrest for same, plead guilty without a plea offer. So now the court considers counsel’s failure to tell Frye about any plea deal. The suit claims that that resulted in representation so substandard that Frye was denied his constitutional rights. Koster will advocate that
Frye’s conviction should stand, and that not be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.
Flaggers were placed at the intersections on Wednesday and Thursday all day and night to communicate with motorists traveling on the three state highways. Public interest in stoplights at those intersections and other possible speed decrease measures are still being considered by Modot, who will continue to monitor traffic volume on the bypass to make their decision.
What about guard rails on the new overpass on south 63? Some have been worried about the lack of rails come winter:
The goal of the alternate route sixty-three is to improve traffic in and around Kirskville by reducing congestion on Baltimore and other heavily used roads. Safety issues are still being worked out by Modot planners and work to improve the bypass will continue. Any questions or concerns can be voiced to Modot by visiting their website or calling the toll-free number 888-ASK-MODOT.
Kirksville police identify the driver that was on Highway 6 as 72-year old Chuck Baker of Brashear. They say just after 1pm yesterday he’d stopped at the sign at the intersection with the newly-opened highway. As he was crossing, police say, Baker apparently didn’t see the SUV and camper, or mis-estimated its speed. The people in the SUV weren’t hurt, but Baker and his passenger, 39-year old Brock Baker, were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional. The highway was blocked for more than two hours.
Just over two days earlier, Wyatt had complained during the ribbon-cutting event that overpasses had not been included at Highway 6 and Highway 11, going so far as to say he feels the bypass is unfinished due to the at-grade crossings. The overpasses were eliminated from the project for budgetary reasons, according to MoDOT.