The baby died in the Norvi Apartments on Carter Street near the St. Robert main fire station.
Baby dies in Norvi Apartments; father tased, then arrested on unrelated warrants SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2014) — A baby is dead, his father was arrested after being tased by police, and the county coroner says an autopsy is planned for Tuesday to determine why the boy died a few days short of his fourth month of life. Coroner Mikel Hartness confirmed that emergency personnel were called to the Norvi Apartments for a report of a baby who had died. The baby was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH) where he was pronounced dead by hospital officials at 1:40 p.m. An autopsy is routine in such cases, Hartness said. “All child deaths are automatically suspicious; children aren’t supposed to die,” Hartness said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Massive SWAT team response to strip club justified by armed bikers, sheriff says Firing flashbang devices, a SWAT team and more than 30 law enforcement personnel from three different agencies swarmed into the After Dark Gentlemen's Club early Saturday morning following a report of an armed biker group in the club, but so far the only charges filed have been possession of cow drugs by the owner, Matt 'Houston' Wagner, 33, of Dixon. That won't be the end of the case, however, according to Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long, who said Wagner was arrested with a gun in his hand and numerous additional charges are expected against both him and the strippers working in his establishment. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Late night raid on strip club nets multiple arrests PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 11, 2014) — A late night search warrant executed shortly after midnight Saturday at the After Dark Gentlemen's Club north of St. Robert on Highway 28 led to at least four arrests and involved law enforcement personnel not only from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department but also the Rolla Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Names of those arrested have not yet been released and Circuit Court Clerk Rachelle Graves Beasley said she hasn't yet received the probable cause statements in the cases. Prosecutor Kevin Hillman said he expects cases to be filed later today. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County OK's Waynesville mayor's request to ask county employees not to park around square PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Parking around the Pulaski County Courthouse square has been an issue for decades, and on Thursday, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman came to the county commissioners to ask for help in getting county employees to park somewhere that won’t block downtown business customer parking space. “I’m getting ready to start my last year as mayor and one of the things which was reallyes important to me was this downtown parking issue.” Hardman said. While downtown parking signs are posted, Hardman reminded the commissioners that retired Judge Doug Long had threatened to arrest city police if they ticketed people coming to the courthouse for jury trials. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County to COAD: You need to find a new facility PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Members of the Pulaski County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) would like to retain their current location in the courthouse annex, but at Thursday’s meeting, the county commissioners reminded the group that their space in the old Waynesville Middle School was only intended to be temporary following the August 2013 flood disaster. “We’re not trying to take away anyone’s jobs; we’re trying to create the structure so people can be more effective in time of disaster,” said COAD member Marcy Barlow. “We know one of the concerns you have is we are in a space that was intended to be temporary... the many thing we want to do is with us being Pulaski County COAD we want to remain involved with you guys.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Public Facilities Advisory Board OKs $238,000 Bales Construction bid PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 8, 2014) — The Public Facilities Advisory Board, a special committee which administers a sales tax fund left over from the building of the Pulaski County Courthouse decades ago, agreed Wednesday afternoon with a proposal to give Bales Construction the contract for a $238,000 project. The project is to remove and reinstall existing EFIS (fascia) around the exterior of the courthouse, including the new jail addition, with 1/2-inch treated plywood, flashing, and caulking of windows and doors. The project also includes a lighting bid for $17,300 to replace all existing can lights in soffit, building walls, and ground lighting with LED fixtures equivalent to 175-watt metal halide and a lift rental for $29,000. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Navy Federal Credit Union and Aaron's Furniture have found temporary homes.
**EDITORIAL:** Stay alert to OPSEC on social media (Oct. 7, 2014) — I've been aware for some time that I have a number of suspicious Facebook friends. I discovered a particularly egregious offender on my personal Facebook friend list today and removed "her." That person has been on my friend list for years but finally did something stupid enough for me to start checking, and what I found was crystal clear evidence not only of fraud but also of successful efforts to "friend" others on Facebook. Since then, I've started investigating other suspicious FB accounts on my "friend" list. Some are obvious frauds, but others took some serious digging to turn up problems. I do not like what I am finding. Bottom line: Use common sense. Think before trusting. We teach "stranger danger" to our children and we ought to be applying the same principles to our internet interactions. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Step up for Waynesville utility bills may not include other utility companies WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 7, 2014) — The Waynesville City Council has already approved the concept of a program allowing residents to “round up” their utility bills to the next closest dollar to help community families in need, but the chairman of the city’s utility committee wants to add language requiring that the needy families pay Waynesville utility bills, not utility bills to other entities. Councilman Mike France asked how procedures would work for people who choose to use a “Step Up for Waynesville” option to round their bill to the next highest whole dollar amount, with the excess being used for a charitable fund to help people with utility bills. For example, France said he didn’t like the idea of people in Laquey using Waynesville money to pay a Laclede Electric Cooperative utility bill. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County considers getting rid of one road, finding ways to pay for others PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 6, 2014) — During Monday's meeting, county commissioners considered ways to eliminate one road from the county road system which is being used as a private driveway while also considering ways to obtain enough funding to maintain hard-surfaced roads in the residential subdivisions outside St. Robert. The driveway is owned by Beth Holsather and is technically still part of Tigger Lane in the Misty Mountain subdivision, but neither the property owner nor the county want the road to remain a county road. A resident of a different subdivision off Texas Road east of St. Robert, Art Lambert, told commissioners that he’s asked his neighbors about a NID (neighborhood improvement district) to assess a special tax for road maintenance, and he said his neighbors are supportive. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
94th Engineer Battalion to host inactivation ceremony FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Oct. 2, 2014) — An inactivation ceremony for the 94th Engineer Battalion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday on Fort Leonard Wood’s Gammon Field. The ceremony is open to the public. The storied 94th Eng. Bn. “Wolverines” are part of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. The 94th Engineer Battalion was originally constituted as the 53rd Engineer Battalion in 1933 and the Wolverine identity originated in 1941 when the battalion was activated at Fort Custer, Michigan. After being re-designated as the 94th Engineer Service Regiment, the unit participated in several World War II campaigns in North Africa, Italy and Germany, to include the Naples-Foggia, the Rome-Arno, the Rhineland and the Central Europe campaigns. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Staff Sgt. Mark Patton/Army Public Affairs
Commissioners upset by prevailing wage costs to county PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 2, 2014) — Faced with major costs to repair the outside fascia on the upper level of the courthouse which is at risk of falling down, as well as tens of millions of dollars to repair flood-damaged county roads, Pulaski County commissioners took aim at federal prevailing wage laws during their Thursday meeting, laws which they said unreasonably increased the cost of county projects. The commissioners received a single bid of $284,300 from Bales Construction Company for courthouse repair, which was the only company that bid on the project. That bid includes prevailing wage rates for labor which are much higher than most private employers pay for construction in Pulaski County. Commissioners said the prevailing wage rate problems were caused by unrealistic union wage scales and asked if there’s a way around paying prevailing wage. “It seems kind of high to me... there’s no way around this?” asked Western District Commissioner Ricky Zweerink. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Burned St. Robert shopping center must be demolished SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Sept. 30, 2014) — A shopping center which caught fire late Friday night will have to be torn down, according to St. Robert city officials. “The structural integrity of the building has been compromised and the engineer recommended that the building be torn down because there was extensive damage,” said Ashley Sielky, planning and development clerk for the city. That engineering inspection on Tuesday confirmed what city building inspectors had earlier feared about a blaze which broke out on the east end of Liberty Plaza on St. Robert Boulevard. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Commissioners consider tax increase for roads PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Sept. 29, 2014) — After years of dealing with deteriorating roads and concerns about crime, Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk is calling for a tax increase. During Monday’s county commission meeting, Newkirk and his fellow commissioners, Western District Commissioner Ricky Zweerink and Eastern District Commissioner Lynn Sharp, agreed that something must be done to raise revenue if the county’s hard-surfaced roads are to be maintained as asphalt rather than being allowed to return to gravel. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
St. Robert shopping center burns Friday night SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Sept. 26, 2014) — The shopping center on St. Robert Boulevard including the Army Recruiting Center, Aaron's, Tan Oasis, and Navy Federal Credit Union caught fire Friday evening. The fire was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m.; firefighters from the St. Robert Fire Department and the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District are on scene with a special alarm called for the U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department to send a ladder truck. The state fire marshal has been called for a fire investigation. This is standard procedure in major fires. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina