'Field of Heroes' will fill Waynesville Park with 400 flags to benefit YMCA WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — During three days in July, 400 flags will fly in the Waynesville City Park in downtown Waynesville as part of a “Field of Heroes” event commemorating military personnel on active duty, veterans, fallen soldiers, police officers, EMTs, or relatives chosen by people who select a flag to sponsor. Organized by the Fort Leonard Wood chapter of the Armed Services YMCA, the flags will be displayed from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25, to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, with “all proper flag etiquette (being) rendered, including having the field properly lit at night.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Big Piney boat wreck hurts three, one seriously, late Saturday evening CROCKER, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — A Saturday evening boat wreck on the Big Piney River injured three people. According to Missouri State Water Patrol reports, Mark J. Wagoner, 23, of St. Louis, suffered serious injuries after the jon boat in which he was riding traveled westward downstream, hit several large rocks about 6:40 p.m., and he was ejected into the water along with Katrina M. Connour, 22, and Tozh R. Smith, 28, both of Crocker. Smith, who was operating the boat, had moderate injuries; and Connour, who along with Wagoner was a passenger, had minor injuries. Also on Sunday, Waynesville firefighters responded to a crash on Interstate 44 at mile marker 167 with two semi trucks involved which partially blocked one eastbound lane but caused no injuries. In unrelated Sunday incidents, state troopers arrested two people, Donald E. Brown, 52, of Laquey, and Daniel S. Woods, 39, of St. Robert, on charges including drunk driving. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Sewer District will begin smoke testing to cut costs by identifying sewer leaks WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — Pulaski County Sewer District personnel will begin smoke testing on Tuesday, June 24, in the Southside Road-Hunters Point area and will continue each week through the month of June and July. Smoke testing is a method used by utility crews to identify places where an underground pipe has not been sealed properly, or where improper connections have been made to a utility line. That's especially important because of recent changes in federal EPA rules which require sewage systems to treat all discharge, even during high-volume periods caused by rainfall. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Emergency personnel responded early Saturday to downed power lines on Route 66 by Waynesville Middle School
Downed power lines, trailer fire lead to firefighter response twice on Saturday WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — Waynesville firefighters responded twice today to separate calls, one involving downed power lines early in the morning on a major street and the other involving a late-night fire call to a previously burned trailer in rural Pulaski County. The power line call came at 5:13 a.m. when Waynesville police and firefighters, as well as Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies and Pulaski County Ambulance district personnel, responded to what was later determined to be a non-injury crash in front of Waynesville Middle School on Historic Route 66 when a vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Later in the evening, firefighters responded to Happy Drive at 6:43 p.m. and found “a fully involved mobile home burning that was vacant from a previous fire.” Firefighters extinguished the blaze and returned to their station at 9:01 p.m. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
State Rep. Steve Lynch fields questions from local Republicans on illegal immigration.
Lynch questioned on Missouri's response to illegal immigration of Central American children PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — When speaking to local audiences, State Rep. Steve Lynch typically fields questions about state-level issues. However, at Saturday’s meeting of the Pulaski County Republican Women’s Club, several questioners asked him what plans Missouri has in place to cope with a possible influx of Central American children. Those children, who in some cases are seeking refugee status but often are being considered illegal immigrants, are being moved from overwhelmed immigration facilities in Texas to other states such as California, and sometimes are being housed on military installations. With the Missouri legislature out of session, there’s not much lawmakers can do, Lynch said, and any action is likely to fall to Gov. Jay Nixon as head of the state’s executive branch. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
New transportation sales tax would add more than $80,000 for area cities PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — When voters go to the polls in August, in addition to candidates for state and county office, they’ll find Constitutional Amendment No. 7 on the ballot, which would authorize a change in the state’s system of road funding to add a 3/4-cent sales tax to the existing per-gallon gas tax. The ballot language says the new sales tax, which will expire in 10 years is expected to generate $480 million annually for the state and $54 million for local governments. According to statistics prepared by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, the proposed sales tax would generate more than $80,000, ranging from $7,614 and $33,156 per year for each of the four Pulaski County cities which are MRPC members. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Probate Judge candidates explain why they're seeking Republican nomination PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — Members of the Pulaski County Republican Women’s Club heard quite different presentations during their Saturday morning meeting at PriceCutter’s Restaurant when former Pulaski County Prosecutor Mike Headrick and current Pulaski County Assistant Prosecutor Dean Matthews asked for their votes for the associate circuit judge, probate division. Headrick and Matthews are both seeking the Republican nomination in the August primary. The winning candidate will run against incumbent Associate Circuit Judge Ronda Cortesini, a Democrat who was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to fill the vacancy of Greg Warren, who Nixon had previously elevated from Associate Circuit Judge to Circuit Judge after Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield was elevated to the Court of Appeals. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Richland man moderately hurt in wreck RICHLAND, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — A Friday afternoon crash in Miller County near Route U moderately injured a Richland man, Carl H. Hitt, 51, while totaling the pickup in which he was a passenger. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Jeremy J. Olmstead, 31, of Stoutland, had been driving a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup eastbound on Bentown Road three miles east of Route U at 1:20 p.m. when he lost control on a gravel road, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree, but suffered only minor injuries. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
State patrol announces school bus inspection reports for area districts PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — When children get on school buses, they and their parents expect the bus will get them to school without breaking down. That doesn’t always happen, however. To reduce the number of unsafe and defective buses on the road, Missouri State Highway Patrol inspectors conduct an annual bus inspection which approved 84.7 percent of Missouri’s 11,997 school buses on initial inspection and an additional 11.9 percent had minor defects. Statewide, however, 405 buses were placed out-of-service upon initial inspection, including one bus each in the Dixon R-I, Crocker R-II, Swedeborg R-III, and Laquey R-V districts, as well as two in the Waynesville R-VI School District. Only the Richland R-IV School District avoided having any buses placed out of service. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Tri-County firefighters assist state troopers with a rollover wreck following a Thursday night car chase. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Darling Williams)
Multi-county car chase leads to one arrest; one man still being sought RICHLAND, Mo. (June 20, 2014) — One woman is under arrest, one car was totaled, and one fugitive is on the loose following a wild police chase Thursday night through multiple counties at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The chase ended in Richland after Ashley L. Suggett, 28, of Jefferson City totaled her car but suffered only minor injuries at the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 133. Sheriff Ron Long said Suggett is now in the Pulaski County Jail pending multiple felony charges. However, Vernon Dale Parker, Jr., 32, is still at large. He is wanted for fleeing law enforcement last night, and for multiple additional felonies. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
The Pulaski County Courthouse was one of many downtown businesses affected by Thursday's power outage.
Thursday's electric outage hit more than courthouse square, officials say WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 20, 2014) — A downtown power outage which shut down the courthouse Thursday and knocked out power to numerous businesses was initially reported as mostly affecting the downtown square, but according to electric superintendent Toby Hill, it was considerably more widespread and likely affected 200 to 250 customers. Most but not all of those affected were businesses, ranging from Lost in the Wood Antiques on the west end of downtown all the way east up Frog Hill to Piney Ridge Center, the Waynesville R-VI School District transportation department, and East Elementary School, and as far north on Highway 17 as Beasley’s Heating and Cooling. The downtown square and residential areas to the south were also hit as far as Hospital Road and Fort Street. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
A soldier steps through a breached, double-reinforced concrete wall during a demonstration of wall-breaching technology. (Photo by Army Public Affairs)
Break Down Those Walls! Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood helps develop new way to demolish walls PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (June 19, 2014) — Army engineers are improving the ability of soldiers to create a man-size hole through a variety of walls to press the offensive. A demonstration of the scalable/selectable breacher wall-breaching capability in early development was successfully conducted May 7 at Fort Polk, La. The testing is part of the Army's science and technology program. Development of the wall-breaching capability is a collaboration between engineers with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, and with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the research arm of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "This solution can be tailored for various types of walls, and uses our current explosive and initiating systems," said James Rowan, Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood. "We saw demos on double reinforced concrete walls, triple brick walls, and standard CMU walls... All demos were very successful and the live results were almost exactly as depicted in the computer simulations and numerical models." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Timothy Rider, Army Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Martin R. Delaney III
Committee of Fifty to honor Staff Sgt. Martin R. Delaney III, NCO of the year FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 19, 2014) — Next week’s meeting of the Committee of Fifty, a civilian organization supporting Fort Leonard Wood, will include honors for Staff Sgt. Martin R. Delaney III, the organization’s June honoree who is the post’s 2014 noncommissioned officer of the year. A military policeman who enlisted in the Army in 2007, Delaney is back at Fort Leonard Wood for his first permanent duty assignment since coming to the post a half-dozen years ago for one-station unit training as an MP. He’s currently assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) of the 14th Military Police Brigade. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Former Richland assistant girls' basketball coach pleads guilty after sexual incident with student-athlete RICHLAND, Mo. (June 19, 2014) — Most people taking a plea bargain plead guilty to lesser charges. However, for former Richland High School assistant girls’ basketball coach Trevor Franklin, 27, of Stoutland, his plea agreement with the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office included an upgrade of charges from a Class D felony of sexual misconduct with a student to a Class C felony of first-degree child welfare endangerment. Even though the amended charges to which Franklin pleaded guilty on Monday don’t specifically cite his sexual activities as a coach, he’ll be required to permanently surrender his teaching license and complete outpatient sex offender counseling. He is also barred during the five-year term of his probation from contacting the former student-athlete with whom he had relations and is barred from school grounds or unsupervised contact with children other than his own. If Franklin complies with the terms of his probation, he will have only 10 days in jail and won’t face prison time other than 90 days shock time at the discretion of his probation officer. However, the consequences are much worse with the upgraded felony charge if he violates his probation terms — seven years instead of four years in state prison. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina