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FLW's next commander's past fights included Superstorm Sandy and stopping IEDs

Brig. Gen. Kent Savre
FLW's next commander's past fights included Superstorm Sandy and stopping IEDs
The man who as a lieutenant colonel was once director of the unit at U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood which trains soldiers to stop IEDs and other explosive devices, currently the main killer of American soldiers in Afghanistan, will soon return as a general to command the entire installation. At Friday’s Committee of Fifty meeting, Fort Leonard Wood’s chief of staff, Col. James Reckard, announced that Maj. Gen. Les Smith will move later this spring from commanding Fort Leonard Wood to serving as the deputy to the Army’s inspector general in the Pentagon. His successor will be Brig. Gen. Kent Savre, whose last time at Fort Leonard Wood was from 2005 to 2007 as head of the Counter-Explosive Hazard Center. More recently, Savre was at Fort Hood, Texas when an Army psychiatrist attacked and killed troops, including some under his command, and headed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division when Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Man threatens to burn trailer early Saturday morning
(Jan. 31, 2015) — When Crocker Fire Protection District personnel were paged about 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a residential structure fire, initial reports said a man was destroying a trailer and had set it on fire. Firefighters chose to wait for law enforcement upon arriving at a location within sight of the single-wide travel trailer set up as a mobile home on the 28000 grid of Riverside Road off Highway T south of Swedeborg since the scene wasn’t yet safe. Once deputies arrived and Crocker firefighters were able to enter the trailer, they found no active fire and at 2:53 a.m. cancelled a mutual aid call to the Tri-County Fire Protection District, whose firefighters were on their way coming from Richland. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

MoDOT engineer warns that state roads will deteriorate due to funding problems
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — Secondary state roads are likely to deteriorate and it’s not clear whether the Route 66 bridge over the Gasconade River near Hazelgreen can be fixed at all, Preston Kramer, the area engineer from the Missouri Department of Transportation warned Pulaski County commissioners during their Thursday morning meeting. Kramer said that due to the failure of a ballot proposal to increase state road taxes, there’s no way MoDOT road crews can afford to maintain roads off the primary road system, which mostly covers interstate highways, US routes, and the numbered rather than lettered state roads. “We’re back to where we were 10 years ago where the only money we’ve got is the gas tax and that hasn’t changed in 40 years,” Kramer said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

New restaurants coming to Pulaski County
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — Looking for someplace to eat? Pulaski County diners won't see the familiar KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken national brand name anymore in ‪‎Saint Robert‬, and one long-term Asian restaurant, Chopstix, is merging with another, Ocean Buffet, into the Ocean Buffet location on St. Robert Boulevard in what was once Ryan's. ‪Richland diners are seeing a long-time landmark restaurant, Crossroads Restaurant, reopen under new ownership as Fox's Crossroads Country Diner, and also will get a branch operation of Mink's Family Pizzeria whose main operation is in ‪Crocker‬. In that city, a new Wagon Wheel restaurant is opening in the location previously used by The Sky's the Limit Restaurant in Crocker VFW Post 4956. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Threats made to kill firefighters responding to blaze

Four fire departments responded to a Wednesday afternoon blaze in a Hazelgreen trailer.
Threats made to kill firefighters responding to blaze
HAZELGREEN, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — Firefighters wear bunker gear to protect against blazing flames, not flying bullets. But on Wednesday afternoon, firefighters from four departments battling a trailer fire on the 33000 grid of Route 66 just west of the Laclede-Pulaski county line near Hazelgreen had to deal with situation in which, according to preliminary reports, “the alleged arsonist calls the scene and admits burning a residence and furthermore states he is coming to kill all public safety on the scene.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Wyndridge resident asks if his subdivision can get a NID for road repairs
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2015) — While Missouri Department of Transportation officials warned Pulaski County commissioners that the state doesn’t have enough money to maintain MoDOT’s secondary roads, Pulaski County has its own funding problems. Scott Davis, a homeowner in the Wyndridge Estates subdivision east of St. Robert, asked whether the county will be able to set up a NID (neighborhood improvement district) in his area. Eastern District Commissioner Lynn Sharp said that for now, he’s focusing on the Highway H area of Hunters Point south of Waynesville, which already has a NID but whose residents will need to vote to renew the NID, to learn more about a NID and how it works. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Army Reserve SFC will be new Crocker school resource officer
CROCKER, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2015) — The Crocker R-II School District has a new school resource officer, Shawn Wright, but he’s far from new to law enforcement or to the Crocker community, having served as a reserve officer in the Crocker Police Department since 1998. Wright told board members that he originally came to the area due to his military duties at Fort Leonard Wood, decided to stay, and entered civilian law enforcement while remaining a member of the Army Reserve, where he currently holds the rank of sergeant first class and for the last 11 years has been a military instructor. Since 2002, in addition to his reserve commission with the Crocker Police Department and his Army Reserve NCO status, he’s been a police officer with the University of Missouri. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Crocker says current policies aren't being followed, votes against new policies
CROCKER, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2015) — While Crocker R-II School Board members voted unanimously to hire a school resource officer, Tuesday night’s other board votes including significant disagreement. State law requires school districts to adopt policies regarding numerous educational matters. The Missouri School Boards Association generally prepares policies for local districts to adopt, though districts sometimes draft their own local policies on issues that aren’t addressed by state law. After closed session, however, Crocker board members voted by a 3-3 margin to reject all the policies presented for adoption. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

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