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Archive for December, 2011

Tessa Ebersold

(Marion County) – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says that a couple was arrested on December 23 on charges of meth manufacturing.

26-year-old Blane and 29-year-old Tessa Ebersold of rural Oakland were arrested after an investigation from late November, when the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children’s Division investigated a report of child neglect, due to the Ebersold’s possibly cooking meth in the presence of an infant.

A report from the sheriff’s department says that upon arrival, officers observed numerous items at the residence related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Officer’s then secured the residence and obtained a search warrant, in which they discovered all the components of a meth lab, including testable methamphetamine.

Both Ebersolds were arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance (meth); possession of a controlled substance (meth); possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture meth; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Ebersold’s bond was set at $25,000 each, which they posted. Both are scheduled to appear in Marion County Circuit Court on January 18, at 10:00.

Assisting in the investigation were the Flippin Police Department and 14th Judicial Drug Task Force.

Blane Ebersold

(Houston) – The Texas County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted on stealing charges, and who is a person of interest in other crimes.

43-year-old Timothy Hale of Springfield is charged with felony stealing in connection with a number of scrap metal thefts throughout the area. Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson says that a search warrant was served earlier this month at a home south of Houston. Watson says that a number of reportedly stolen items were recovered from the home.

Watson said Hale is traveling with a middle-aged white female and is possibly driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota extended cab truck with a license plate of 3HH-743.

Anyone with information can call their local police department or the county sheriff’s department at 417-967-4165.

Auditor Schweich

(Jefferson City) – State Auditor Tom Schweich has released the audit of Ozark County and given the county a “Fair” rating.

In a summary report released by the auditor’s office, Presiding Commissioner David Morrison may have had a conflict of interest when he signed a lease agreement between the county and a not-for-profit organization for which he served as president. The report also says that the county commission meetings do not reflect the discussion or vote to approve the lease, and it is not clear how the county established the lease rate of $300 per month or why it did not advertise the property for lease or solicit competitive bids.

The report also says Sheriff Raymond Pace did not solicit bids, as was required, to purchase a patrol sports utility vehicle and related equipment with federal funds and, six months later, purchased two similar vehicles for less.

The county is also accused of not sufficiently reducing the General Revenue property tax levy for sales tax receipts and has accumulated approximately $50,000 in excess property tax revenue. The report recommends the county commission should reduce the General Revenue property tax levy to compensate for the excess.

To view the complete report, Citizens Summary and audit rating scale, click here.

(Jefferson City) (AP) — The Missouri Conservation Department has announced the 2012 hunting seasons for turkey and deer.

The regular spring turkey hunting season will be April 16 to May 6. The fall turkey gun season will be the month of October. The youth spring turkey season will be March 31 and April 1 — a week earlier than normal to avoid the Easter holiday.

The agency says bag limits, shooting hours and other turkey hunting regulations remain unchanged for 2012.

Conservation officials also have set November 10 as opening day for the firearms deer season.

(Ava) – A West Plains man has been charged in a shooting incident that occurred December 22 in the Mark Twain National Forest.

20-year-old Bryan Wake was arrested and charged with First Degree Assault with Serious Injury, Armed Criminal Action, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Interfering with Hunting.

Court documents allege that Wake fired on a group of hunters in Mark Twain National Forest in Douglas County, striking a man, identified as Gary Pace, in the leg. Wake allegedly then fled the scene and disposed of the rifle.

Wake was picked up a while later and the gun was recovered. Wake was charged and held in the Douglas County Jail in Ava on $250,000 bond.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri state senator is proposing legislation to require everyone witnessing sexual abuse of a child to report it to authorities.

Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch his bill is directed only at people who witness sexual abuse. The proposed legislation would make failing to report child sex abuse a misdemeanor with a punishment of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Right now, only teachers, doctors, medical professionals and clergy are required to report suspected child abuse.

Earlier this year, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked lawmakers to extend the current mandatory reporting law to everyone. Critics say the legislation might lead to unwarranted reports of abuse, making it difficult to investigate legitimate child abuse cases.

(West Plains) – There is some confusion about the demolition of the Butler house in Butler Children’s Park. City Public Information Officer Laurel Thompson explains:

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The surveys are out now to determine what project should be earmarked for the ½ cent CIP tax coming up on the April ballot in West Plains. Surveys are available at West Plains City Hall.

(Jefferson City) – The Ozark Trails Association of Shannon County will be receiving over $73,000 to construct a backcountry hiking trail in the area known as Roger Pryor Backcountry.

The grant, totaling $73,575, is one of 11 trail projects in Missouri that will be sharing $1.3 million worth of funding through the federal Recreational Trails Program.

The proposed “non-vehicle” trail in Shannon County was recommended by the Missouri Trails Advisory Board.

From the West Plains Schools:

(West Plains) – On Friday December 9, the Great Plains Math League Contest was held at Missouri State University West Plains.

Senior, Tyler Eggert took 1st place in the 12th Grade Target Competition, 2nd Place over all Target Competition, 1st place in the 12th Grade Sprint Competition and finally 2nd Place over all Sprint Competition.

Junior, Laura Grisham took 4th Place in the 11th Grade Sprint Competition.