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 Pulaski County Daily News

One dead, one 'very seriously ill' following meningitis outbreak on FLW
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Feb. 16, 2009) — One soldier is dead and a second is hospitalized in “very serious” condition following a meningitis outbreak that hit Fort Leonard Wood this month, post officials announced Sunday. The two cases are apparently unrelated and both involve a non-contagious type of meningitis. In the first case, a soldier from a basic training unit was diagnosed with meningitis on Feb. 5 and later died. The second case involved a 28-year-old in basic training who is listed as “very seriously ill but in stable condition” at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield after being diagnosed Friday with a strep pneumonia infection leading to a non-contagious complication of meningitis. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

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Sheriff J.B. King
Sheriff's View #8 for Feb. 16 to 20
Despite the much nicer weather, the past few days have been quite calm on the work front, which probably means that things will go down the pipe very shortly. I do not have anything major to report this week but I do have a number of minor items to relate. I have submitted the 2008 racial profile report the Missouri Attorney General's Office. As you may remember, we are required to fill out a racial profile report on each vehicle stop completed by the deputies for the year. If my memory has not failed me we had 1,050 stops for 2008. In the year 2007 we had 523 stops to report, so you can clearly see that we did pick up the pace this past year. There is no way we can operate the dispatch unit with only four people in rotation on a 24/7/365 day basis without incurring tremendous overtime hours by the dispatchers. Our only ace in the hole with dispatch is the fact we have one deputy cross-trained to be a dispatcher with the necessary certifications to be able to operate in the MULES system. However, we also lost two full-time deputy positions during the budget and we have one deputy out on long-term sick leave. When we take the working road deputy off the road and put her in the dispatch unit to help them out then we are a full four deputies short on those shifts. Over the past four years, we have attempted to improve our entry procedure into our work force by new-hire deputies. The basic idea has been to put together a solid field-training officer (FTO) program to help the new deputy quickly learn the correct way to do the job within our system. As a member of the Missouri State Highway patrol I was a FTO for the patrol and trained a number of new troopers. This past week we sent two of our deputies to Jefferson City to attend the State Patrol's FTO School. It is my hope that we will put together a basic training course of at least eight weeks for our new deputies to learn under the observation of a trained FTO. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Sheriff J.B. King

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