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 Pulaski County Daily News

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Rothmund's Towing personnel clean up the wreckage from a Saturday night rollover.
Crocker woman cited Sunday after fleeing Saturday rollover
TURKEY RIDGE, Mo. (March 16, 2009) — State troopers announced Sunday that they have located and issued citations to the woman who rolled a blue 1990 Chevy S-10 pickup truck about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Raceway Road about halfway between Highway W and Highway 7. Mary Catherine Kulick, 42, of Crocker, was not injured in the rollover wreck, according to Sgt. Darryl Suhr of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “I got her tracked down tonight,” Suhr said Sunday night. “She was issued two tickets as a result of my investigation, one for careless and imprudent driving, and one for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. She was released after the issuance of the tickets.” In unrelated Sunday incidents, state troopers arrested Malissa R. Hightower, 36, of Richland, and Laci N. Hearst, 22, of Festus, on various charges. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

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Officer Candidates Caleb Keltner, left, and Rick Branson are out in front of some of their classmates during a ten-mile road march at Fort Leonard Wood.
Guard officer candidates learn value of teamwork in ten-mile road march
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (March 16, 2009) — All eight Missouri National Guardsmen who participated in the Regional Training Institute’s Officer Candidate School ten-mile road march Saturday successfully completed it in the mandatory 3.5 hours. Capt. Erin Slawinski, a primary platoon trainer for the school, said there is more to be learned from the march than overcoming the physical challenges. “It’s just for endurance and to teach teamwork,” she said. “They have to come out and recon the route, so all of that is included.” During the march, officer candidates carried full gear, including a 35-pound backpack and an M-16 assault rifle.  Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Matthew J. Wilson/Missouri National Guard

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Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall responds to Sheriff J.B. King.
Sheriff warns county dispatch on verge of collapse, says Obama's stimulus could help
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 16, 2009) — Sheriff J.B. King warned county commissioners Monday morning that he may soon be forced to turn dispatching over to the Pulaski County 911 Center due to resignations, sickness and staff cutbacks. While some have advocated that step as a way to save money, both King and his predecessor, Sheriff J.T. Roberts, strongly opposed it. Asked for a cost estimate, King said he’s been told by Pulaski County 911 Director Michelle Graves that the county would have to pay about $60,000 per year for 911 personnel to handle the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System terminal that’s currently maintained by the sheriff’s dispatchers. In addition, King warned that his jailers consider it an unacceptable risk to be left alone in the courthouse with more than two dozen inmates. Asked by commissioners to propose a solution, King said President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package may provide an option to hire new deputies, provided that the county is willing to pay the salary for the additional deputies four years from now. “As part of the stimulus program they have put out a grant that they will pay 100 percent for three years and the county would have to pick up the cost for only one year,” King said. “It appears the emphasis will get put on filling unfunded vacancies or people who have been lost.” King noted that from what he’s read so far, the grant would only allow him to hire additional commissioned officers and might not allow him to hire new jailers or new dispatchers. However, King said it may be possible for him to put officers through a training program in which they serve a specified period of time working as dispatchers and as jailers before they go on the road to work as deputies. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

 Area Voices

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Tourism Director Beth Wiles
Keeping in Touch with Tourism: County is good for conferences
Pulaski County hosted the Missouri RV Parks and Campground Association this past month. This was a three day state conference featuring a vendor area and seminars. Approximately 50 individuals from across the state, as well as vendors from as far away as Florida, attended this conference. If you belong to an association or organization that might benefit holding their conference or educational seminars in our centralized location of the state, please let us know. We would be happy to assist them in bringing their event to Pulaski County. Our staff assists with room, restaurant, catering, entertainment and meeting space bids, as well as welcome packets. Encouraging groups to meet in Pulaski County helps our communities grow through tax dollar revenues received from these visiting groups. It also familiarizes them with all that we have to offer. w88 contactClick here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Beth Wiles, Pulaski Tourism Director

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Sheriff J.B. King
Sheriff’s View #12 for March 16 to 20, 2009
This week seems to be somewhat off kilter just a few inches because for the first time ever I find myself typing a column on Sunday from my office instead of my home. And the reason for this is because we are out of people to work the road. Hopefully I will be able to finish the column before I get sent on the next call. We found ourselves caught short this weekend with only one day car and one night car to handle the road job. So I “volunteered” to back both shifts up as long as I could stay awake. The only saving grace was that the midnight shift had two cars so I did not have to try that madness at my advanced age. We had the same problem last week so I am starting to get used to the extra hours. What can I tell you about the department at this time? Most of my news is still grim. We are still short on deputies. I do have one sick leave deputy in the office today for light duty and so far we have kept her busy. We have her doing jobs that have been put off forever but they are filing and sorting case file type jobs and I think she would rather be on the road. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Sheriff J.B. King


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