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 Pulaski County Daily News

Missouri National Guard mobilized following Sunday tornado in Joplin
JOPLIN, Mo. (May 23, 2011) — A Sunday night tornado striking Joplin has led to the mobilization of the Missouri National Guard. St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, two fire stations, and Joplin High School were among the public buildings damaged or destroyed by the tornado, along with commercial business areas. Casualty totals are still unknown but preliminary reports include 89 dead. “As soon as we heard the news of the tornados, the Missouri National Guard began mobilization activities,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, in a prepared statement. “The 35th Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, is the task force command and has a variety of soldiers working in leadership and support roles,” said National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Tamara Spicer, who said most of the soldiers currently on the ground are from southwest Missouri. State troopers reported at 5:19 a.m. today that the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 were still closed at Exit 18 in Joplin due to overturned tractor-trailers from the tornado, with a reopening time unknown but expected to take several more hours which caused several crashes that forced closure of the interstate. The eastbound lanes had been closed as late at 1:36 a.m. but are now reopened. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

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Missouri National Guardsmen work in Joplin.
National Guard begins Joplin mission
CARTHAGE, Mo. (May 23, 2011) – Immediately after being activated by Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri National Guard began tornado relief operations in Joplin. Approximately 140 Guardsmen are assisting in search and rescue missions in support of local authorities, and are expected to conduct a number of missions in the upcoming days including emergency route clearance, communications support, door-to-door safety visits and security. Among those responding are the soldiers of the 117th Engineer Team, of Monett, and 294th Engineer Company, of Carthage and Anderson. Additionally, a Joint Task Force Communications Kit out of Jefferson City is in route to assist local authorities. The troops are part of a task force which is organized under the 203rd Engineer Battalion and is using the Carthage Armory as a power projection platform to stage and deploy troops to Joplin. The Missouri National Guard has a total force of more than 11,500 Guard members who are ready to respond. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Maj. Tamara Spicer/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs

Pulaski County emergency responders mobilize for Joplin tornado victims
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (May 23, 2011) — When a New Years’ Eve tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood, donations poured in to help numerous soldiers and families who lost their homes even though nobody was killed. Less than a day after a major tornado struck Joplin and killed at least 89 people, Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk, Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King and Pulaski County Ambulance Director Gary Carmack announced that they’re working to send emergency supplies as well as trained personnel to provide emergency relief in Joplin. w88 contactClick here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Saunchegrow wins a round in long-running battle with Bassett family
DIXON, Mo. (May 21, 2011) — The case is far from over, but Dale Saunchegrow won a round Thursday afternoon in a long-running dispute with Dixon businessman Arnold Bassett, 68, and other members of his family who run Bassett Realty in that community. Saunchegrow, 58, a retired union worker, is accused of shooting multiple rounds into Bassett’s pickup truck on April 29 of last year; Bassett is accused of trying to run over Saunchegrow’s riding lawnmower. Both say they acted in self-defense; Saunchegrow claims he needs to access property near Bassett’s land as the designated representative of a private water company. This week’s case stems from the lawnmower-pickup shooting incident but isn’t directly connected. After that lawnmower-pickup incident, Saunchegrow and the Bassetts asked the court system for ex-parte no-contact orders against each other. Thursday’s hearing dealt with the narrower issues of whether a no-contact order should be issued against the parties on either side of the dispute and whether Saunchegrow had violated an earlier no-contact order barring him from stalking Malinda Bassett by driving past the real estate office. Malinda Bassett is Arnold Bassett’s daughter-in-law and works in the family business with her husband, Kent Bassett. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

 Area Voices

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Sheriff J.B. King
Sheriff’s View #10 for March 7 to 11, 2011
We had a busy week. We made a number of arrests in burglary, stealing, and receiving stolen property cases last week as we tried to clean out the nests of thieves around the county. I sent out news releases on those cases at the time so I will not repeat that news. As I wrote a second ago, we had two gunshot victims last week. While we determined that one was a suicide case, the investigation took time because our policy is to treat any such case as a murder until we know for a fact that it was not a murder. A good thorough investigation takes time and resources to work toward a conclusion. When we had the second case, it was quickly apparent that this was a murder. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Sheriff J.B. King

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