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A High Ridge resident has been arrested and arraigned on charges of evading paying sales taxes, fraudulently posing as a Missouri auto dealer, and defrauding the Missouri Department of Conservation by stopping payment on a check he used to purchase vehicles from the department. Robert B. Hector, 46-years of age, surrendered to Dent County court
authorities Thursday, January 7th
in Salem. He was arraigned on the same day, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 4th
. He is free on bond of $45,000. Hector is charged with fraudulently obtaining five vehicles and their titles at a Department of Conservation surplus property auction on October 17th
in Salem. He bought three pickup trucks and two Dodge Caravans at the auction and is charged with stopping payment on the check used to pay for the vehicles. Hector is also charged with representing himself as a Missouri motor vehicle dealer to avoid paying sales tax when purchasing the vehicles. The purported business he was representing, Worldwide Capital A/S, is not a licensed Missouri dealership. Normally, a person purchasing a vehicle must pay sales tax on the purchase. However, licensed dealers do not have to pay sales tax for such a transaction. Hector is also accused of selling the vehicles to a legitimate motor vehicle dealership using the fraudulent titles. A special agent of the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Bureau investigated the case and provided details to the Dent County Prosecutor’s Office so that the charges against Hector could be levied. Nick Humphrey, director of the Criminal Investigation Bureau refers to this as a brazen case of fraud and tax evasion and believes Mr. Hector deprived the Department of Conservation of the proper payments for its vehicles, he evaded paying the sales taxes he owed, and he misrepresented himself on the titles and to other people as a legitimate dealer when he bought and sold the vehicles. Blatant fraud such as this against Missouri citizens and the state government needs to be rectified to discourage others from doing the same thing in the future.
The Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center have changed their hours for January. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
An accident happened at 8:03 Tuesday morning in Texas County on Highway 17 about five miles south of Success. According to the highway patrol report, a 1997 International Bluebird School Bus driven by 47-year old Mickey Wilson of Licking was traveling northbound on highway 17. The bus ran off the road and struck a utility pole. Wilson suffered moderate injury and was taken to the Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston by Ground ambulance. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The school bus sustained moderate damage and was removed from the scene by A1 Towing of Houston.
The Salem Police Department released their reports involving shoplifting, theft, a mental commitment order and a traffic violation. On Saturday, January 9th at 2:50 pm, an officer was detailed to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifting incident that led to the arrest of a 28-year old Salem woman for stealing $25.58 worth of merchandise. She was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. At 8:25 that evening, an officer was dispatched back to Wal-Mart in reference to another shoplifting incident that led to the arrest of a 33-year old Salem man for stealing $17.47 worth of merchandise. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Sunday morning, January 10th at 7:30, an officer was sent to 1000 Highway 19 south to the Walnut Bowl Motel in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed the victim placed several CD’s, WII game and prescription medications, in an unsecured vehicle. Upon returning to the vehicle about 30 minutes later, they discovered all the items were missing. At 7:00 that evening, officers were detailed to the Salem Memorial Hospital in reference to a mental commitment order. A 45-year-old Sparta woman was taken into custody and transported to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains, and released to their custody. On Monday, January 11th at 8:00 pm a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation that led to the arrest of a 47-year old Salem man for the traffic violation and possession of marijuana. He was issued summons to appear in court and released. Anyone with information on the theft, which is still under investigation, is ask to call Salem Police Department at 729-4242.
The City of Salem Winter Youth Basketball Program is just around the corner. Sign-ups will be held this Thursday and Friday, January 14th and 15th. All sign-ups will be held in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center (formerly the National Guard Armory.) These will be the ONLY sign-ups for the Winter Basketball program. This program is for all boys and girls that are currently enrolled in the 1st-6th grades. The cost is $15.00 per child. For any additional information, please contact Greg Nash at the City of Salem Parks & Rec. Dept. at 729-6290.
The Sullivan Eagles hit seven three-pointers in the first half en route to a 66-47 win over the Salem Tigers Tuesday night in Sullivan. Salem was led in scoring by Jacob Kettner with 14 points and Phillip Moser with 12 points. The Tigers fall to 3-8 on the year. They will travel to Houston Friday night.
The Missouri Tigers face Texas Tech tonight starting at 7:30 on KSMO. Missouri is 13-3 on the year.
Alexander Steen scored a pair of goals, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1 at Scottrade Center. Jay McClement had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who have won eight straight games at home versus the Blue Jackets. B.J. Crombeen scored the other goal for St. Louis, which has won two in a row following a seven-game skid. Chris Mason made 26 saves for the victors. The Blues will face Minnesota Thursday night.
Funeral for Jerry Wayne Bradshaw of St. James, age 57, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Anutt Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jerry Bradshaw funeral expenses.
Memorial services for Edythe (Edyie) Gable of Rolla, formerly of Salem, age 84, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the First Assembly of God Church in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church in Rolla.
Funeral services for Jacqueline Marie Tipton of Cherryville, age 72, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis.
Funeral services for Billy Joel Richmond of Salem, age 23, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Harmony Church.
Memorial services for Doris Jones of St. James, age 93, will be held Thursday at 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 the day of the services.
Funeral services for James “Jim” Brand of Steelville, age 79, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Pleasant Point Cemetery.
Funeral services for Julia Mae Dotson of Steelville, age 89, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem.
Funeral services for Olive Ruetz of Steelville, age 94, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
Today..Mostly sunny, high around 50.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low near 30.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy with some drizzle, high of 46.
Thursday night..Cloudy with patchy fog, low of 34.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a chance for drizzle, high of 45.
Friday night..Mostly cloudywith a chance for drizzle, low near 30.