Tuesday afternoon, United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., in Cape Girardeau sentenced 44-year old James Tebeau to 30 months on one felony count of maintaining a drug-involved premises, fined $50,000, and ordered to serve 200 hours of community service. He has also agreed to forfeit to the United States approximately 350 acres in Shannon County, Missouri, known as Camp Zoe. According to court documents, from 2004 until October 2010, Tebeau managed a campground consisting of approximately 350 acres known as Camp Zoe. Tebeau used Camp Zoe as a location to hold various weekend music festivals known as "Schwagstock" or "Spookstock" festivals. Those festivals would normally be held from April through October on a monthly basis, and would last for three days. He would arrange for various bands to come to Camp Zoe and Tebeau would also perform with his band, "The Schwag Band." Tebeau charged each person who attended a music festival $60 admission for entrance to Camp Zoe for the three day festival. Each person who paid admission had an armband placed on their wrist by a Camp Zoe employee. The number of people who attended each festival ranged from a low of 3,600 campers during April festivals to a high of nearly 8,000 campers for the festivals in May, for an average 5,000. The campers parked their vehicles in fields on Camp Zoe and camped in tents and small personal camping trailers. In August of 2006, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested two individuals who had been selling illegal mushrooms at Camp Zoe. In the ensuing investigation over the next four years, officers made over 150 undercover purchases of illegal drugs that included marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, ecstacy, cocaine, LSD, MDMA, opium, moonshine liquor, and products such as homemade cookies and cakes containing hashish oil. Officers observed 100 to 200 drug sellers at each festival, and estimated that the total amount of illegal drugs sold in the camp during a typical Schwagstock festival was approximately $500,000 per event. Tebeau admitted that he was responsible for the operation of the camp, and that he was aware of the drug use. Tebeau also admitted that he had instructed his employees that certain types of drugs were permissible in the campground, like marijuana, LSD and mushrooms, but other drugs were not permitted and they were instructed to eject persons who sold crack cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin or nitrous oxide gas. Tebeau stated that he did not participate in any drug sales nor did he receive any funds from the sale of any controlled substances. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the parties agreed that the defendant’s sentence should be 30 months imprisonment and that the defendant would forfeit Camp Zoe; but the agreement also allowed Tebeau to appeal the District Court’s denial of his Motion to Dismiss the Indictment. As part of that agreement, the government conceded that Tebeau himself did not have the intent to sell or use controlled substances; but Tebeau in turn admitted that he did intend to make Camp Zoe available to sellers and users of controlled substances. United States Attorney Richard Callahan noted that while it was unusual to allow a defendant to appeal as part of a plea agreement, the unique circumstances in this case, i.e. the fact that the drug house statute was being applied to a concert venue, justified the exception. This case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Shannon County Sheriff's Department, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Keith D. Sorrell handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozark past to life during the Haunting in the Hills event to be held Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at Alley Spring. The annual FREE event features folkway demonstrations, re-enactments, hands-on activities, food vendors, and traditional dancing, bluegrass and folk music. Local skilled crafts people will demonstrate from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Experience Ozark pioneer folkways and traditions such as basket weaving, bobbin lace making, spinning, wood carving, blacksmithing, chair caning and the making of household supplies of soap, candles, rope, brooms, apple butter and cider. Learn about Ozark history through the Fur Trapping Rendezvous, exhibited by the Ozark Long Rifle Association and the Civil War Encampment. Young people can become Ozark pioneers by trying their hands at dipping candles, making rope, or shelling corn from the cob. Attend the one-room Storey’s Creek School and experience a school day from 100 years ago. Recess was a time for fun. Play with toys and games that would have been enjoyed on the playground long, long ago. When night falls, a very different setting emerges during the Tales from Ozark’s Dark Side on Saturday evening, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Illuminated pathways will guide your way through Ozark legends, folktales, mysteries, superstitions, and natural wonders for spellbinding age-old storytelling. Visitors are encouraged to bring along flashlights. Tales and legends include a variety of folktales and Ozark superstitions, the story of the Wreck of the Spur Line, the search for the Ozark Karkaghne Monster, a Graveyard Tour and the Legend of the Slater Mine. Alley Mill is located six miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Highway 106. For more info, call (573) 226-3945 or (573) 323-4236.
The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging will help you review your Medicare Part D drug coverage, FREE of charge! Medicare Plan D plans change premiums, deductibles, co-pays and formularies every year. The CMCAA can help you find the plan that best meets you personal needs and financial situation. Jackie Overby, a CMCAA Care Coordinator, will work with you using the Medicare Plan Finder to find plans available, plus she can review your eligibility for the three programs that can help you reduce the cost of prescription drugs or premiums, and your Medicare Part B premium. The open enrollment dates will begin on October 15th and end December 7th this year. All Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to call 729-5697 to make an appointment.
The Salem Lady Tiger Volleyball team lost to Willow Springs in two sets on Tuesday, 25-14 and 25-13. Salem will next play at Thayer on Thursday with action starting at 6:00.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be in Washington today to face the Nationals in Game 3 of the NLDS. St. Louis will send Chris Carpenter to the mound to pitch against former Cardinal Edwin Jackson. The series is tied 1-1 and you’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio at 11:32.
The St. Louis Cardinals made a change to their playoff roster on Tuesday, replacing injured pitcher Jaime Garcia with pitcher Shelby Miller. Garcia suffered a left rotator cuff strain during Monday's game and could miss the rest of the postseason.
CBS Sports named Missouri Basketball junior Phil Pressey a Preseason First Team All-American on Monday. A finalist for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, Pressey helped lead Mizzou to a 30-5 record last season and shattered the school record with 223 assists over 35 games. Pressey was a First Team All-Big 12 pick by CBS Sports last season and was a Big 12 All-Tournament Team selection after the Tigers claimed the league title in Kansas City. In addition to Pressey, fellow backcourt mate Mike Dixon, was named as a Preseason Second Team All-American by the Sporting News. Dixon was actually Missouri’s most efficient scorer in league play a year ago and was college basketball’s top scorer off the bench (13.5 ppg).
Funeral services for Arthur Dale Schrader of Salem, age 72, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors.
Funeral services for Robin Rene Kerr of Salem, age 51, will be held Friday at 1:00. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kerr family.