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According to Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings, an investigation is ongoing after the discovery of a dismantled methamphetamine lab that was found on November 21st in a pasture across the county road from the Hepsoda Baptist Church. Stallings said that some of the evidence discovered, some orange tubing and duct tape, has been sent to the Highway Patrol crime lab for DNA and latent finger print analysis. Stallings said that deputies found a five-gallon gasoline container with orange tubing coming from it which had a strong chemical odor that is consistent with a meth lab. Deputies also found a white plastic bag, a half-gallon milk container with rubber tubing protruding from the top, an assortment of lithium strips, an empty package of dry ice, and a small plastic bottle with duct tape wrapped around the top. All of the items are consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Stallings said that there are no suspects at this time.
Captain Kyle Marquart, Director of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, announced the results of a joint narcotics investigation in Crawford County. On Wednesday, November 24th after a short-term narcotic investigation, officers of the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol executed a search warrant on a warehouse located at 2164 Spurgeon Road in Cuba. As a result of the search warrant, methamphetamine, a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, and articles of drug paraphernalia were seized. Arrested at the scene were three Gasconade County residents: 25-year old Anthony B. Barton, 31-year old Michael J. Fischer, and 22- year old Spencer T. Vaughn. The Crawford County Prosecutor formally charged the three individuals with manufacturing a controlled substance. All three individuals are being held in the Crawford County Jail in lieu of a $7,500 bond. The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force. Its members include the sheriff’s departments of Crawford, Camden, Gasconade, Pulaski, Laclede, and Maries counties, as well as the Lebanon and Osage Beach police departments.
The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct a special meeting this afternoon at 1:00 at the City Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington. After approval of the agenda, the Board will go into Closed Session.
The Trees and Trains Exhibit is now open at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center. The holiday exhibit includes more than 30 displays including beautifully decorated Christmas trees, as well a nice selection of trains and miniature trains. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday now through Christmas Eve. The exhibit consists of trees furnished and decorated by local individuals, organizations, churches and businesses. The exhibitors have a sign on the exhibit so the public knows who put the tree on display. Tree entries may have a theme or title, and some trees even have a unique story to them that is also presented at the tree location. All trees are artificial and lighting is miniature type. Santa will also be visiting the exhibit from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 11th and the 18th. No admission will be charged, but donations may be made during the exhibit and they will benefit the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. For more information about the exhibit contact the ONCRC at 729-0029 or visit the center at 202 South Main Street.
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Salem invite everyone to come out and get into the holiday spirit at the 2010 Christmas Parade entitled, “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” that will be held on Saturday, December 4th beginning at 5:30 pm. The parade route runs from the old Fairgrounds (corner of South Grand and Franklin) to the Dent County Courthouse. Performing at the Dent County Courthouse at the official lighting of the courthouse after the parade will be the Salem Upper-Elementary Honors Choir, the Salem Senior High School Band and the Salem Senior High School Chamber Choir. For more information, call the Salem Area Chamber at 729-6900.
The final registration for this year’s Toys for Tots will be at the Dent County Fire Protection District Firehouse from 3:00 to 7:00 TODAY. The program is for children birth thru age 12. Parents or guardians need to bring verification of the child’s age, that the child lives with them, and proof that the child is a Dent County resident (such as utility bill). Only registered children are allowed to participate in the toy drive. The toy pick-up date is December 21st. For more information, please contact Fire Chief Brad Nash at 729-3250.
The Salvation Army Service Unit of Dent County would like to announce that this year’s Christmas kettle campaign is going on now through Friday, December 24th. The kettles will be located at Wal-Mart, Country Mart, and Dollar General. Counter Kettles will be placed at various locations around Dent County. This year’s goal is $21,000 and with the continuation of a local mail appeal and the hundreds of volunteer hours donated by individuals, businesses, and clubs to ring the bell at the Christmas kettle, the Salvation Army is hopeful that local citizens will support this campaign generously as they have in the past. This year, David Dittman, a Vice-President at the Bank of Salem, will serve as the Honorary Christmas Campaign Chairman and he thanks everyone for their donation on money, time or both during this Christmas season to make it a brighter 2011 for hose less fortunate. The funds raised during this campaign will be used to assist the citizens of Dent County with utility assistance, and prescriptions. The Salvation Army also supplies local school children with backpacks, and provides assistance to families who have lost everything due to a fire. The generosity of the citizens of Dent County will enable the local Salvation Army to continue to meet the needs of those who need assistance in 2011. If you would like to help by ringing the bell as the Christmas kettle or need additional information about the local Salvation Army, please call Jim and Diane Boulware at 729-6685 or Sherry Lea at 729-8163.
Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and added an assist, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots as Washington won in St. Louis for the first time in 14 years with a 4-1 victory. Alexander Steen scored the lone goal for the Blues, who have dropped their past four contests. Jaroslav Halak was charged with three goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Blues will be in Edmonton Saturday night.
The University of Missouri Basketball Team will be at Oregon tonight to face the Ducks starting at 9:30. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio. Missouri is 5-1 on the year.
Three University of Missouri football standouts were named first-team All-Big 12 by league coaches. Senior Tim Barnes at center, junior tight end Michael Egnew, and sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith all earned first-team designation. A pair of underclassmen, sophomore wide receiver T.J. Moe and junior defensive end Jacquies Smith, both earned second-team All-Big 12 honors, while 11 other Tigers won honorable-mention all-league acclaim.
Be sure and check out the Salem Lady Tiger softball website. It has teams from the very beginning of Salem softball to the present. There are pictures and videos as well as information about the team. There are also different polls and articles from great coaches to read. The Salem Lady Tigers need 1,000 people to check it out their site during the month of December and the team gets $100 if they get 1,000 different people to look at the website. Pass this on to your family and friends and help the Salem Lady Tigers reach their goal. www.ihigh.com/salem/
New York Jets kick returner and former Mizzou QB Brad Smith has been chosen as the AFC's top special team players for Week 12. Smith returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score in the Jets' Thanksgiving Day win over Cincinnati, recorded a 53-yard rushing touchdown, and totaled 200 all-purpose yards in earning his second career player of the week award.
The Kansas City Chiefs added some depth to their secondary on Wednesday by signing cornerback Mike Richardson.
Funeral services for Kathleen Burch of Vichy, age 73, will be held Friday 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.
A celebration of life for Dr. Jay Gordon Crump, age 60, will be held on Sunday, December 19th at the Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla from 10:00 in the morning until 2;00 in the afternoon with a tribute service at noon. Memorials may be made to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s Foundation: the Jay Crump, DO Medical Scholarship Fund. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.
Today..Partly cloudy, high of 48.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 28.
Friday and Friday night..Partly cloudy, high of 49, low of 35.
Saturday..Partly sunny and breezy, high around 40.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 22.
Sunday..Partly cloudy, high of 36.