Suspect caught after high-speed chase was carrying $50,000 in cash
A high-speed chase on Interstate 44 December 29 led to the arrest of a Springfield man with a record as a persistent drug offender. After he was successfully stopped on the highway, it was allegedly discovered that a large amount of cash and drugs, along with two firearms, were in his car.
Former funeral home director questions coroner's figures
• Commissioners deny budget increase
Former Cuba funeral home owner Don Britton approached Crawford County Commissioners at their December 31 meeting to question recent information provided by Coroner Paul Hutson on the number of cases he reviews annually. He also reiterated an opinion he’s voiced before—that Hutson, who operates a funeral home business in addition to his coroner’s duties—uses his elected position to benefit his personal work.
First responders ask commissioners to pass ordinance requring smoke detectors
Local first responders approached the Crawford County Commission early in December to ask for their help in protecting local citizens from fire. Steelville Ambulance Administrator Bill Patt was the spokesman for the group, which asked commissioners to consider implementing an ordinance that would require smoke and carbon dioxide detectors prior to the connection of utilities for both residences and businesses.
Fire destroys building at Wurdack Farms
Steelville fire personnel were called out on Sunday to fight a blaze at Wurdack Farms near Cook Station. A commercial building was fully involved upon their arrival, and was a total loss.
Crawford County commissioners considered the county’s University of Missouri Extension Office budget at their meeting on December 17. Pat Snodgrass, program director for the office, made an appeal for an additional $5,000 over last year’s allotted budget, citing the desire to give a pay increase to a secretary and concerns about recent years’ cuts to their budget, as the necessity for the increase. For 2013, the office received around $47,000, and the request for 2014 is close to $52,000.
Deputy coroner won't get back pay
Darren Dake, Crawford County Deputy Coroner, came to the December 17 county commission meeting to once again air his grievances against the county for concerns with his salary. The latest problem arose when Coroner Paul Hutson discovered that his budget had included a raise for Dake for the past two years, but had not been paid because Hutson had not followed county procedure in directing the payroll department to change Dake’s salary.