River shooter found guilty, sentenced to 25 years in prison
James Crocker was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday. The trial, held in Crawford County, was the result of a shooting on the Meramec River in July of 2013 that resulted in the death of Paul Franklin Dart, Jr. A jury was selected on Monday, and evidence was heard from a number of witnesses on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Felony charges filed between April 26 and May 9
The following felony charges were filed by the Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney between April 26 and May 9:
County reviews actions taken in response to audit
Audit review hearings were held at the May 6 Crawford County Commission meeting as an effort by commissioners to ensure that recommendations made by state auditors in last year’s report were being implemented. The hearings were held at the suggestion of District #2 Commissioner Kenny Killeen to check in on the progress of various offices in becoming compliant with issues raised during the last audit.
Sullivan residents to see big tax hike
Sullivan residents of Crawford County will see an increase in the tax on their utilities beginning with their April billing, just like all other residents of the county. County commissioners approved the quarter-cent increase in December of last year for E-911, and the city of Sullivan received notification from the Missouri Department of Revenue that the utility tax should be collected in April. However, in looking into the tax, it was discovered that Sullivan had not been collecting the existing half-cent domestic utilities tax for the Crawford County Capital Improvement Tax. As a result, city of Sullivan residents will now see an increase of three-quarters of a cent in their utility tax.
Senior tax board calls in Golden Echoes to answer question
Unanswered questions from a February meeting led a Crawford County Senior Citizens Services Fund Board member to write a letter asking that they be addressed. At Monday’s board meeting, the issue was addressed, and resolved, in spite of some differences of opinion among the members.
Meramec River shooting trial still set for this month
The trial of a Cuba man who was arrested for allegedly killing a man along the Meramec River in a dispute of land-use rights will proceed later this month, despite a notification to the contrary being sent out to parties following the case.