October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this is a problem that continues to plague families from all walks of life. Domestic violence is defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Man facing sixth DWI charge
Felony charges were filed against the following people by the Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney between September 23 and October 1:
County coming up short on jail revenue
Crawford County is concerned about coming up with the funds to make the November payment on the jail bond this year. The payment due is $323,676.88, and the jail fund currently has just $191,748.27 in it (before October expenses). Commissioners met in the jail conference room on Friday, October 3 to discuss the situation and potential avenues to come up with the necessary money.
County commission notes from September
Associate commissioners Kenny Killeen and Paul Watson gave Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders authority to give the proxy vote for the county for the Steelville Telephone Exchange Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting for the Steelville Telephone Exchange, held at the Steelville High School on Monday, September 8.
Man arrested for targeting elderly with construction scam
An area man has been arrested and is currently in jail on charges for allegedly exploiting several elderly Phelps County residents by contracting with them to do construction work that was never completed.
Bid awarded for bridge work
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is moving forward with replacement of the Highway 8 Bridge over Dry Fork Creek east of St. James. Work is slated to take place between January and October 2015.