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2A " Feb. 5, 2004 Sec&apos;ond Front Page The Cuba Free Press V Commission and sheriff reach an agreement on salaries Continued from IA from the plan and that the salary for victim's services be cut by $750; the motion was seconded by Associate Commissioner Ed Mitchell. The agreement does allow for the hiring of two additional deputies (with starting salaries of $22,569) and a part- time court bailiff (starting at -$9,975). In exchange for having dropped the administrative assistant, Judge Seay wanted to have the commission move forward with plans to install commercial kitchen facilities ,and appropriate staff at the jail, so that federal prisoners may be housed there. In the past, the commission has resis- ted the sheriff's efforts to fur- nish a jail kitchen, fearing that associated costs would run too high. Because the budget was dlready in its final draft when the agreement was negotiated, revisions to the 2004 fiscal budget paperwork were neces- sary late Thursday, so that the county clerk would be able to deliver the county's finished budget plan at Jefferson City on Friday. Swyers noted how poor the timing of the court order was at budget deadline. The commission had agreed on Jan. 26 to appeal the entire court order by taking the mat- ter before a Judicial Financial Committee, after the sheriff seemed reluctant to compro- mise on the issue of salaries. Judge Seay made it known before Thursday's settlement that if the county's appeal moved forward, he would demand $20,000 be added to the circuit court's budget to pay for their attorney's fees during the appeal. Pearson also stated at that time that he'd be forced to remove him- self from the proceedings, due to a conflict of interest, and that the county would need to obtain outside legal represen- tation. Authorities afraid child molester may have more victims Continued from IA alcohol and driving around with them for four hours. Sometime after his release from prison in 1999, the sus- pect relocated to Crawford County, where he is registered as a sex offender in accordance :with state law. A departmental press ]celease sent out last week described the defendant as an "obvious danger to the children of the community that we sus- pect may have taken advan- tage of other children in the area over the past several parrS unbeknownst to their ents or police." Parents liv- ing in homes north of Leasburg on Hwy. H and also in the western section of Cuba are encouraged to speak with their children. If any children are found to have had dealings with Hopkins in the past, the parents are urged to call Detective Tom Wiber at the Sheriff's Department as soon as possible. Wiber can be contacted at his office by calling 573-775- 2125, extension 112. Election ballot for April will also contain several issues :ontlnued from IA lled on the Crawford County :R-1 Board of Education. Carol Hofstetter, Lee Eikermann, Carla Bostick, Timon Sans Souci, Grant Waller, and Jeff :Froning have announced their andidacies. Steelville : Running for mayor of Steelville are Diane Cape and Michael Woodard. Running unopposed as Ward 1 alder- man is Elaine Taylor and unopposed for Ward 2 alder- man is Pat Brown. Amy Payne- Rulo and Beverly Lunsford have filed in the election of city colIector. John Taylor, Connie Grandstaff, and Robin Wilkerson have filed for two open seats on the Steelville R- 3 School Board. Thomas Weisel and Lydle Davis have filed in the R-3 Board elections to fill a vacated seat for a spe- cial term of only one year. Leasburg There arq two seats open on the Leasburg board of trustees. Roger West, Warren Gurley, Angle Pinnell, and Helen Wright have filed in this election. Sullivan In the municipal elections, Jeffrey Busch and Deborah Campbell have filed for alder- man of Ward 3, and Judy McPherson and Julie Merrell have filed for the office of city collector. Sullivan voters will also decide whether or not to pass a half-cent sales tax for city trar sportation, which would be used for building an Elmont Road overpass at 1-44; the tax would sunset in 20 years or when the costs of the improvements are totally paid for, whichever comes first. In the Sullivan School District elections, Brian Beckett, Tammy Watz, and Kelly Krueger have filed for the two open seats on the board. Voters will also decide whether or not to approve $3.95 million in school bonds that would allow the district to purchase facilities currently under lease or otherwise con- struct, improve, furnish, and equip school buildings. The Sullivan Fire Protection District has proposed a proper- ty tax increase of 25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for the purposes of employing full- and part-time firefighters and acquiring new equipment. Eagle Scout project could bring new look to old city jail Continued from IA .etcetera." Boda said. help in cleaning up. "For example, my son asked i if a business would be willing :to donate wood. The troop will :help my son build it. They'll :dig holes, put the concrete in, If'a scout takes on the jail ject he might attempt locat- Ing a mason who would donate hqs time, perform improve- ments such as landscaping and enlist other troop members' Boda is assessing the proj- ect further with Public Works Director Bob Baldwin and the Crawford County Historical Society. Cuba addressing the below submitted an :bid untyof Geauga, State  :: Koch said minutes fromthe quit claim January 29: toudsm advisory Of Cuba;. board meeting recommended i for The ounbil property Koch said. he had estab- hours a March 1 a,m. atthe airport to coordination of a plan. in the eastbo 2005. The council approved the Alderman Les Murdock second reading of: Bill No. said the next Route 66 meeting 1297, an ordinance annexing certain adjacent property orn- will elected ed F monly referred to as the lg and Fran the old Kamler, Hayes, and Sanders ="khoff w-s -I--ted His ...... al " -' = uu . door to proper W into the city ( ong I- rmnltt t nr hm l::lP.kt n ...... C-- .v,.u ....... v " "V"-- "" 44), an(] Mayor John o n pro " Auditorium to be available for a claimed it Ordinance 956. MoDOT presentation on it The council also approved the second reading of Bill No. 1296, an ordinance annexing certain adjacent property com- monly referred to as the ljames property into the city (also along 1-44) and Koch pro- claimed it Ordinance 957. Bill No. 1303, an ordinance amending ordinance 930, establishing charges for City Natural Gas Department serv- ices to the customers of the city was approved and proclaimed Ordinance 958. Bill No. 1304, an ordinance authorizing the transfer of a parcel of land to Mar-Bal, Inc, Missouri Scenic B, Program was approved for March 16 at 6:30 p.m. to interest in but Murdock announced Earthquake Awareness Week is February 1-7 and he has a pamphlet available on the topic, The Crawford County Fair's theme this year will be Rockin' on Route 66, to be held July 14-17. An MRPC meeting will be held on February 22 with MoDOT, regarding the highway lem. Koch asked Police Chief discussed at the next meeting. ...... said a situation recently with an ambulance in Maple Shade Gardens elicited concern from Fran Eickhoff about parking in that area on narrow streets. Murdock said this issue has been discussed before about the traffic prob- and state. The next Emergency Preparedness meeting is scheduled for February 10 at 8:30 p.m. A Relay for Life Meeting will be held June 11 and 12. Tim Bailey to talk to a resident there. Executive session was canceled in Public Works Director Bob Baldwin's absence. Donation presented Chris Case Chamber President Jason Mehl presented Mike Schultz of the Cuba Ministerial Alliance a $2,500 check at last month's meeting. The money was collected by the Chamber the Drive-Thru Christmas Lights Display in December. Escapee f By Chris Case Assistant Editor WE Sullivan Police apprehend- ed a wanted man last week, after he had escaped their cus- tody at headquarters and bro- ken into a nearby home. Mark Anthony Brown, 31, address unknown, was arrest- ed Jan. 29 by a Sullivan officer, and transported to the city police station on an outstand- ing felony warrant for parole violations out of St. Louis Upon arriving at headquar- ters, while the suspect was being taken inside, he broke 'from the grasp of Officer Scott md in woman's Connor, ran behind the sta- tion, and across Hwy. D to Sappington Bridge Road. Connor lost sight of the flee- ing suspect when he ran around the back. of a house A police search ensued, and while looking inside vacant buildings along Sappington Bridge Road, they heard a woman two houses down screaming Brown was located inside the house, still in hand- cuffs, and taken back into cus- tody at that time. Police later discovered Brown had entered the home through a back door that led to the garage, gained entry into the kitchen, and fled int basement. When the owner heard the her 14-year-old son sword and went to see was. According to a police ment, "Brown jumped told the boy to go back or he was going to rtm sword through him." The went back and told his what had happened, ran outside to scream for Brown has been with first degree escape from custody. being held on a $50,000 bond Child abuse Charles H. Gilbert, 20, of Cuba faces child abuse charges this week. The prosecutor's office filed the charges on Jan. 28, following a joint investiga- tion conducted by the Profile stop Y had local " connection Last week's American Profile, which is carried each week in the Cuba Free Press, cOntained a story with some local interest. The Hometown Hero fea- ture "Leader of the Symphonette," which appeared on page 4, was about Jack Reiner. He founded the Prairie Symphonette in Scobey, Mont. Reiner is originally from Leasburg and is the brother of Ken Reiner, of Leasburg. If you missed last week's story, you may still see it on-line at www.american- profile .com. Search for "aeiner." 00ar< Crawford County Sheriff's Department and Division of Family Services. Gilbert was formally charged with abuse of a child, a class B felony The allega- tions are that he beat a five- year-old girl on repeated occa- sions with a belt, a wooden ,,s filed against Cuba spoon, and his hand; he once punished the wetting her pants by her sit on a hot railroad while not wearing He also allegedly child's toy dolls and once her in a wooded area telling her no one Residents reminded not park on city snow routes The city of Cuba is remind- Hill Road, McLeod, Old ing area residents that park- Road, Wildcat Pride ing is prohibited on designated Myrtle, Bond, snow routes during a state of Highland Drive, "snow emergency." Valleyview, North Mairi No parking is permitted on South Main. the following streets when All these streets snow removal is necessary: have signs posted desi East Washington, Spencer, them as snow routes Park Place, Fleener Road to be plowed first. All Maple Shade Road to Birch str Lane, Beldon, Florence, Oak and equipment permits. ! l !A TTENTION CA TTLEMEN ! and all other interested people... CUBA BANKING CENTER is sponsoring 2004's first Business & Professional Persons of Crawford County Semin Thursday, February 19 at Country Kitchen, Cuba BreakFast 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Programs 8-9 a.m. Adjourn 9 a.m. Ted Cunningham, CowCalf Specialist from the University of Missouri Extension Center, will discuss the effects of COW Disease in our area. Seating is limited. Call Cuba Banking Center, 885-0021 to reserve your spot. Bring a friend! www. cubafree cfp