Sep 28, 2013
Sheriff Dixon proclaims innocence
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has no plans to leave his job, even though he's been charged with a felony and four misdemeanor crimes.
Charges filed against central Missouri sheriff
<![CDATA[JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A central Missouri sheriff is facing charges including harassment and stalking that investigators say occurred between last October and June. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/16CclKJ ) Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has been charged with misdemeanors for sexual misconduct, third-degree assault, harassment and stalking. He also was charged with a felony for tampering with a motor vehicle. Dixon did not return a message Thursday. Online court records do not indicate he has an attorney. Dixon, 27, became sheriff in January and previously was city marshal in Belle. He also served on the state House's Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Privacy Protection that was appointed by House Speaker Tim Jones and is an outgrowth from controversy after the state began making electronic copies of personal documents submitted by driver's license applicants. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said in probable cause statements Dixon was holding a party June 24 when he responded to a fight at a tire store in Belle. Someone identified as "CM" told investigators she was at the party and traveled with Dixon to the store to see if local police needed help. CM said she was talking with the Belle police chief's wife and felt something hard pulled up her buttocks and into her back. She told investigators Dixon was behind her with a flashlight. CM said she asked Dixon what he was doing and that he said: "My bad. I'm sorry, I suppose that was inappropriate." The probable cause statement says that about 12:30 a.m. on June 26, Dixon went to CM's house and told her fiance he needed to speak to her. Investigators say Dixon repeatedly called CM's cellphone, walked into the house and asked the operations center to contact her. Dixon drove away on the fiance's four-wheeler, returned and stayed for about an hour. The patrol said there had been months of comments "suggestive or sexual" that were unrelated to their jobs. Missouri prohibits sheriffs to have a felony conviction. Dixon could face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the felony. One misdemeanor has a penalty of up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine. The others have a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A court hearing has not been scheduled. ------ Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune, http://www.newstribune.com
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Belle man arrested in meth bust
A 50-year-old Belle man is facing drug-related charges after a search of a residence on Route H in High Gate Saturday night.
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Maries R-II starts four-day week
All schools in the district will be in session Tuesday through Friday. The elementary and high schools in Belle will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The middle school in Bland will run from 7:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Patrick Call said the switch comes for several reasons, including an attempt to boost attendence and cut back district ... (more)
Floyd Allen 'Chuck' Townsend, Aug. 7, 1927 - July 23, 2013
Floyd Allen "Chuck" Townsend, 85, passed away at Lenoir Care Center in Columbia on July 23, 2013.