A message from Sheriff Bob Davis - Drunk man 'blows .40' - Some details on a crash involving a school bus last week
May 21, 2012 - 8:44am — J. Noedel-Publisher
Tuesday morning a school bus carrying 10 students was turning off of Hwy. 161 onto Deves Road when the car behind it struck them. What exacerbated the problem was the wrecked vehicles were blocking the road just below the crest of the hill and couldn’t be seen by oncoming traffic until they were right on it. The Montgomery City Police blocked traffic out of Montgomery until we could get an ambulance in to check on the children and administer first aid to the driver of the car. Fire personnel cleared the debris so we could get a second bus in to remove the kids and get them to school. It never fails to amaze me at how quickly the community comes together when they think the kids might need help.
A deputy was called to assist the Montgomery City Police with a fight in progress. When the deputy arrived the aggressor was in custody but someone was still in the residence with a firearm that had been used in the incident. Officers searched and found a male subject inside who first stated no firearm had been used then recanted, informing the officers he had thrown the firearm outside the residence. Officers were able to recover the weapon.
A man called Central Dispatch to report he was on Hwy RB and he was suicidal. He also said his brother was with him and had walked off into the woods without any pants on and didn’t come back. The caller was extremely intoxicated and almost impossible to understand. When we finally located the caller he was sitting in a vehicle in the wildlife area. Because of his intoxication we couldn’t understand anything he said. There was a pair of blue jeans in the front seat so we searched the area for the missing brother but found no one. The caller was checked on a portable breath analyzer. In Missouri .08 is considered intoxicated. This guy blew a .40. I have heard of people blowing a .40 and living but I had never seen one before. The man, from Steelville, Missouri was transported by ambulance to a hospital.
Asphalt scammers are currently in Montgomery County. We were able to stop the intended victim from losing their money because someone saw what was happening and was kind enough to give us a call. Here is how the classic scam works and this is exactly how they did it here in Montgomery County. Someone will stop by your house and tell you they have some asphalt left over from a paving project and they can fix your driveway cheap, but it has to be done immediately “before the asphalt gets cold”. They will try to get you to pay them up front. If you give them the money up front they will take it and not come back. If you say you will pay after the job is finished they will put a thin layer of asphalt down that will last until it is driven on. The scammers will often start to lay the asphalt and then intimidate the owner until he pays more money than previously agreed. Or as in this case will cover a lot more area than was agreed upon and tell the person they owe for all of it. When the intended victim said they didn’t have that much money the scammer sent them to go to the bank to get a loan. We intervened before the money changed hands so we couldn’t charge the scammers with fraud but as bold as these people are they will try again. If one of these scam artists comes to your house, feel free to call the Sheriff’s Office and we will send a deputy by to speak with them.
MoDOT has said, Monday, May 21 at 8 a.m., MO 161 just east of Montgomery City will be closed to traffic to begin replacement of the Elkhorn Creek Bridge. The bridge replacement should take approximately 59 working days before reopening to traffic. The new bridge will be open to traffic by mid-July.
Some areas of the roadway will remain open to residential traffic only; all other traffic must take an alternate route during this time. For more information about this bridge or others in the Safe & Sound Bridge Program, contact MoDOT's customer service center at 1-888-275-6636 or visit them online at www.modot.org/northeast.
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