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Crews search Mississippi after boating accident

Friday, 09 August 2013 07:43 Published in Local News

Officials have suspended the search for a man whose boat was hit by a barge early this morning.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has identified the boat owner as Dennis McMenamy of Richmond Heights. Investigators did not confirm that McMenamy was on the boat, but say they found a wallet, cell phone, fishing poles, and other personal items on the fishing vessel.

His family says he often goes fishing overnight and in the early morning.

Authorities warn flood victims of scams

Thursday, 08 August 2013 17:50 Published in Local News

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Victims of this week's Missouri floods are being warned of possible scammers.

Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long issued a statement Thursday cautioning residents to be alert for identity thieves posing as government officials or charity workers offering help. Long says the scammers may request personal information, such as a Social Security number. The sheriff says the scammers might also go through trash and flood debris set out for disposal.

Other threats come from people representing fake charities who pressure potential donors for cash contributions for flood relief.

The sheriff also says natural disasters tend to attract shoddy contractors known as "storm chasers" who go door-to-door claiming to specialize in flood repair. Long says it's a good idea for homeowners to contact their insurance carriers for names of approved contractors.

 

   It took standing in line for hours, but hundreds of drivers were able to resolve traffic tickets in Pine Lawn yesterday.

   The city had sent out letters warning ticket holders that they had outstanding $50 fines.  All of the letters warned that failure to appear at court on August 8th at 3:30 PM would result in a warrant being issued.  That meant a line of ticket payers that wrapped all the way around the block.  

   It took several hours for everyone to get into court, but by late Thursday evening, everyone had seen the judge.

   Several people in line said they had received no prior warning about the tickets, but city officials say previous warnings had been distributed and that the long waits could have been avoided if violators had paid their fines on line. 

 

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