MONROE CITY, Mo. | Record-keeping lapses, poor contract practices and incomplete financial controls have been found in an audit of Monroe City's finances by the Missouri state auditor's office.
The full audit is set to be made public by the end of June after a nearly 18-month review of Monroe City that was sparked by a citizen petition to Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway requesting an audit of the city in the fall of 2018.
The Salt River Journal was allowed to review the draft final audit report and last week a source provided a final set of responses from the city on recommendations to improve financial reporting and contracting responses in a document entitled “City of Monroe City. Missouri State Audit – Responses – April 2020.”
Significantly, the auditors have not discovered any financial irregularities in the city.
A former Madison C-3 School substitute teacher was sentenced to state prison on Thursday for possessing child pornography.
Tenth Circuit Court Judge Rachel Bring Shepherd ordered Ty Gramley, 28, of Columbia, to a five-year sentence for one felony count of possession of child pornography. He had faced a maximum sentence of seven years on the felony count during Thursday's hearing in the Monroe County Courthouse in Paris.
Shepherd also sentenced Gramley to one-year sentences in county jail to be served concurrently for misdemeanor counts of furnishing pornographic material or attempt to furnish pornographic material to a minor who was an underclass student in a class that he was teaching at Madison High during March 2019.
A sharp critic of Monroe City government posted a solid defeat of the incumbent mayor on Tuesday night, setting the stage for major changes at City Hall.
Jerry Potterfield, 69, a retired banker and business owner, and U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, downed first-term Mayor John Long, 258-203, following a bitter campaign that featured clashes over city operations ranging from the delayed selection of city attorney in 2018 to contracting practices to blighted properties in the city limits, and economic development.
The feud between Potterfield and Long started almost immediately when Long took office in April 2018, after the Monroe City Board of Aldermen was challenged over the award of a no-bid contract to Colorado-based PeopleService Inc. to operate the city's troubled water plant, which was woefully short of qualified employees.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | A Cole County judge is considering a motion to reduce a $500,000 cash-only bond for a former Missouri Department of Corrections officer charged with first-degree murder in the death of his fiancée near Middle Grove more than two years ago.
James A. Addie, 53, was charged with first-degree murder by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick Smith in the April 28, 2018, death of Molly Watson, 35, of Huntsville, Mo. Addie was employed as a corrections officer at the time of his arrest, according to Missouri payroll records.
Earlier this month, Addie's attorney, T.J. Kirsch, said that Addie's $500,000 bond is excessive under the Missouri Constitution. Moreover, he said that a pretrial risk assessment found that Addie is not a threat.
The Monroe County Health Department reported the first two positive tests for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus late Monday morning.
Health Department Director Paula Delaney said the cases involve a couple, who are currently quarantined in their home. Delaney said the Health Department could not address their ages or location in the county.
Delaney said that she learned late Sunday night of the two positive cases. She said the Health Department informed Monroe County Emergency Management of the coronavirus cases early Monday.
“They are in quarantine and our staff is working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to trace any close contacts of the couple who may have been exposed,” Delaney said. “If we find there were close contacts with any person, we will work to help the person – or people – and monitor them closely for the development of any symptoms.”
Unlike in past years, local farmers have avoided any major Mississippi River flooding issues this year.
Although a flood warning was issued for the Mississippi River early this week, the river is expected to crest at 16.1 feet, which is just above the flood stage of 16.0 feet. It is nowhere near last year's flooding, which crested at nearly 29 feet.
The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced that Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will be able to use an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to purchase eligible foods online.