Friday, May 24, 2013
The former Arnold police officer alleged she was sexually harassed by a fellow officer and because she complained, she was terminated. Meanwhile, the city denies any wrongdoing.
The Arnold City Council has approved a $450,000 settlement agreement with a former Arnold police officer who filed a lawsuit alleging she was sexually harassed, retaliated against and wrongfully terminated. Alicia Ott, the former officer, will receive $266,000, according to the agreement. Of that amount, $252,700 is for emotional distress and the remaining $13,300 is in wages less withholding. Her attorneys - Dobson, Goldberg, Berns & Rich - will receive $184,000. See previous articles: Ott alleged in the 2011 lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a fellow officer and retaliated against. She claims in the lawsuit the incidents led to her being demoted, suspended and eventually fired. Although an agreement was approved, Arnold City …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
David Cook blogs on Patch about how he, his neighbors and elected officials from both sides of the aisle opposed SB29, a bill recently signed into law affecting how unions use dues and fees.
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Wednesday, May 15
Monday, May 13, 2013
Patch is teaming up with the Missouri Department of Transportation this week to get all of your traffic and road questions answered.
Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about traffic, road construction and more. That's why this week, we are teaming up with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro," MoDOT Community Relations Coordinator Linda Wilson Horn will answer readers' questions in the comment section of the Patch sites on Friday, May 17 between noon and 4 p.m. Get your questions ready and check back with Patch and MoDOT on Friday morning! Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts:
Friday, May 10, 2013
Ken Waller will pursue a second term in 2014, he announced last week.
Ken Waller will seek re-election as County Executive instead of running for a state senate seat in 2014, he announced in a news release last week. Waller briefly considered a run for the 22nd District Senate seat, according to the news release. He was elected as the county's first the County Executive in 2010. “I definitely feel we’re better off now than when I started out my term – both fiscally and organizationally,” Waller told Leader Publications. He said he is making job creation and retention a priority. "As we look to the future, it is no secret that jobs are essential to the stability of our residents and our County," he said in the release. "We want job creators to know that Jefferson County welcomes their business and wants to …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Small business incubation is one area of focus for Arnold City Council, which approved three new committees last week.
The new Arnold City Council signaled which topics deserve extra attention by creating three new committees last week. During Thursday's meeting, Mayor Ron Counts announced the creation of committees focused on city beautification, transportation and small business. They were created to address city challenges that the council couldn't get to otherwise, Counts said. For example, take the transportation committee. Council members Paul Freese (Ward 3) and Randy Crisler (Ward 1) will be leading that committee. "As our city has grown, transportation has become more and more of issue," Counts said. Butch Cooley (Ward 4) and Jason Fulbright (Ward 1) were appointed to the beautification committee, which will be identifying ways to improve the …
This week, the House passed HB 986, sponsored by Representative Jay Barnes, which creates the Joint Committee on Medicaid Transformation to investigate needed reforms.
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Monday, May 6
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
They are among the items included on the Arnold City Council's agenda for a meeting on Thursday evening. The full agenda is included as a PDF.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Huey says he plans to run for the District 3 seat in 2014. It is currently occupied by Bob Boyer.
State Rep. John McCaherty says gun owners' private information should be protected from the Missouri Department of Revenue. What do you think?
The Missouri House of Representitves—including Rep. John McCaherty of High Ridge—passed a bill this week that would put the concealed carry permitting process in the hands of county sheriffs' departments. Right now, the Missouri Department of Revenue is in charge of permits, issuing concealed weapons permits on an applicant's driver's licenses after a background check and a 45-day waiting period, according to OzarkFirst.com. McCaherty wants to keep the department out of the process so they won't end up accessing or sharing private information of Missouri gun permit holders. "Our sheriffs already take care of receiving applications, conducting background checks and issuing paper permits for concealed weapon holders," McCaherty wrote on his …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monthly meetings are set for the second Wednesday of the month at Madebella’s Restaurant in House Springs.