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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Boy 8 Pepper-Spray by Police Misbehaving at School, Lakewood Colorado

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Colorado police pepper-spray misbehaving boy, 8

 Associated Press 
April 6, 2011
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Eight-year-old Aidan Elliott had thrown a TV and chairs at his Colorado elementary school and was trying to use a cart to bust through a door to an office where teachers and other students fled for safety.
No one could calm the boy, not even the staff in a program for children with behavior problems like him. So they called police, who had intervened with Aidan twice before.
Police found him with a foot-long piece of wood trim with a knife-like point in one hand and a cardboard box in the other.
"Come get me, f-----," he said.
When they couldn't calm him down, one squirted Aidan with pepper spray. He blocked it with the cardboard box.
A second squirt hit the youngster in the side of the head, and down he went, according to an account of the Feb. 22 standoff in a police report first obtained by KUSA-TV.
Aidan and his mother went on national talk shows on Wednesday to say using pepper spray on an unruly 8-year-old was too much.
Police and officials at Glennon Heights Elementary in Lakewood, Colo., say it could've been worse.
"Had the officers chosen to be hands-on with him, the potential for him getting some type of injury and, maybe even officers, would have been much higher," police spokesman Steve Davis said.
"It was the best choice made," he said.
Aidan started acting up while on the bus to school, the police report said. He began screaming and then continued after breakfast while throwing chairs at his teachers.
"He was being very aggressive, very violent," said Melissa Reeves, the school district spokeswoman.
There were eight students with Aidan in the classroom, Reeves said, and teachers removed them after he became violent. They barricaded themselves in an office, as he tried to bust in, Davis said.
Aidan was swearing and shouting expletives at his teachers and threatening them, Davis said. He taunted police when they arrived.
"I wanted to make something sharp, like if they came out, `cause I was so mad at them," the boy said on NBC's "Today" show. "I was going to try to whack them with it."
After hitting him with the second squirt, officers took Aidan outside for some fresh air to help dissipate the spray. Paramedics were treating his red, irritated face with cool water when his mother arrived.
According to the report, Mandy Elliott asked her son what he did.
When he told her he had been hit with pepper spray, she is quoted as saying, "Well, you probably deserved it."
It wasn't the first time officers had been called to pacify Aidan, Davis said. They'd been able to talk him down in two other incidents.
On Wednesday, Mandy Elliott said she wished authorities had chosen to talk him down. She also wanted police to get special training in dealing with children. Aidan has since transferred to another school.
When asked about the pepper spray and what he did, Aidan said: "I kind of deserved it."
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Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com

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Girl Scout Cookie Controversy Heats Up UPDATED: Girl Scout Crakdown Hazelwood Missouri Drops the Cookie



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City tells Girl Scouts they can't sell cookies from their driveway

Apr 6, 2011By Frank Wiley


Hazelwood, MO (KSDK) - A cookie controversy heats up in Hazelwood, as the city faces a lawsuit over a Girl Scout cookie stand.
The Mills family was selling Girl Scout cookies out of their driveway a few weeks ago. It's the same spot where they've set up for the last six years. Then the family received a letter from the city, informing them that they were in violation of the occupancy code, and the two young girls were forced to shut down their stand.
The Freedom Center of Missouri plans to file a lawsuit in state court Thursday that will challenge the city's constitutional authority to prohibit the cookie stand.
"Heartbroken, because my girls have been doing it and now they can't," said Carolyn Mills, the girl's mother.
"Based on the complaint, we had to send code enforcement officer go out and investigate the situation," said Tim Davidson with the City of Hazelwood. "They were allowed to sell their cookies even though they were in violation of code." 
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Hazelwood Crackdown on Girl Scout Cookies

March 24, 2011

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HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – The city of Hazelwood says they do support the Girl Scouts but not when they are violating the home occupancy code.
They’d been warned, but the city says the Girl Scouts Abigail and Caitlin Mills continued to sell Girl Scout cookies from a stand in front of their home. A neighbor complained anonymously because of all the people and the traffic and the dogs barking at all the people and the traffic.
“Based on this complaint, the city of Hazelwood had to take action,” says spokesman Tim Davidson. He says it is also against city code to sell products from home.
And while he has heard some complaints from residents that Hazelwood is being too harsh on the teens, Davidson says others have pointed out that one tenet of the Girl Scouts is good citizenship.
“The fact that we did have this code in place, it’s the responsibility of every good citizen to respect the laws that we have,” said Davidson.
But the girls’ mother, Carolyn Mills, is vowing to let them keep selling their cookies, until they reach their goal of 2,000 purchases.
She says the cookie stand is equally important as a learning opportunity. “This is teaching leadership, communication, entrepreneurship,” Mills explains. “They’re getting to know the value of money, and how to keep people from ripping you off.”
Mills says the cookie stand has been a six year tradition, that started by chance. “We were parked in the driveway, counting the cookies in the back of the van, when suddenly a car pulled up and the driver asked if we had any extras,” explained Mills. “And then another car pulled up. And another.”

UPDATE:
The battle of the cookies is over in Hazelwood.
Wednesday the Rev. George Hutchings bought the last 36 boxes. Hutchings took some boxes and told the mother and daughters to give the rest to neighbors.


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Augusta Bottom Road Warning Sign Erected UPDATED: Augusta Bottom Road: REOPENED!!! Report Issued


April 5, 2011

This warning sign has been placed on the St. Charles County side of the Augusta Bottom Road to alert drivers to slow down in advance of the road changing from paved surface to gravel as it extends into Warren County.

Just beyond this spot is where a 16-year-old Washington girl died last fall when her car skidded off the gravel portion and overturned in the pond in the background. Washington officials have been pushing for improving the gravel road for many years.
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Citing the low number of accidents and the road's high usage, the Warren County Commission reopened Augusta Bottom Road Thursday - five days after being closed temporarily following Volmert's fatal crash.

The fatal crash involving a Washington teen last month was the only fatality to have occurred on the stretch of Augusta Bottom Road located in Warren County in the past 12 years.
During that same period, from 1999 to now, 64 motor vehicle accidents have been reported, according to data requested by Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Two fatalities, just over three weeks apart, have renewed debate over the need to repair the road and add safety measures.

Motorists use Augusta Bottom Road as a shortcut between Washington and St. Charles County. The portion of the road in Warren County is gravel, while the St. Charles County section is paved with asphalt.

Two separate traffic count studies conducted this month found that more than 600 vehicles travel the road daily.

Of the 64 accidents in Warren County, injuries were reported in 19 of the crashes, while 44 involved property damage. The road has seen a significant increase in crashes with 43 having been reported since 2006, according to the study.

The Augusta Bottom Road route is 3.6 miles long and takes approximately seven minutes to complete. The Highway 47/94 route through Dutzow is 6.6 miles long and takes approximately nine minutes to complete.
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A hunter from Washington, Mo., was killed after driving his truck off the side of Augusta Bottom Road in St. Charles County this morning.

It is the second fatality on the highway in the past month, and authorities in St. Charles and Warren counties have closed the road until the situation can be studied further.

Joseph Volmert, 38, of Washington left his house about 5 a.m. to go deer hunting near Augusta with relatives, police said. But he lost control of the truck, veered off the road and struck a tree. His Ford pickup truck was found off the side of the road near Emke Road about 8 this morning, in an area where the road is raised 10 to 15 feet over the flood plain. Volmert was ejected through the driver-side window and found near his truck in a shallow pond, police said.

On Oct. 22, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School student Ella Neier drowned after a one-car accident on the road.
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Voter Apathy Wins Hermann Election, Lightest Turnout in Years for Gasconade County Missouri

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Story by: Hermann Advertiser Courier
4/5/2011

In what Gasconade County Clerk Lesa Lietzow called the lightest turnout she has ever seen, 
Bruce Cox and Brian Chorley won seats on the Hermann city council in Tuesday's election.

After seven precincts were in Tuesday night, 17.95 percent had gone to the polls.

"That's the lowest I can remember for an April election," said Lietzow.


Cox, a first-time candidate, won a three-person race in Ward 1, recording 119 votes to take the seat held by long-time alderman, John Penning, who received 40 votes. A second challenger, Bob Arnsmeyer, also received more votes (56) than Penning.


Chorley edged challenger Joseph Gleeson 119 to 92 to keep his Ward 2 seat on the board of alderman.
The Gasconade County R-1 School Board race returned the two incumbents, Craig Schannuth and Marilyn Rethemeyer, who were seeking re-election to the board, and joining them will be Brenda Bader, who ended up garnering the most votes out of five candidates.



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