Ethics Commission fines Holmes Osborne $23,500
A local investment manager has been fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission for misreporting finances from three campaigns for state representative, as well as violating other aspects of campaign law.
Holmes Osborne, Odessa, earned the Democratic party nomination for state representative of the 53rd District in 2010 and 2012, and formed a committee to seek the position again in the 2014 election, though this committee was terminated in January.
The commission fined Osborne $23,500. Its October 6 filing, however, stated if Osborne or any of the committees paid $2350 and filed required disclosure reports by November 20, he will not need to pay the remaining unless he is found to have violated additional campaign finance laws in the next two years.
Osborne owns Osborne Global Investments in Odessa and briefly owned a restaurant, The Public House, until its closure in September.
The Missouri Ethics Commission found Osborne to have committed five counts of violations. A sixth count, not listed in the probable cause statement, is mentioned, but said to have been dismissed due to the ethics commission's inability to decide on Constitutional matters.
The statement says the Commission held a closed hearing on the subject on October 2 in Jefferson City. Osborne represented himself at the hearing. Read more in The Odessan.
New police chief to be sworn in at Monday night meeting
Scott Newhouse, an Aurora, Colo., police officer, will be sworn in Monday night as the new Odessa chief of police.
City will hold a "meet and greet" for the soon-to-be new chief and his wife at 6 p.m. prior to the Board of Aldermen meeting at 7 p.m.
Newhouse's first day in his new position will be Monday, November 10.
He began his law enforcement career with the Kansas City Police Department before taking a lateral move in 1999 to Aurora, a city of 300,000 persons.
During his time in Aurora, he served for three years as special assistant to the chief of police. He left that position to join the investigative unit. Read more in The Odessan.
|Power outage on Friday
The City of Odessa has planned a two-hour power outage starting at 3 p.m. Friday for a limited area of the city. All necessary repairs to damaged equipment will be made by city staff. Read more in The Odessan.
Candidates express views at Higginsville forum
Candidates to appear on Lafayette County ballots gathered October 14 at the American Legion Hall in Higginsville for a forum sponsored by the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary Post 223, Farm Bureau and Lafayette County Lead alumni.
The forum featured three contested races: Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney, Associate Circuit Court Judge for Division II and State Representative, District 53.
Candidates were asked for biographical information, then to prioritize current issues facing the office and proposals for correcting them and finally, future opportunities for the county through the position. After all candidates for all positions spoke, candidates were summoned to the podium to answer questions submitted by those attending the forum.
Questions were restricted to those answerable by both candidates and were chosen by the moderators.
Moderators included Brenda Oliver, real estate broker and appraiser, Heritage Realty, Odessa; Mark Heins, president of the State Bank of Missouri, Concordia; Donna Brown, Economic Development Director, Higginsville; and Denny Campbell, sports broadcaster, KMZU Radio.
The first candidates for a contested race asked to the stage were Kristen Ellis, Democrat, and Weldon "Chip" Perry, Republican, candidates for Lafayette County Prosecutor. Read more in The Odessan.
New officer... Brooks LaBoube with the new school resource officer, Marti Steelman.
Marti Steelman named school resource officer
Marti Steelman has been named as school resource officer for the Odessa R-7 Schools. She will spend her days rotating in each building in the district to provide assistance to students and to be available for any incident should one occur.
Steelman will begin teaching D.A.R.E. classes in January to fifth grade students at Odessa Upper Elementary School.
She has served as a reserve officer on the Odessa Police Force since 2009, before being named to a full-time position. Steelman is a 2008 graduate of the Police Academy. Read more in The Odessan.