Monday, June 11, 2012

The Guard Dogs of Missouri

"Dog, left at Missouri rest area, waits for 2 days" Associated Press, June 07, 2012

HANNIBAL, Mo. - A 9-month-old Yorkie was not about to leave a Missouri rest stop without his master. Mistakenly left behind by an Arkansas truck driver, Rambo waited there for two days until his owner was able to track him down.

Rambo jumped out of Michael Siau’s rig when Siau stopped at a rest area near Hannibal on Friday, the Hannibal Courier-Post reported.

“Didn’t even cross my mind that he might jump out,’’ he said.

Siau made it all the way to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 170 miles to the north, before he realized Rambo was gone.

Siau said he was “freaking out’’ as he tried to determine where Rambo was lost. He finally concluded the pup must have gotten out in Missouri, and he began calling authorities.

Sure enough, little Rambo was there, sitting patiently.


"Guard acknowledges 4 soldiers looted in Joplin" Associated Press, May 31, 2012

JOPLIN, Mo. - Four Missouri National Guard soldiers stole electronics from a Walmart in Joplin while helping with recovery efforts the day after the store was destroyed by a tornado, according to records released Tuesday.

The Guard said three specialists and a sergeant who admitted taking video game players, a camera, and other items believed the merchandise was going to be discarded, the Joplin Globe reported. The four men, who are not named in the records, were part of a team assigned to look for survivors and help with recovery a day after the tornado devastated Joplin and killed 161 people.

An investigating officer recommended that the four be demoted but the records do not indicate what type of discipline they eventually received.

Any jail time involved here, or.... ?????????????????

The Guard released 13 pages of memorandums to the Joplin Globe after refusing to release them last week to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Guard had argued it was exempt from the state’s open records law....


Also see: Missouri Memories

I think I'd like to forget.