Names Of Victims In Niangua Bridge Crash Released

niangua bridgeThe names of the victims in a multi-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on the Niangua Bridge have been released. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 56 year old Randal Estes was traveling northbound on Highway 5 in a 1993 Peterbilt dump truck when his left front tire deflated causing him to lose control, cross into the southbound lane and struck 50 year old Terry Schroeder’s 2010 ford F250 head on. Schroeder was pulling a boat on a trailer which wound up striking the rear of the vehicle during impact. Captain Kelly Luttrell from the Camden County Sheriff’s office says the bridge was closed for several hours

The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene and the passengers in the ford F250, 14 year old Dylan Schroeder and 50 year old Terry Schroeder were also pronounced dead at the scene. Another 14 year old passenger, Donnie Schroeder was transported by staff for life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

Accident On Niangua Bridge Claims 4 Lives

niangua bridgeThe Niangua Bridge in Camdenton was closed early Wednesday morning following a multiple vehicle accident with 4 fatalities. According to Camden County Sheriff captain Kelly Luttrell, the crash reconstruction team was one scene for several hours

Motorists traveling on Highway 5 had to be re-routed over Highway 7 and Route J to avoid the area. The bridge has since reopened. The next of kin has not yet been contacted so at this time the names of the four individuals have not yet been released. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Mid-County Fire Protection District.

Farm Bureau In Support Of Tax

missouri farm bureauA proposed three quarter cent sales tax for transportation infrastructure is receiving support from a leading farm organization. The Missouri Farm Bureau’s board of directors has voted to endorse Amendment Seven. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says a lot of time and research went into the decision.

Hurst says he has specific reasons for the vote

Lake area residents will join voters statewide in deciding the fate of Amendment Seven on August 5th.

Red Cross Dangerously Low On Blood

REDCROSSThe American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage and has issued an urgent call for donors. They need help filling the shortage following the Fourth of July holiday and they’re asking for both blood and platelet donors of all types. However, they especially need type “O negative”, “B negative”, and “A negative.” You can call 1-800-red cross to schedule an appointment or go to: http://redcrossblood.org

An Adandoned House Burns Down

firefighter logoIt’s been a busy week for the Mid-County Fire Protection District as crews responded to two structure fires. The first fire occurred on July 17th on old 54 Road near the entrance to Old Kinderhook. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the three story structure fully involved. There were no injuries as the house had been abandoned for several years. The fire is considered suspicious and the cause is under investigation. The second fire occurred on July 20th when firefighters were dispatched to a single story home in the 1700 block of resorts road. Units were able to bring the fire under control in about 20 minutes. There were two people sleeping in the residence at the time of the fire who were able to escape without injury. The cause of the blaze is believed to be an electrical short in the living room area.

Civil Petition Filed Against Eldon Smoke Shop

puff n snuffMiller County prosecuting attorney Matt Howard has filed a civil petition against an Eldon smoke shop for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana and imitation drugs as well as drug paraphernalia. The prosecutor has filed a civil nuisance suit and is seeking a court order to shut down Puff-n-Snuff for at least one year to halt what Howard says is ongoing activity which constitutes a public nuisance. The action by Howard to try to put an end to the shop’s activities comes as a result of evidence recently gathered during the undercover phase of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Eldon police department. The court has issued an order for the owners of the business to appear for a hearing on August 7th to make any objections as to why the court should not grant a preliminary injunction to stop or close the business.

Gravois Fire Addes New Firefighter

gravois fire logoThe Gravois Fire Protection district board of trustees has given Chief Ed Hancock the go ahead to look at district protocol when dispatching firefighters and EMS teams. Chief Hancock says they’re revisiting the issue to make it more effective, and adds there will be no reduction in services. Basically he says they don’t want to send out personnel if there is nothing they can do as this costs the district time and money. The calls they would like to eliminate are the ones that take personnel out of fire service for routine non life threatening situations. The district is also announcing the hiring of a full time firefighter. Christian Ducray was a volunteer with Mid-County prior to being hired. The district now has a total of 9 full time and 12 volunteer firefighters.