A recent stabbing in miller county remains under investigation. 21 year old Nichole Donnelly was stabbed eight times at an apartment complex off of route “D” in Kaiser over the weekend. Two suspects are now in custody and formal charges are expected to be filed soon. Sources say Donnelly was allegedly stabbed by her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. Donnelly remains in the intensive care unit at Lake Regional Hospital.
The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District is one several fire departments that recently received grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Fire Chief Mark Amsinger says the four thousand dollar grant will be used to make a specific purchase.
Lake Ozark was among 177 fire departments across the state that received grants totaling nearly $380 thousand dollars. Over the past 30 years more than $7.5 million dollars has been awarded to rural fire departments to increase safety and provide better equipment.
A newly remodeled Heritage Elementary School in Lake Ozark awaits students and school officials as they prepare for the start of the new school year next month. The school passed inspection yesterday and there is plenty of excitement in the district concerning the completed renovations. A $22 million dollar bond issue was passed by voters last April in order to complete the project which included 24 additional classrooms, bathrooms and a new playground. The project also included bringing the fire and sprinkler systems up to code and replacing the old electricity and HVAC systems. Students head back to school at Heritage Elementary on August 20th.
The murder trial of a Springfield man has been scheduled in Camden County following several delays. A bench trial for 21 year old Benjamin Stidham has been set for November 18th. Stidham, who was 16 at the time of the alleged crimes, is the last of four defendants to stand trial for a 2009 triple murder in Laclede County. He’s being tried as an adult for three counts of first degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one county of burglary.
Work could soon begin to replace a low water crossing at Sequoia road near Iberia. Miller county officials will soon start receiving bids for the project that is largely being funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation in an effort to improve the habitat for a federally threatened fish known as the Niangua Darter. The new low water bridge is expected to have a two foot opening underneath for easier water flow. The MDC will fund 80 percent of the project which must be completed by December.
A former meth dealer has been executed for the 1995 killing of three people in northern Missouri. 54 year old John Middleton was put to death yesterday. Middleton’s attorneys claimed he was innocent citing a new witness who came forward in February. they also claimed he was mentally ill. Middleton was the sixth man to be executed in Missouri this year.
The City of Osage Beach is planning to hold a public forum tonight that will be hosted by the Citizens Advisory Committee with the goal of getting information from the public on how the city can regain the tourism on the west side of the bridge. Assistant City Administrator Jeana Woods says everyone is invited
The meeting is taking place at city hall located on Osage Beach Parkway next to Harper Chapel starting at 6pm and ending at 8pm.