A towed watersport accident occurred Saturday afternoon on the Pomme De Terre River. According to a report by the Highway Patrol Water Division, at 3:05pm on the Big Pomme De Terre Arm near the MO-83 Bridge, 35 year old Malinda Shepherd was being towed behind a 1999 Bass Tracker when she was ejected and rolled over several times before coming to rest in the water. Shepard was then transported to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. The Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance District assisted Highway Patrol at the scene.
A social media threat targeting an individual at Eldon High School leads to two arrests on Friday. The school administration was informed of the threat shortly before 8:00am Friday morning at which time the district’s established procedures for threats was put into place. The high school was secured, access into and out of the building was restricted, and law enforcement was brought in. Two 17 year old suspects were taken into custody off of school property regarding the threat. At no point did they enter the school building. Sources say the teens were in possession of drugs when apprehended. No charges have been filed yet.
An early run on Saturday at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout at Captain Ron’s left two drivers in serious condition after their boat flipped while going 179 miles per hour. The incident occurred during the 10 am hour of racing when 47 year old Joel Begin and 44 year old Michael Fiore were making their first run in a brand new 2015 42 foot Outer Limits Catamaran. The boat reached up to 179 miles per hour before becoming airborne just past the finish line and flipping over twice before landing bow first and coming to a rest end-over-end on the water. Begin was transported by Lake West Ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital and Fiore was transported by Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
On Friday afternoon the Mid County Fire Protection District was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Larch Lane off of state Route EE in the Greenview area. Mid County responded with three engines and three tankers and we were assisted on the scene by an engine from Sunrise Beach Fire District. First units made a quick attack on the fire and were able to bring the incident under control within 15 minutes. The fire was contained to the apartment of origin with the adjoining apartment receiving minor smoke and water damage. The apartment where the fire originated suffered significant fire and smoke damage. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental, starting in wiring in a wall in the living room. There were no injuries as a result of the fire but the Red Cross was called to assist the residents of the damaged apartment with their immediate needs.
One man is dead following an ATV accident Thursday near California, Missouri. According to the Highway Patrol, 72 year old Raymond Varner of Jamestown made a right hand turn on Highway 87 and collided with a car driven by Amy Miller of Russellville. Varner was thrown from the four wheeler and pronounced dead at the scene.
The airport in Osage Beach has a new manager. Ty Dinsdale has been promoted to the position replacing Budd Hyde who is relocating to New York with his family. Dinsdale began working with the city as an airport technician in 2009 at both the Lee C. Fine Memorial and Grand Glaize airports. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and is an instrument rated private pilot with 16 years of flying experience.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri will head up a Senate hearing regarding the militarization of police departments following the recent events in Ferguson. The hearing will focus on programs that enable police departments to acquire military equipment. Ferguson and St. Louis County police have been criticized for responding to protests wearing desert camouflage and holding military grade weapons.