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.
Boats from all over the world will be featured this weekend during the 26th annual Shootout at the Lake of the Ozarks. The event is expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of local charities and organizations including local food pantries and Habitat for Humanity. Last year $115 thousand dollars was raised and organizers have set a goal of $250 thousand dollars for this year’s event. Organizers also say they’re expecting a record turnout for the Shootout which will be broadcast on KRMS and streamed lived at www.krmsradio.com.
The saga between Gary Prewitt and the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission will have to wait another month to be concluded. At Wednesday night’s meeting, the commission listened to residents who felt as if they had been brushed aside in the comment period and wanted their thoughts to be known about the project that Prewitt wanted to complete. The project would allow for the building of a convenience store and rental housing near the Shady Gator’s complex in Lake Ozark. Chairman Jeff Carroll says they need time to think it over.
Among the packed house of residents was the attorney for Andy Prewitt, Lewis Bridges, who noted during a public comment period that the P & Z was operating outside their authority in this case and that they were not suppose to be looking at this but rather the Camden County Board of Adjustments should be hearing the case. Earlier this year the attorney mentioned a lawsuit may be filed if this portion does not get approved as it had already been approved and according to Camden County law shouldn’t have been sent back at all. Planning and Zoning will meet again in September to make a final decision.