A 6 year old Fenton boy has drowned while swimming with family members at a rock quarry outside Rolla. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division, Noah Cook was in a flotation device in the presence of family members Friday afternoon at Fugitive Beach, a private property at an abandoned rock quarry southeast of Rolla. The patrol says family members couldn’t find the child after several minutes. Cook was later found by a diver and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Phelps County coroner.
More summer roadwork will be taking place around the lake over the next two weeks. In Miller County MODOT will be continuing roadway maintenance on Business Route 54 between Route W and Bagnell Dam and also on Route 87 between Route P and Route A. The projects are scheduled for completion by the end of the month. In Camden County roadway resurfacing will take place on Route 7 between Route 5 and Route 65. Then the week of August 4th overhead sign installation will take place on Route 54 at Key Largo Road. In all work zones one lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
A single boat accident on Saturday evening leaves two visitors to the lake with injuries. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division, the incident happened just before 9pm at the 26.5 mile maker of the Main Channel of the Lake of the Ozarks. 35 year old Terri Adams and 44 year old Traci Henry of Nebraska were traveling in a 2014 Outer Limits Boat when it attempted to accelerate, and then rolled to the starboard side. Adams was ejected overboard and Henry hit the gunwale of the starboard side of the boat. Both women were transported to Lake Regional Hospital. Adams suffered moderate injuries and Henry’s severe injuries caused her to later be moved to University Hospital.
The State Supreme Court ruled Friday that the wording cannot be changed just three weeks before Missouri’s primary election on a ballot measure asking voters to declare in the State Constitution that the right to bear arms is “unalienable”. The court dismissed an appeal by opponents of the gun measure, saying a state law forbids the court from making changes to ballot measures within six weeks of an election. The ruling means the wording will not be changed on proposed Constitutional Amendment 5, which will go before voters on Aug. 5. Opponents argue that the ballot wording failed to mention other significant changes, including that gun-control measures would become subject to tougher legal scrutiny and that a current constitutional provision allowing restrictions on concealed guns would be repealed. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the legal challenge on July 1. In its ruling Friday, the Supreme Court agreed it was bound by that law and dismissed the appeal.
A tubing accident on Friday afternoon at the Lake of the Ozarks sent a teen to the hospital. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division, the incident happened around 4:30pm in the Oak Hollow Cove at the 1.8 mile mark of the Grand Glaize arm and they were assisted by Osage Beach Police and Fire. 15 year old Savannah Bogner of Bettendorf, Iowa was tubing behind a 1999 Rinker Runabout when the tube being pulled struck a large wave causing injury to Bogner. She was then transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.
An arrest has been made in the murder of 35 year old Chad Gerber in Laclede County. According to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office 65 year old Matthew Rumbaugh of Mountain Grove has been arrested and charged with first degree murder, first degree assault and two counts of felony armed criminal action. Rumbaugh owned the garage where Gerber worked. Gerber’s 15 year old son Riley Aaron Gerber died Saturday morning at a Springfield hospital after also being shot during the incident. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Rumbaugh is being held in the Laclede County Jail without bond.
The Laurie Board of Aldermen approved a pay raise increase for four employees during a closed session meeting on Tuesday. The employees who received the pay increases were public works employees Dean Smith, Brian Scheiter and Larry Westfall, as well as Assistant City Clerk Barb Cameron. The board also approved moving Smith from the Maintenance Department to the Water and Sewer Department. Even with the pay raises, the city will save approximately $40,000 annually due to the recent elimination of the public works director position, and the reorganization of employee responsibilities. In other business, the board approved the mayor’s appointment of Doug Mattenlee, resident of Wellington Woods subdivision, to the Laurie Planning and Zoning Commission. Mattenlee will replace Chris Jackson whose term is expiring. The next meeting of the Laurie Board of Aldermen is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Laurie City Hall.