A recently elected Alderman in the city of Lake Ozark has stepped down. Betsey Browning was elected Alderman in 2013 but has since moved out of the Ward 3 area and therefore can not continue as an Alderman. Lake Ozark Mayor Johnny Franzeskos accepted Browning’s resignation Wednesday morning and he has begun the process of looking for someone to take over her position until the next election, providing the board approves his appointment. This comes on the heels of the Police Chief Mark Maples and City Inspector Charlie Misenheimer who both submitted their resignations earlier this year. Misenheimer is moving to the Fire Department while Maples is going into a private venture.
We now know who saved a woman in a burning vehicle in front of Menards in Lake Ozark on August 19th. According to the Lake Ozark Police Department, School of the Osage student Kallie LaFrance was right next to the incident as it occurred. According to reports, LaFrance removed the woman from the vehicle moments before it caught fire and burned. The fire was so intense that it caused damage to the roadway which the road department will have to repair. KRMS news has reached out to LaFrance for an interview and are awaiting her reply.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Eldon Board of Alderman, officials approved an ordinance that allows them to vacate a portion of a public alley inside the city limits. They also approved an ordinance that readopts a procedure to disclose conflicts of interest for officials within the city. The city appointed Alderman Hull to the parks and recreation board, Vickie Devine to the planning and zoning commission and tabled an ordinance to revise the licenses and permits of city code until the next meeting.
If you’ve traveled down Bagnell Dam Blvd recently you may have noticed a building that’s coming down. Construction crews have begun tearing down the old Mills Elementary school which had been around since 1965. School of the Osage recently constructed a new elementary school off highway 42 that allowed them to expand for students where the mills building would not. Once the demolition is completed, crews will be laying down fresh pavement for a brand new parking lot.
A soldier stationed at Fort Leonard Wood is facing 33 charges that could turn into a 275 year prison sentence. According to the Fort Leonard Wood public affairs office, Staff Sergeant Angel Sanchez is charged with six counts of sexual assault, nine counts of maltreatment, nine counts of abusive sexual contact and a count each of attempting to commit indecent viewing, abusive sexual contact and assault. If convicted, Sanchez not only could face the prison time but also a reduction in rank, dishonorable discharge and a forfeiture of pay.
It was a very busy week for the Camdenton Police Department. Between August 20th to the 26th, officers responded to 626 calls and arrested 10 individuals on various charges include assault, property damage and disturbing the peace. Officers also arrested 31 year old Ryan Jarboe from Crocker on a warrant out of Pulaski County. They also arrested 49 year old Ronald Martin and 41 year old Michelle Sinclair both from Camdenton on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Over 4,000 signatures were sent to the United States Army Environmental Command following a public comment period regarding cuts at Fort Leonard Wood. Earlier this month residents where asked to weigh in on the army’s proposed cuts that could result in 5,400 civilian and military positions removed by 2020. Local and Statewide politicians also have voiced their thoughts in protecting the fort’s position and the growth it brings to the communities it surrounds. Roughly 2,000 people submitted hand written letters to the Army and 1,800 citizens just signed the petition.