An Eldon man is being held in the Miller County Jail on no bond after being picked up by the Highway Patrol. Reports say 37-year-old Justin Smith was taken into custody shortly after 5-oclock Friday afternoon. Smith is charged with felony DWI and driving revoked. He is also charged with driving without insurance and for not wearing his seat belt.
An Eldon man finds himself being held in the Miller County Jail on several warrants including two for probation violations. 38-year-old Austin King had also been wanted on a Class-A felony warrant for drug trafficking along with Class-B and Class-C felony warrants for possession of a controlled substance. King also faces misdemeanor charges for possessing marijuana and paraphernalia King was booked into the Miller County Jail late Friday afternoon and was being held on no bond.
Increased enforcement on the water at Lake of the Ozarks this weekend results in, at least, seven arrests for alleged boating while intoxicated. That’s according to highway patrol’s Water Patrol Division which reported…between Friday night and Sunday night…six of those seven BWI arrests happening in Camden County with the other BWI happening in Morgan County. All seven were from out of the lake area and released pending summons with a court date.
A familiar face at Lake of the Ozarks is rewarded for years of service to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division. Colonel J. Bret Johnson superintendant of the Highway Patrol announced last week that Captain Matthew Walz, who grew up in Jefferson City, takes over effective on Wednesday as Director of the Water Patrol Division. Walz brings plenty of experience to the position being appointed in 1990 as a communications operator. From there he entered the academy in 1994 graduating with his first assignment here at Lake of the Ozarks. Other assignments along the way included patrolling Table Rock Lake, St. Louis County, and back here at Lake of the Ozarks before serving as a training commander at General Headquarters in Jefferson City, and as district commander over the Central Missouri Region. Walz also serves on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council.
The coach of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers is coming back to his Missouri hometown to be honored next month. On Sunday, Mexico, Missouri native Tyronn Lue led the Cavaliers to their first-ever championship, and Cleveland’s first title of any kind since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964. During a TV interview immediately after the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, Lue made mention of his hometown – not once, but twice. A homecoming to honor Lue is planned for July 2, beginning when his motorcade arrives with an escort from police and school kids on busses. Other events are planned throughout the weekend, including a July 3 fireworks display hosted by Lue.
Law enforcement called off a manhunt near Lake of the Ozarks State Park Thursday morning. Sheriff Bill Abbott said the suspect is not armed and does not pose a danger to anyone in the area. Officials said the man’s family has been cooperating with law enforcement, which is why the manhunt was called off. The Miller County Sheriff said officials found a man wanted for several felony warrants in Kaiser Thursday morning. Abbott said the man saw the law enforcement vehicles and fled on foot, leaving his car at the state park. Abbott said the manhunt will pick back up if the suspect hasn’t turned himself in. The suspect, identified as Evan Gamm is wanted on six warrants.