Accident On Niangua Bridge Claims 4 Lives

niangua bridgeThe Niangua Bridge in Camdenton was closed early Wednesday morning following a multiple vehicle accident with 4 fatalities. According to Camden County Sheriff captain Kelly Luttrell, the crash reconstruction team was one scene for several hours

Motorists traveling on Highway 5 had to be re-routed over Highway 7 and Route J to avoid the area. The bridge has since reopened. The next of kin has not yet been contacted so at this time the names of the four individuals have not yet been released. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Mid-County Fire Protection District.

Farm Bureau In Support Of Tax

missouri farm bureauA proposed three quarter cent sales tax for transportation infrastructure is receiving support from a leading farm organization. The Missouri Farm Bureau’s board of directors has voted to endorse Amendment Seven. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says a lot of time and research went into the decision.

Hurst says he has specific reasons for the vote

Lake area residents will join voters statewide in deciding the fate of Amendment Seven on August 5th.

Red Cross Dangerously Low On Blood

REDCROSSThe American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage and has issued an urgent call for donors. They need help filling the shortage following the Fourth of July holiday and they’re asking for both blood and platelet donors of all types. However, they especially need type “O negative”, “B negative”, and “A negative.” You can call 1-800-red cross to schedule an appointment or go to:

An Adandoned House Burns Down

firefighter logoIt’s been a busy week for the Mid-County Fire Protection District as crews responded to two structure fires. The first fire occurred on July 17th on old 54 Road near the entrance to Old Kinderhook. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the three story structure fully involved. There were no injuries as the house had been abandoned for several years. The fire is considered suspicious and the cause is under investigation. The second fire occurred on July 20th when firefighters were dispatched to a single story home in the 1700 block of resorts road. Units were able to bring the fire under control in about 20 minutes. There were two people sleeping in the residence at the time of the fire who were able to escape without injury. The cause of the blaze is believed to be an electrical short in the living room area.

Niangua Bridge Closed Due To Accident

break news alertThe Camden County Sheriff’s office is reporting the Niangua bridge on north highway 5 will be closed for several hours due to a fatal, multiple vehicle accident. Sheriff’s Deputies, the Highway Patrol and Mid-County Fire are on the scene. The Missouri Department Of Transportation is reporting both lanes are blocked and motorists traveling southbound on Route 5 should take Route 7 to Route “J” to Route 54. Motorists driving northbound on Route 5 should detour around the closure via Route 54 to Route “J” to Route 7. Tractor trailer trucks should also avoid the area. Southbound trucks should detour to Route 5 to Route 52 thru Eldon to Route 54. Northbound trucks should detour via Route 54 to Route 52 thru Eldon to Route 5.

Missing Woman Rogers Found Alive

Missing RogersA woman who was missing for the past few days in Camden County has been found. Late Tuesday evening, a private citizen contacted the Camden County Sheriff’s office about a woman he had found west of the original search area near Montreal. The Sheriff’s office went to the remote area that was heavily wooded to find 54 year old Kathleen Rogers. Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin says it was a tough rescue due to the terrain:

Rogers was alive when officers arrived and is currently recovering in a local hospital. Officers from Camden County, Osage Beach Fire and Ambulance assisted in the rescue.

Rector Trial Delayed With No Reason

clara rectorThe trial of a local woman who allegedly confessed to an unsolved murder in Camden County over nine years ago has been delayed without reason. 36 year old Clara Rector was scheduled to go on trial Monday for the 2004 murder of 48 year old Tommy Hope. Rector was originally questioned in the case prior to her confession but police were unable to link her to the crime at that time. Rector is being held without bond in the Camden County jail. The court has not said what caused the delay.