History has been made in Lake of the Ozarks. The state Department of Conservation confirms that an Excelsior Springs man snagged the biggest bighead carp ever in Missouri. Gene Swope’s fish weighed in at 106 pounds, a full 26 pounds heavier than the previous record holder.
Fort Leonard Wood had planned to close the Waggener Gate on the west side today through Friday, from 9am-4pm, for commissioning of an active security banner. Motorists may use the north, east or south gates. Allow extra time for travel.
The Joplin tornado’s now rated as an EF-5. Two people were rescued from debris today, and the death toll is up to 122. 8000 structures have been damaged. 750 people are in the hospital. 1,500 people are missing, but officials say some of these people may have been out of the area when the storm hit. EF-5 tornadoes are storms with winds greater than 200 miles an hour. Bad weather is expected in the area again tonight. The National Weather Service says the tornado appears to also have had more than one vortex. Video shows Sunday’s tornado was what experts call a “multivortex” tornado. That means it has two or more small and intense “subvortices” that orbit a larger circulation. These types of tornadoes are rare.
3-former Laurie Police Officers have filed a civil suit against the city for violation of their civil rights. Former officers Jesse Calvin, Jeanne James and James Walker are the plaintiffs, and they’re demanding a jury trial. Calvin’s specifically suing for age discrimination. Calvin, according to a published report, quit for personal problems with leadership. Walker and James were both terminated by the city. Laurie Mayor Chuck Chorpening says the city’s turned the matter over to its’ insurance company, Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund of Jefferson City.
Cargill’s arranging a collection of water and non-perishable food items to be taken to Joplin tomorrow at J&J Poultry Highway 52 and C. The Cargill truck will be coming through at 9 a.m. If you’d like to donate food items, bring them to J&J’s tomorrow morning or bring the items to the Versailles High School before 8:30 a.m. If you can’t make it to the drop-off site or the school, contact Earlene Britton via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she and her students will come get them, but you have to reach her before 8:30am or the items won’t be picked up.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Kostner is out with a warning, in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado disaster. Scam artists claiming to represent charities often fraudulantly solicit donations from people anxious to help after disasters. Kostner says, be cautious of anyone wanting on-the-spot donations, or refusing to provide written, verifiable information about the charity they claim to represent. He also suggests using a credit card or check – not cash – when making any donation.
A man authorties say robbed the Macks Creek Bank in 1999 has been arrested in Independence. Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin says 47-year Joel Davis was apprehended at his home by officers from multiple jurisdictions. Davis is now being held at the Camden County Adult Detention Facility, with bond set at $150 thousand.