A Camdenton man charged with first degree murder has his May jury trial date rescheduled to late November. 53 year old David Smith was charged with first degree murder of Shawn Spencer in an alleged shooting that took place in April 2006. The case went cold, and it took nearly a year before Spencer was listed as a missing person. In 2011 the case was revisited by a Camden County Detective. After further investigation eyewitnesses came forward with details of the shooting and the disposing of the body and cover up of the evidence. The trial is set for November 28th at the Camden County Courthouse.
A 29 year old Grain Valley, MO resident is spending some time in Jail for boating while intoxicated on Lake of the Ozarks. This weekend the water patrol saw more boat traffic on the Lake, and along with that, they are seeing more drinking and boating. 29 year old James Beard was pilled over for displaying his boat lights other than prescribed, and after investigation he was charged with Boating while Intoxicated and operating a vessel without a boater safety identification card on board. Beard is held on no bond in the Camden County Jail.
If you’ve stopped for gas lately, you’ve probably noticed a price jump. The National average of regular, unleaded gas as of today is about $2.23. This is still 50 cents less than this time last year. The reason for the jump is seasonal increases in fuel demand, reduced production as refineries undergo maintenance. Mid Missouri still has some of the nation’s lowest gas prices. Experts are hopeful of a reduction in the price of gasoline for the summer season.
Sheriff Dwight Franklin, on behalf of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association presented the John Dennis Scholarship to a School of the Osage Senior, Courtney Grasshoff. On Thursday Sheriff Franklin was in attendance at the School of the Osage senior awards ceremony, where Grasshoff was awarded the $1,000 scholarship. The John Dennis Scholarship is awarded to sixteen college-bound Missouri High school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or University. Congratulations to Courtney Grasshoff and all of our area graduating seniors.
A Miller County crash results in hospitalization and an arrest. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 34 year old Keith Brann of St. Charles was heading North on Highway 17 when his vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. His passenger, 50 year old Robert Mitchell suffered serious injuries and was transported to Capitol Region Hospital by ambulance. Brann was later arrested on charges of second degree assault, driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. Brann was held on a 24 hour hold in the Miller County Jail.
Rumors of a Camdenton School bus driver harassing students is being investigated. The Camdenton R-III School district responded to rumors that a bus driver verbally and physically harassed some students. Camdenton Police Chief Laura Wright said her department looked into the allegations of some in the community, saying multiple students left the bus in tears and one student said the bus driver bruised them after being grabbed by the arm. Camdenton Superintendent Tim Hadfield says the allegations are baseless and found no validity in the accusations. The investigation has been turned over to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, due to the fact that the bus mainly runs outside of the city limits. As of Thursday the Sheriff’s department had not released an official statement about the investigation. KRMS news will follow this story and provide updates as they surface.
A funeral will be held this week for two Missouri men killed 63 years ago in a crash of an Air Force plane in Alaska. Remains of army Technical sergeant Leonard George Unger and Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson arrived Thursday in Missouri. Jackson and Unger were among 52 men who died November 22, 1952, when their C-124 Globemaster plane crashed into Mount Gannett in Alaska. Not long after the crash the wreckage was lost. It was rediscovered in 2012 nearly 10 miles from the crash site where it had been carried by the Colony Glacier.
Unger’s son, Raymond, said he never thought he’d get to have a funeral for his father.