Crocker Soccer Coach Trial Continued

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Photo from Google Images

The jury trial of a Camden County man and former Crocker High school soccer coach accused of having sex with an underage girl has been continued to September. Kevin Zimmerman from roach was scheduled to go on trial Thursday in Texas County on a change venue for allegedly having sex with a student. He was the girl’s soccer coach in 2012 when the alleged incidents occurred. Prosecutors also say he was sending pornographic images to an undercover officer. Zimmerman’s trial is scheduled to begin on September 18th.

SB To Hold Public Hearing On Water Rates

sunrise beachA public hearing on a proposed water rate increase for Sunrise Beach has been scheduled for next month by the Village Board of Trustees. This will be the second hearing on the proposal. At the first hearing several business owners like Earl Jameson of Pro Team Marine attended and voiced their opposition to the proposed 70 percent increase in their rates saying the hike would put a large strain on them.

The rate for residential customers would also see an increase. The public hearing is scheduled for Monday, august 11th at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Administration Building and begins at 5:30 pm.

Man Escapes Jail, Heads Toward The Lake

Brandon McGee, Pettis County Sheriff's Office

Brandon McGee, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities are asking Lake Area residents to be on the lookout for man who escaped from the Pettis County jail late Thursday. Brandon McGee was wearing black gym shorts and a white T-shirt when he took off. Police believe McGgee could be headed toward the Lake area. He was being held in the County jail for credit fraud, and authorities aren’t saying how he escaped. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brandon McGee is asked to call their local law enforcement agency.

Veto Session Could Include Captive Deer

deerLegislation vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon that would’ve defined captive deer as livestock continues to be a hot of discussion at the Lake of the Ozarks and across the state. In fact, some at the state capital believe the debate over deer may become one of the biggest arguments in the upcoming veto session. Mike Huffman is the outreach and education division chief with the Missouri Department of Conservation. He says the Governor made the right decision.

This week more than 30 conservation groups announced their support for Nixon’s decision. The Missouri Legislature’s veto session begins September tenth.

Electric Rate For Noranda To Be Denied

Missouri_Public_Service_Commission_SealThe Missouri Public Service Commission has indicated that it will deny a request by Ameren Missouri’s largest customer for a rate decrease of nearly $50 million dollars a year. Sources say all five members of the commission oppose lowering the special rate paid by Noranda Aluminum even though the company says it could be forced to close without the reduction. However, the fight may not be over. Thursday, the Missouri office of Public Counsel submitted a proposal to the commission that would reduce the Southeast Missouri aluminum smelter’s rate by 16 percent instead of the 25 percent originally sought.

Fruit Recall Expands To Other Stores

recall peachesEarlier we reported to you about Dierbergs pulling some bad fruit from their shelves as part of a recall by the Wawona packing company. Now, several other retailers are doing the same including Wal-Mart and according to spokesperson Lisa Watson, even more local grocers could be doing the same. The cause? Listeria:

Watson says they don’t put out a complete list because it would be impossible to get all local grocers on it due to wholesalers:

Watson recommends that if you see that label to return it to your local store or contact the Wawona packing company for more information on what to do or what the symptoms of Listeria are by calling 1-888-232-9912 or

Camden County Sheriff Ready For Budget Update

camden county sheriffThe Camden County Sheriff’s Department is looking into replacing some rather old vehicles currently in service. According to Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin, the county’s sales tax numbers are up for the year and the department is ready to create their new budget which he hopes could include replacing the worn out vehicles:

Franklin says these vehicles are getting quite the workout with the department being as busy as ever:

Franklin says the goal is to redo their budget for the year to reflect the increase in sales tax for the community and budget in to replace some of the more worn out vehicles. He says the department is behind in replacing them because they are trying to be good stewards of the community’s money.