The City of Lake Ozark mourns the passing of a former longtime business owner. Lela Pauline Stanton, who went by “Polly,” died yesterday at Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care. Polly Stanton and her husband Lon, who preceded Polly in death, were owners of the Stanton Novelty Company for many years. Polly was known for her passion for gardening and was a founding member of the Arrowhead Beach Garden Club. A visitation is planned for this Saturday, the 22nd, from 11a-1p at Lake Ozark Christian Church with a service to follow. Burial, after, will be in the Freedom Cemetery in Linn Creek. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedges-Scott Funeral Homes and memorials are suggested to “CURE SMA” in Elk Grove, Illinois. Polly Stanton was 96.
The following is a release issued by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department following what had originally been reported as an endangered teenager believed to have been in the company of a registered sex offender from New York:
July 19, 2017
Re: 14 year old Runaway from northern Morgan County.
On July 19, 2017 at approximately 0200HRS Morgan County Deputies were dispatched to an address in northwest Morgan County. Information received indicated a 14 year old female had run away from her grandparent’s residence and a vehicle was also reported missing from this address. Deputies were able to establish the juvenile had been in contact with a 28 year old male from Sedalia. It was also reported that this male subject was a sex offender from the state of NY. This turned out to be untrue and the subject was not a sex offender.
With the assistance of Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and Sedalia Police Department this male subject was located. This male did admit to having contact with the 14 year old runaway at a truck stop in or near Sedalia after she ran away from the grandparent’s house. Information that he provided was that she was told him she was enroute to the Kansas City area.
At approximately 0630 Dallas County (MO) Sheriff’s office advised they had received a report of a gas drive off from a business in their county that had occurred around 0530RHS. The vehicle in question was identified as the vehicle related to this missing person. Dallas County officials further stated that the runaway female and vehicle were verified by surveillance cameras at that location.
At approximately 1215HRS this runaway female and the vehicle were located safe in Hardy Arkansas. Hardy Arkansas is located approximately 20 miles south of the Missouri state line on US Hwy 63.
Sheriff Norman Dills
The search is on for a 36-year-old from Sunrise Beach considered endangered because of a personality disorder and described as currently being off his medication. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department says James Hanberry, the third, was most recently seen at his residence around 2pm on July 9th. Hanberry is described as 6-1, 185 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He had been driving a 2015 black Nissan Rogue with plates YJ9-R2L. His destination was unknown but he may be in the company of a person identified as Lan Fritts. Anyon with information on Hanberry is encouraged to contact the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (573-346-2243) or local law enforcement.
(Mersadiez Shiann Rohr and Matthew Fischer, aka Michael Piznarski)
UPDATE: Matthew Fischer, aka Michael Piznarski, had been taken into custody in Pettis County and then released from Morgan County as of 11:15am). No charges are indicated as of this time. Mersadiez Rohr and the 2004 GMC Yukon are still missing.
An endangered person advisory has been issued in Morgan County for a missing 14-year-old girl. The highway patrol says the report from a home in the 13-hundred block of Highway-DD in Smithton was received at 9:30 Tuesday night. Mersadiez Shiann Rohr is believed to be in the company of Matthew Fischer who also goes by the name of Michael Piznarski. Mersadiez is described as 5-1, 138 pounds, sandy hair, and blue eyes with fair complexion. Fischer, aka Piznarski, is described as a 28-year-old registered sex offender from the State of New York, 6-foot, 174 pounds, brown hair and hazel eyes with a fair complexion. The two could be traveling in the family vehicle, a tan or beige 2004 GMC Yukon with Missouri plates MH2-P0D and heading in an unknown direction of travel. Anyone with information should immediately contact local law enforcement.
The former owner of Dairy Queen, in Camdenton, avoids going to trial on several sex-related charges entering into a plea agreement Tuesday in Camden County Circuit Court. Dennis Lee Purdy, now 71, was sentenced to 20 years in the department of corrections after entering the plea to an amended charge of felony sexual assault, a misdemeanor charge of sexual assault, and three counts of statutory sodomy. Specifically, Purdy was sentenced to a combined five years on the sexual assault charges and five years each on the sodomy charges which were filed in a separate case against Purdy and to be served consecutively after the first five years are served. The charges against Purdy stemmed from incidents which happened in December 2008 and 2012, June 2013 and in May of 2016.
There’s no end in sight to the highly-publicized trial of Aaron Michael Fisher. The former Lake Area resident is charged in Miller County with first-degree assault of a special victim…his young daughter back in 2009. Fisher’s case had been set to go before a jury later this month but, on Monday, was postponed until further notice after his attorney, Kimberly Kollmeyer of Jefferson City, was allowed to withdraw due to Fisher’s inability to pay for adequate representation. The motion to withdraw was granted despite prosecutor Ben Winfrey questioning the timing of the motion and an uncertain delay granting the motion will now cause before the trial can be re-scheduled. The case is being presided over by Circuit Judge Peggy Richardson and being heard in Laclede County on a change of venue. In the meantime, more than one motion for a bond reduction has been denied and Fisher remains in jail.
(Story modified to remove which vehicle hit the other. That information was not clarified on the highway patrol website)
A Camdenton teenager is seriously hurt in a car-versus-motorcycle accident in Camden County. The highway patrol report says it happened around 5:45 Monday afternoon on Merlin Drive, near Camelot Drive, when a car driven by 16-year-old Rachel Harris, from Roach, attempted to make a right as a motorcycle operated by King was trying to pass on the right side. King suffered serious injuries and was flown to University Hospital. Harris was uninjured.