A Camden County man who shot and killed another man during a scuffle recently claims a Missouri Statute violates his constitutional rights. Stephen Burkhart was arguing with Joseph Beeman last month and Beeman fired shots at Burkhart. Burkhart returned fire, killing Beeman. However, Burkhart is a convicted felon so, according to the Missouri Statute, he cannot legally possess a firearm. Burkhart claims that such a statute violates his 2nd amendment right to bear arms. He also states that because he was transferred to Morgan County Detention Center, he cannot travel to his court hearings, which violates his right to due process. Burkhart will be representing himself when he appears in front of the Camden County Circuit on October 3rd.
62-year-old Carol Elwyn, the alleged drunk and wrong-way driver on Highway-54 killing two people and injuring another in June, has been bound over for further proceedings in Miller County. Elwyn appeared with her attorney on Wednesday before Associate Judge Jon Kaltenbronn who ruled that there is enough evidence to send the case to the Circuit Court. Elwyn is charged with two felony Involuntary Manslaughter charges and a felony Assault charge in connection to the accident on June 3rd that killed 38-year-old Travis Davolt and 12-year-old Dominic Delong, both of Eldon, and seriously injured 17-year- old Dalton Delong, also from Eldon. Elwyn, who remains free on a $75-thousand bond, next appears for arraignment in circuit court on October 5th.
School of the Osage continues to enhance the learning experience for students through the use of I-Pads, some twelve-hundred of them being distributed between the different grade levels. Superintendent Doctor Brent Depee says the program has been a success so far but not without some bugs still to iron out.
The biggest questions raised by parents center around how kids are using the devices and what kinds of controls are put in place preventing kids from deviating off the program. Doctor Depee also says the need to pay insurance to protect the $600 I-Pad’s was another concern. He calls that $30 insurance a small price to pay to keep the program available in the future.
One person is dead after an accident on Highway 7. 60 year old Kenneth Martin of Montreal was driving south on Highway 7 when he failed to negotiate a curve, overcorrected, and drove off the right side of the road, causing his vehicle to flip. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing his seat belt.
The average national price of gas is $2.21 per gallon for unleaded. Missouri comes in below average at $1.99. In the Lake Area, the average is even a little lower. The average is $1.88 in Osage Beach, $1.95 in Lake Ozark, and $1.89 in Camdenton. On the west side, the average is $1.86 in Sunrise Beach and $1.98 in Gravois Mills.
A log home fire in Tuscumbia today has caused a family to lose everything. Fire crews responded to the call on HH. There were no injuries reported but, according to Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott, the home was a total loss. He says the family had recently moved there. The name of the homeowners and the cause of the fire are both unknown at this time.
Camden County has taken another small step toward getting their daily business back to normal. As of this morning, the internet has been restored for the courthouse. The internet was turned off last Monday, the 19th, as part of the shut off of the e-mail services and phone lines for an FBI investigation. Sources say that, while they are not at the courthouse all the time, the FBI is still heavily involved in the process. Also, as of this morning, the e-mail servers were still down. A timetable for when they will be back up is still unknown.