A Missouri Senator is taking seriously an increased threat posed by banter and missile tests coming out of North Korea. Democrat Claire McCaskill is encouraging expanded training courses at Fort Leonard Wood in response to the threat. Speaking at an Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, McCaskill discussed the importance of the chemical, biological,and radiological weapons training that takes place at the Fort and suggested that those services may be expanded to include training for civilian first-responders.
The Highway Patrol is working with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in their “Spring Aboard” Campaign. It’s an educational campaign funded with a grant administered through the Coast Guard. Spring Aboard helps get boaters ready for the season with information regarding boating safety courses. The Coast Guard says 77% of boating deaths occurred on boats where the operator had never received any boating education instruction.
A teenager from Camdenton faces several felony sex-related charges. According to courthouse records, Brent Xander Jones is charged with eight unclassified felony charges of first-degree statutory rape or attempted statutory rape involving a victim under the age of 14. The charges date back to an incident, or incidents, which allegedly happened on December 22. The bond conditions include an order of no contact with anyone under the age of 17. Bond was set at $500-thousand cash-only.
An app designed to help keep you safe on the water is being expanded to other outdoor activities. Raft-Up was adopted last year by lake area first-responders and with the new season approaching, developer Corey Boelkins says they’re expanding the app to include land-based activity. “Adventure Safe “ will be introduced later this year.
The apps will remain free to download and use. They’ll also include additional information, including weather alerts and activities or events near your location.
If it’s a matter of public record in the Camden County Auditor’s Office, the information will soon be available at your fingertips on the world-wide web. Auditor Jimmy Laughlin says that updates to the office website continue and will include much more than just a mission statement and history of the office…
Other information, such a vendors list used by the county, will also be included on the website. The changes are part of an effort to be more transparent to the public and were prompted by several requests received from outside of the office. Click here to visit the site.
A discussion on garbage removal is once again on the agenda for the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen this evening. The city is considering moving to a single contract for trash pickup services within city limits. The item also appeared on the agenda the last time the board met this month, but was tabled due to the absence of two board members. The proposal is only in the discussion stage at this point. If the city decides to adopt it, it would take at least two years to implement. Tonight’s board of aldermen meeting begins at 6pm at Osage Beach City Hall.
It was a slower-than-normal week in terms of call responses for the Osage Beach Police, although they did arrest five people between February 5th and 11th. Three of the arrests were suspects wanted on outstanding warrants. 60-year old Mark Smetana of Lake Ozark was arrested for persistent DWI and several traffic violations, including leaving the scene of an accident with property damage exceeding $1,000. The final arrest involved 48-year old Dean Allen Holden of Eldon, who was picked up on a stealing charge.