Weekend Marks One Year Anniversary of Drowning Death

brandon ellingsonThis Sunday will mark the one year anniversary since the drowning death of an Iwoa man at the Lake. On May 31st, 2014, 20 year old Brandon Ellingson drowned while in the custody of the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Water Division. Here’s a timeline of events surrounding the tragic incident. In September, a coroner’s inquest ruled Ellingson’s death accidental and special prosecutor Amanda Grellner announced she would not file criminal charges in the case again Trooper Anthony Piercy who was the arresting officer. However in January, Grellner announced she had received new information and was taking a fresh look at the case. Then in March, she recused herself from the case citing a conflict of interest and Crawford County Prosecutor William C. Seay was appointed to take her place. Ellingson’s family has also filed two federal lawsuits against the Highway Patrol following their son’s death.

Highway Patrol to Conduct DWI Checkpoint in Miller County in June

Missouri-State-Highway-PatrolThe Missouri Highway Patrol says a D-W-I saturation will be held in Miller County in June. D-W-I saturation’s are part of the Patrol’s efforts to remove careless and impaired drivers from Missouri’s highways, and are conducted in areas which have been found to experience a higher than normal number of alcohol-related contacts, hazardous driving contacts, and traffic crashes. Approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are not at the time of the traffic crash. The Patrol urges motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint…

Open Containers Allowed For Lake Race Street Party

open containerThe Lake Ozark Board of Alderman voted approval to allow open alcohol containers during the Lake Race Street Party this year. City Administrator Dave Van Dee says this was approved thanks to the cooperation of area bars along the Bagnell Dam Strip…

The open containers will only be allowed in cordoned off designated areas of the strip. Van Dee says they will review what happens this year and look at the issue again for next year…

EPA Releases Final Waters of the US Rule

EPAUnited States Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri issued the following statement today (Wednesday 27) after the Environmental Protection Agency released its finalized Waters of the United States rule:

“The EPA’s rule represents an unprecedented power grab by the Obama Administration that will hurt farm families, job creation, home construction, roads, and energy development in Missouri and nationwide. The Administration has no business regulating puddles, ditches, and ponds across the country. I’m working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to block the EPA’s massive takeover of private and state waters, and I’ll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the Obama Administration’s blatant overreach into their private lives and property.” – unquote…

Charter Seeks Merger with Time Warner

cable tvTwo large communication industries are asking to merge. Charter Communications, which is the local cable provider to Osage Beach, Camdenton, Lake Ozark and surrounding communities, is seeking a 78-billion-dollar buy out of rival Time Warner Cable. Time Warner and Charter are the number two and three cable companies in the U.S. Charter also announced they are trying to acquire Bright House Networks for just over ten-billion-dollars. If the merger is approved, Charter will serve nearly 24-million customers in 41 states…

Sunday Marks One Year Since Drowning of 20 Year Old Iowa Man

brandon ellingsonThis Sunday will mark the one year anniversary since the drowning death of an Iowa man at the Lake. On May 31st, 2014, 20 year old Brandon Ellingson drowned while in the custody of the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Water Division. Here’s a timeline of events surrounding the tragic incident. In September, a coroner’s inquest ruled Ellingson’s death accidental and special prosecutor Amanda Grellner announced she would not file criminal charges in the case again Trooper Anthony Piercy who was the arresting officer. However in January, Grellner announced she had received new information and was taking a fresh look at the case. Then in March, she recused herself from the case citing a conflict of interest and Crawford County Prosecutor William C. Seay was appointed to take her place. Ellingson’s family has also filed two federal lawsuits against the Highway Patrol following their son’s death.
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Governor Nixon Breaks Ground for New Fulton State Mental Hospital

nixonGovernor Jay Nixon joined elected officials and other dignitaries for a groundbreaking ceremony today (Wed) for the new Fulton State Mental Hospital campus. Last year, the General Assembly backed the Governor’s plan for replacing the state’s outdated and deteriorating maximum security psychiatric facility with a new state of the art mental hospital that will be safer and more conducive to modern treatment.

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