A 20-year-old from Eldon wanted in Miller County for failing to appear on a felony drug charge and for questioning in connection to several thefts in Morgan, Cooper and Moniteau counties has been captured following a multi-county pursuit in a stolen vehicle and manhunt. The sequence of events started in Cooper County on Friday when authorities were investigating a stolen vehicle report. Moniteau County deputies spotted the vehicle starting the first pursuit before the vehicle was abandoned and an unnamed female subject being taken into custody. The male subject, identified as Preston James Cash, continued to flee on foot into a wooded area. The search was called off due to low visibility but continued during the early morning hours on Saturday when a resident back in Cooper County reported someone was trying to break in before taking another vehicle from their driveway. The second pursuit then came to an end in the Jamestown area, back in Moniteau County, after Cash allegedly rammed a deputy’s car before pulling into a farm along Highway-87. The deputy broke out a window on the vehicle tasering and pepper spraying Cash who was, reportedly, reaching for an item believed to have been a gun in the back seat. Several new charges are pending against Cash in Moniteau and Cooper counties including assault on a law enforcement officer. Cash is being held in the Moniteau County Jail.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Lake Area until 12pm today (Sunday, 11/14/2018). In addition to wind chill values in the single digits, snow showers are falling across the Lake Area with anywhere from a dusting to an inch or two expected before it’s over. A second round of light snow is expected late tonight with another dusting to about two inches expected. Officials caution, if you have to travel today or tonight, give yourself some extra time to get to your destination and keep an eye on the forecast and roadway conditions. You can check out roadway conditions statewide by linking onto MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map (“http://traveler.modot.org/map/“). As of 8:00am, Highway-54 throughout the Lake Area was, at least, partially covered with a light and dusty snow.
Lake area fire districts respond to a reported commercial structure fire at Tan-Tar-A. The call to the resort, down Route-KK in Osage Beach, was received Saturday morning. According to General Manager Fred Dehner, firefighters made quick work of the blaze.
Assisting Osage Beach at the scene were the Lake Ozark and Mid-County fire districts. Camden County Ambulance personnel also responded. There were no injuries.
Fire department personnel are on the scene of a reported commercial structure fire at Tan-Tar-A. Details are currently not known other than the call was received Saturday morning to an address identified as 121 Tan-Tar-A Drive. Personnel from the Osage Beach, Mid-County and Lake Ozark fire districts and Camden County Ambulance are on the scene. KRMS News will pass along details as they become available.
We may be hitting the peak season for the flu this year…that’s the good news. The bad news, however, there’s still plenty of time for you to come down with a case. Jennifer Bethurem with Lake Regional Health System says, just because you get a flu shot it doesn’t guarantee you from coming down with a case…
Infection Preventionist Denise Dickens says, if you are experiencing any of the typical symptoms, it’s best not to take any chances…
The first week of January saw 34 confirmed cases of the flu treated at Lake Regional…double the number of patients since late December. Several locations are still offering the flu shot with no shortages of the vaccine currently being reported here in the Lake Area.
A 69-year-old Linn Creek man will, apparently, spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced this week in Morgan County. Francis Ossowski entered an open plea of guilty back in November on two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a victim under the age of 12. After a sentencing assessment report was ordered, Ossowski requested that he receive ten years on each count. However, Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden agreed with the recommendation from the prosecuting attorney’s office and, instead, handed the 69-year-old life on each of the two counts to be served concurrently in the department of corrections. The prosecutor’s office issued a statement after the sentencing saying that it is hopeful the victim and victim’s family can find peace of mind knowing that Ossowski is serving life in prison and will never victimize another child.
Lake area law enforcement agencies are generally well-equipped, but there is something they say they need more of….dogs. Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire says, without a doubt, there are not enough K-9 officers to go around.
Miller County’s K-9 handler is Corporal Josh Wilson. He says their four-legged officer, Maugli (moe-gly,) is in high demand.
While some K-9 units specialize in certain tasks, Maugli is a “jack of all trades”….he’s used for drug detection, tracking, and officer protection, putting him in even higher demand.