Nichols Road will be a topic of discussion tonight during the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen meeting. Public Works Director Nick Edelman will present proposed modifications to the road’s construction contract. Also up for discussion tonight will be an amended plat at the Villas at Grand Glaize and a discussion regarding the possibility of the city hiring special counsel to help with their TIFs. Tonight’s Osage Beach Board of Aldermen meeting, in City Hall, begins at 6 o’clock.
A vehicle pursuit which began in Benton County when two subjects failed to pay for gas comes to an end in Morgan County after the vehicle is wrecked and a short foot pursuit. Sheriff Norman Dills says the sequence of events started shortly after 3:00 Wednesday morning with Benton County ending their pursuit and contacting Morgan County about the stolen vehicle. Deputies from Morgan County picked up the pursuit along Highway-135 south of Stover before losing the vehicle which went out of control crashing through a fence post and continuing off the roadway. The vehicle was discovered a couple hours later wrecked in a creek with the two occupants nearby. They were taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit and taken to the Morgan County Jail. 26-year-old Joey Hays, of Jefferson City, and 41-year-old Michael Slack, of Sedalia, both face one count of tampering with a motor vehicle with bond, for each, set at $25-thousand. They both also had other outstanding warrants.
The following is a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Missouri:
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Osage Beach, Mo., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today for a scheme to open fraudulent bank accounts in order to cash checks stolen from the mail.
Chrystal Lynn Bernstein, 27, of Osage Beach, was charged in a 21-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Bernstein on Feb. 17, 2017.
The federal indictment charges Bernstein with eight counts of possessing stolen mail on separate occasions from Dec. 15, 2016, to March 14, 2017. Bernstein allegedly possessed checks that were stolen from the victims’ mailboxes.
Bernstein is also charged with 10 counts of bank fraud related to her scheme to use stolen identity information to open bank accounts in Boone and Camden Counties in order to cash or deposit the stolen checks. Bernstein allegedly obtained stolen mail, including checks, and altered the payee on the checks in order to cash or deposit them into the fraudulent accounts.
The federal indictment also charges Bernstein with three counts of aggravated identity theft related to her use of stolen identities to open the bank accounts.
Larson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, Booneville, Mo., Police Department, the Camdenton, Mo., Police Department, the Lake Ozark, Mo., Police Department and the Osage Beach, Mo., Police Department.
More information regarding the investigation into an alleged “hostile work environment” in Camden County has been released. Attorneys for the County Commission gave them permission to release video footage that was used during the investigation into County Clerk Rowland Todd and his employees’ part in the claims. In the video, Todd is seen entering the Human Resources Department while one the HR employees is present. He then removes personnel files and takes them into his office, placing them in a file cabinet and leaving them there for two weeks. According to the report, an HR employee was using those files to fill out the proper paperwork to get county employees their retirement benefits and Todd took them in an effort to “sabotage” the employee. The full report and video are both posted below.
The Camden County Commission is set to meet with local government officials tomorrow morning to discuss the possibility of starting an airport authority for the county. Officials from both Osage Beach and Camdenton will meet with the commission, who has discussed the long-term possibility of building a crosswind runway at the Camdenton Memorial Airport to use for commercial airlines. The commission believes this could help bring even more tourism dollars to the county, growing the economy tremendously. The commission is set to meet in open session at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning in their office
KRMS and 93.5 ROCKS owner Dennis Klautzer has given complete and total access of the lake area’s most powerful two-way radio repeater to the Camden County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. This will allow storm spotters and emergency management personal to communicate clearly throughout all of central Missouri. It will also act a vital link to other repeaters in the National weather service spotters network. This repeater system valued at over $20,000 will be upgraded thru a grant from Camden county emergency management. Dennis Klautzer said “The lake needs a reliable communication network for weather and emergency services. This will aid in keeping our visitors and residents safe with time matters. We also look forward to using this repeater for big events like the Shootout and Lake Race. It’s my pleasure to provide this to Camden County”
Although it’s been back up and online for a while now, the Camden County Sheriff’s Department’s website is still considered a work in progress. Sheriff Tony Helms says one particular feature of the website, the “most wanted”, has really proven to be an invaluable tool for his department with help from the public in tracking down fugitives.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Department currently has nine fugitives still on the loose. Only those who have, allegedly, committed serious drug offenses or other crimes get put on the list.