The man convicted of murdering a Maries County mother and her two children in 1998 is scheduled to be put to death just after midnight. Barring a stay of execution, 35 year old Mark Christeson would be the ninth inmate executed this year in Missouri. However, several religious leaders and former judges are asking for the U.S. Supreme Court and the Governor to halt the execution because Christeson’s attorney was inadequate, denying him the right to a federal court appeal. Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman says he will be witnessing the execution.
Camdenton Fire Chief Drew Stark continues to recover from injuries he sustained following a freak accident at the department’s business office. Camdenton Police Chief Laura Wright says Stark was injured after a motor vehicle crashed into the building Friday afternoon.
Wright says 52 year old Jacquelyn G. Johnson has been arrested for vehicular assault.
Wright says chief stark continues to recover from his injuries after he was airlifted to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Possible boundary changes for the Camdenton R-3 school district are being considered by its board of education. Recently, a committee was formed to study the possibility of changing the boundaries for the elementary schools. The current boundary between the elementary schools at the main campus in Camdenton and Osage Beach elementary is route KK. The board is looking into moving that to route “Y”. They’re also considering moving the boundary on the Westside between the main campus and Hurricane Deck Elementary to the Niangua Bridge. The board will also review a growth study that was done by an architectural firm to help with making a final decision.
Four arrests have been made following a joint sex offender compliance operation conducted by the Maries County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal’s office. Sheriff Chris Heitman says one of those arrested was Garlan l. Weyand who is a persistent sex offender. Weyand is being charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender because he provided false information to law enforcement about where he lived. Heitman says Weyand has an extensive criminal history and may be sentenced to no less than ten years and up to 30 years in prison.
Six arrests have been made over the past week by the Osage Beach Police Department. 22 year old Joshua Westbrook of Camdenton, 22 year old Jesse Lee Harold Gigrich and 61 year old John Hayden Jr. Of Osage Beach were all arrested for D.W.I. while 17 year old Ryan McDaniel was picked up for third degree assault. A 16 year old juvenile also from Osage Beach was arrested by police for stealing from Wal-Mart and 35 year old Robert Weber of Lake Ozark was picked up on warrants for failure to appear and probation/parole violation.
The Camdenton Police Department is investigating the theft of an undetermined amount of money that has allegedly occurred by a food service employee at the Camdenton School District. That’s according to Police Chief Laura Wright.
Wright says the employee was terminated last month for embezzlement. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it unfolds.
Work continues on a tornado safe room in the Eldon school district. School Superintendent Matt Davis is pleased with the way the project has been coming along and says the new safe room will be a welcome addition as student safety continues to be a top priority for the district.
According to Davis the block is almost finished for the safe room which will also serve as an early learning center. The two million dollar project is scheduled to be completed by March 1st.