It’s a widely recognized, yet “hush-hush” problem at the lake. The issue is sex trafficking. Advertising commercial sex acts soon will be a crime in Missouri under an expanded sex trafficking law. Legislation signed Wednesday by Governor Jay Nixon will expand the crime of sex trafficking in the state to include ads. It takes effect Aug. 28th . Proponents say it will help law enforcement crack down on predators. It outlaws ads on posters, websites, apps and other places for prostitution and pornography of children and non-consenting adults. Those found guilty of sex trafficking face up to 20 years in prison or life behind bars if the victim is a minor or trafficking was committed using force.
Wake Effects in Osage Beach will be the location of a water safety event this Saturday. The free event will be held from 10-3PM at Wake Effects across from Andy’s Frozen Custard on Osage Beach Parkway. At the event, you can hear from water patrol officers, get fitted for a life jacket, learn about electricity and swimming in the lake and see the “Little Laker” provided by Camdenton’s robotics team. Again, the free water safety event is this Saturday, June 25th at Wake Effects from 10AM to 3PM.
Jail space is hard to come by. We’ve often tell you about the issues county jails have. Just about every jail around the Ozarks is dealing with overcrowding. Greene County pays Miller County to house prisoners. In Laclede County, the sheriff came up with a way to try and deal with that. Sheriff Wayne Merritt tells KRMS News they’re going to go from 106 bed jail to 122 bed jail. Plastic bunks or ‘canoes’ have been placed in common areas and under stairwells, until Sheriff Merritt came up with a more permanent housing solution. He put twice the amount of beds in a single cell within cell pods. A local contractor was used to build them. “We got the beds for half the price of what it would cost out of the catalogue,” he explains. This is at no additional cost to county taxpayers. The Laclede County Jail keeps an average of 122 prisoners per month, sometimes as many as 150 inmates. None of the inmates are from the Federal system. They are all county prisoners.
A 21-year-old woman from Rocky Mount receives injuries when the pickup she was in overturned off a low water bridge in Miller County. Debra Banes was a passenger in a vehicle that failed to negotiate a turn while driving north on Hittridge Road at Frazier Oak Road. The driver was 55-year-old Barry Curry of Rocky Mount. Having trouble with the turn, the pickup went off the left side of a low water bridge and overturned. Banes was not wearing a seatbelt. She was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Curry was wearing a seatbelt. He was uninjured.
Missouri is experiencing a dry start this summer. It rained for the first time in more than two weeks in some areas near the lake Monday night, but an expert said that wouldn’t help with the drought situation. Bob Broz, a water quality specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, said, “When we start seeing lower water quantity because we’re in a drought situation, we may in return see other issues with drinking water.” Mid Missouri is in a D-0 drought situation, which is considered abnormally dry conditions. The drought scales ranges from D-0 to D-4.
The Osage Beach and Camdenton Libraries are among several cooling centers available to those with no place to go during the extreme heat prompting the heat advisories. The Camden County Senior Center is also open to those trying to cool-off. Authorities advise using cooling centers during these hot summer months as health issues are elevated by the high temperatures and humidity combination.
Conservation agents say bacteria or a virus caused a fish kill in the Gravois Mill arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. Dead fish were seen floating over the weekend. Such a fish kill is not unusual at this time of year, they say, and harmful to neither swimmers nor boaters. Warmer water temperatures lead to higher bacteria levels.