Wednesday is Winter Weather Awareness Day

Winter weather is right around the corner, and the time to prepare is now. Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service says there might not be time when the first storm is bearing down on us:

The Weather Service is joining forces with state and local officials to promote Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri. Now is the time to stock up on emergency supplies and get a plan in order:

Missourians can prepare for winter by:
· Creating a family emergency plan and an emergency kit with bottled water and food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage. Kits should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, manual can opener and a first-aid kit.
· Securing an alternate fuel source such as firewood or a generator. Make sure your fireplace functions properly. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that your generator functions properly. Only operate generators outdoors.
· Creating a winter car kit in the trunk of the car. This includes a blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy-type food, jumper cables, flares, shovel, sand or shingles to give tires traction.

The National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri’s local emergency managers are joining forces to promote Nov. 14 as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri.

 

Armed Robbery at Sunrise Beach Store

Camden County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery this afternoon at Gidget’s Gadgets, an adult entertainment store on Hwy 5, just north of the Hurricane Deck Bridge in Sunrise Beach. The gunman made off with an undetermined amount of cash and fled on foot.  The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, 5’6″-5’7″, 150-175 pounds, wearing dark colored jeans, a camouflage jacket and sunglasses, with a “nicely trimmed” red beard.

Road Work – Week of 11/12/2012

CAMDEN COUNTY

Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Much of the work currently taking place will not affect traffic. However occasional lane closures on the bridge are likely, as crews work alongside the bridge.

Route 54 between Business Route 54 and Key Largo Road – Roadside maintenance will take place today thru Friday, November 16. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route MM between Route TT and Route 242 – Roadside maintenance will take place today thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route TT between Route F and the end of state maintenance – Roadside maintenance will take place today thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MILLER COUNTY

Route 42 between Route 17 and Route 134 – Shoulder widening continues. Periodic lane closures are likely, and motorists are advised to use caution through the area. The project is scheduled for completion in July 2013.

Route 52 bridge over Route 54 – Bridge maintenance will take place tomorrow thru Wednesday, November 21st. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route A between Route 42 and Route PP – Culvert pipe replacement will take place tomorrow thru Wednesday, November 21st. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route MM between Route 54 and Hart Drive – Roadway maintenance will take place tomorrow thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MORGAN COUNTY

Route 5 bridge over Soap Creek – Bridge maintenance will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Accident Takes Life of Sunrise Beach Man

A 47-year old Sunrise Beach man is dead after a one vehicle accident over the weekend in Camden County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says on Saturday night, a pick up driven by Johnny McAbee was backing up on Sunlight Drive east of Standing Rock when it went off the road. The truck hit two tree stumps and overturned onto its top. McAbee was pronounced dead at the scene. The Highway Patrol says that McAbee was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

One Arrest After Camden County Crash

Two people are taken to the hospital with serious injuries after their car goes off the road and flips over in Camden County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened early yesterday morning on Highway 7, just south of Sweatt Lane. The driver, 24-year old Derek Weldy of Montreal and a passenger, 23-year old Andrea Moor of Gladstone were both taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment. Weldy is also facing three charges including driving while intoxicated and assault. The Highway Patrol says no one was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Co-Mo to Members: Here’s Your Money Back

Co-Mo Electric will be returning more than $2 million to its members, in the form of credits on their electric bills between now and the end of the year. Spokesman John Agliata explains this is what Co-Mo as a cooperative from other forms of businesses:

This is the eighth straight year that Co-Mo is returning money to its members by crediting their electric bills. By not mailing checks to active members, he says, the cooperative has saved more than $100,000:

Some Co-Mo members will actually owe no money because the credits cover their entire bill. Since the cooperative was formed in 1939, more than $40 million has been returned to members.

Osage Beach Man to Stand Trial for Defrauding Joplin Tornado Victims

An Osage Beach man will stand trial on charges of defrauding victims of last year’s Joplin tornado. 65-year-old Jeffrey Wolfson and his wife are accused of taking nearly $38,000 of insurance money from three Joplin property owners without performing the promised repairs. Wolfson will be tried on charges of theft and deceptive business practice. Schoeller’s wife, who lives in Springfield, faces similar charges.