Staying Safe While Out and About During the Holiday Season

It’s Christmas season and how many times have we turned on the news only to hear about crime at local shopping centers, malls and out on the town. Sergeant Arlene Page with the Osage Beach Police Department says to make sure as you are putting bags and packages in your vehicle to either put them out of sight or cover them.  She also says if you go out at night to make sure you park in a well lit area.

Page says it’s a good idea to be very observant about what is happening around you.  If you feel like you are being followed by someone; do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.  Page says they do not mind going out on a call that turns out to be nothing as they want to keep the public safe. 


Search Warrants End with Three Arrests in Camden County

Three Lake Area residents are arrested after two drug busts by law enforcement in Camden County.  The Camden County Sheriff’s Office says on Sunday morning, Street Crime unit deputies and Lake Area Narcotics Officers Group officers served a warrant at a home in the 300 block of Hardwood Drive in Four Seasons.  Meth and drug paraphernalia were found.

Another warrant was served at a residence in the four thousand block of Inlet Lane in Osage Beach.  Officers found meth, anabolic steroids and guns.

29-year old Carl Hodel of Lake Ozark, 32-year old Jordan Webb of Camdenton and 35-year old Michael Haile of Osage Beach were taken into custody at the home on Hardwood Drive.  Each was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  All three suspects were taken to the Camden County Jail.

Webb is being held on a five thousand dollar cash and 10 thousand dollar surety bond.

Hodel is also charged with marijuana possession.  He is being held on a five thousand dollar cash and 10 thousand dollar surety bond.

Haile is facing additional charges of tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest.  He has posted bond and was released.

Michael A. Haile


Carl A. Hodel


Jordan Webb

Morgan County Man Sentenced for 2010 Murder

A Stover man is going to jail for six years for shooting and killing another man three years ago.  61-year old James Wager received the sentence last week.  He had been convicted in November of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for shooting 39-year old Nathan Walked of Ivy Bend in July of 2010.  Prosecutors say Wager had drover to Walker’s home where an argument started; Walked reached for a gun in his car, but Wager got to it first and shot Walker.  Wager told authorities the two had been arguing because he thought Walker had broke into his home and others of people Wager knew.

Teenager Killed in Train Crossing Crash

An 18-year old Lebanon man is dead after a vehicle train crash in Laclede County.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says on Sunday morning, Troy Parker failed to stop his pick up truck at a train crossing on Dunklin Road about three miles west of Lebanon.  The truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train.  Parker was pronounced dead at the scene by the Laclede County coroner.  No word at this time from authorities on whether or not the lights, gate and signal were working at the crossing.

Camdenton woman dies in Friday accident

The winter weather is to blame for a fatal accident involving a Camdenton woman Friday morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident was reported at 7:55 a.m. on Route D, west of Spencer Creek Road. Karla Brown, 42, of Camdenton slid on an ice covered road and traveled into the path of a vehicle driven by Jeanne Mcintosh, 43, of Linn Creek. Mcintosh was struck head on. Mcintosh was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with moderate injuries. She was wearing a seat belt.

Bagnell Dam to close temporarily Wednesday

Ameren UE will temporarily close Bagnell Dam on Business Route 54 in Miller County on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to replace a gate on the dam. The dam will be closed to traffic at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, with plans to reopen by the end of the day. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes during the closure. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto

MoDOT list regional and local highway maintenance work

Here is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the two-week period of December 16 – December 27, 2013. Weather conditions may cause postponements in the work schedule. Other construction or maintenance work may occur on other roadways throughout the area. Many projects will include lane closures, and delays can be expected. In Camden County Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck Bridge replacement continues. The new bridge is open to traffic.
The contractor will continue general cleanup under the bridge and demolition of the old Hurricane Deck Bridge over the next several months. The work will have little impact on traffic, except when the blasting takes place. The next blast is tentatively planned for Friday, December 20. The blast will require the road to be closed for approximately 15 minutes.
Route V between Route 54 and Chandler Drive Culvert pipe repair will take place Monday, December 16 through Friday, December 20. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area. Route V between Route 54 and Route 7 – Roadside maintenance will take place Monday, December 16 through Friday, December 20. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.