UPDATE: Miller County Woman Awaits Sentencing for Infant Son’s Death

Christina White, the Miller County woman accused of of killing her seven-month-old son by setting his blanket on fire, withdrew her “not guilty” plea, and acknowledged prosecutors have enough evidence to win a conviction…on second-degree murder, first-degree arson, and child endangerment charges. Prosecutors say the baby suffered severe burns over 60 percent of his body and died 20 days after she set fire to his blanket at her home in Iberia. Under the terms of yesterday’s so-called Alford plea, White does not admit guilt but concedes the government has sufficient evidence to win a conviction, and faces 10 years to life in prison when she is sentenced later this summer.

MO State Parks Offically Open

Missouri State Parks have opened for the summer, including the 17 designated swimming beaches within Missouri’s state parks.    Here in Osage Beach we have one of the states most traveled public parks with two beaches at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, and nearby is Ha Ha Tonka in Camdenton. The Department of Natural Resources samples the water at all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time not an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located. This is determined through multiple testings and taking the mean reading.

Unexpected Turn Around: White Pleads Guilty

In a complete turn around and surprise the women accused of killing her infant son by setting him on fire pled guilty. Christina L. White pled guilty to second-degree murder charges, first-degree arson charges and endangering the welfare of a child Thursday afternoon. Until the hearing Thursday, White was not going to attend the preliminary hearing and go straight to her September 17th trial. Yesterdays guilty pleas were entered following a plea agreement which combined allegations of endangering other children who were at the time of the incident in the home. Also the biggest change and reason for the plea was the charge of murder being modified to a lesser murder 2 or murder in the second degree

Lake Ozark Attorney Convinces to Alderman to Change Sign Ordinance

The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen city attorney had suggested that and a portion of its sign ordinance regulating political signs be removed. Attorney Roger Gibbons said the ordinance was too restrictive in establishing to the person(s) “durational” limits on when political signs can be erected and removed. Lake Ozark has been criticized on how stringent the laws on its signs are and the duration they can be erected. It was with the support of the Alderman that Gibbons recommendation to lift the ordinance because it violated free speech. This judicial precedence was based on an 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 1995.

DNR Gets Study to Find E. Coli Source at Grand Glaize and Public Beach #1

Missouri’s DNR is still working on what should be done about the geese that have made Grand Glaize public beach their hangout, they will be doing more water testing this morning. The two public beaches at Lake of the Ozarks State Park have had ongoing problems with water quality thanks to higher than acceptable levels of E.coli. While some believe the geese are the problem, DNR’s signed deals with USGS Missouri and Ohio Water Science Centers and Missouri University of Science and Technology to do a water quality study, including runoff sampling and source tracking for figure out what’s causing the higher level of E. coli.

2 Busted in Miller County for Meth

Miller County deputies have one suspect in a meth lab bust in Brumley. 38-year old Joseph Vaughan and 38-year old Candace Quick were arrested after the search of a home at 5 O’Hare Drive Wednesday. Investigators say they found a working meth lab and at least 90-grams of methamphetamine. One suspect’s still being held in the Miller County Jail on $300,000 bond, the other’s free on bond. Vaughan was on parole when he was busted for drug related charges.

Ready, Set, Grill! Blues and BBQ Contest on the Bagnell Dam Strip This Weekend

It’s gonna be smokin’ on the Strip! The first ever Lake of the Ozarks Blues and BBQ Weekend is getting underway. Jon Hartenstein is the organizer of the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned grilling competition and blues music event:

Judging begins at noon on Saturday. $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Blues acts will be performing live at bars on the Strip. The street will NOT be closed down, since the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen turned down a request to temporarily lift the city’s open container ban:

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque. It is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts.