A Climax Springs man has been arrested on drug charges. The Camden County Street Crimes Unit from Lake Area Narcotics Task Force conducted an investigation in the 200 block of Simpson Drive in Climax Springs. Agents searched the home of 30 year old Brandon Arnett and found psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana. Arnett has been charged with a class “a” felony of distributing a controlled substance near a school. Arnett is currently being held at the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on a $5000 cash or $30,000 surety bond.
The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District will be conducting an ice rescue training this afternoon at Captain Ron’s on Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach. The training will consist of a short lectured followed by actual practical exam involving firefighters using cold water emermissions suits to enter the lake and recover live role players. The presentation will happen at 2pm.
Residents will be able to vote one more time on a possible levy increase for the April election for the Mid County Fire Protection District. A levy increase that was on the ballot in November of last year was denied causing the district to have to consider closing stations and selling equipment. That caused residents to flock to the Mid County meetings when they found out their homeowners insurance would more than likely go up due to the closings. After a packed house meeting Fire Chief Scott Frandsen decided that after that meeting where several residents indicated they would be willing to serve on a citizen committee to promote the ballot measure that they would put it back to a vote to the people during the upcoming April elections across the county. The levy will add no more than 12 cents on the 100 dollars assessed to support the district which has been running on the budget originally set in 1986.
The Lake West Chamber of Commerce has announced their new Executive Director following the retirement of long time director Mike Kenagy. Karie Maasen was elected to be the new director following her three years as president of the board. Under her direction the Lake West Chamber created the first tiered membership program in 2010 which has been adopted by several other chambers across the state.
One person is in very serious condition following a one vehicle accident in LacledeCounty just south of the Camden County line in Stoutland. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Steven Magers of Lebanon was traveling south on south outer road 1 when he lost control of his 1997 ford ranger pickup on the ice covered roadway. He overcorrected causing the vehicle to turn over on its side then turning again and coming to rest on its wheels while ejecting Magers onto the roadway. Magers was taken to mercy hospital in Springfield.
The Eldon R-1 School District is looking at putting a no tax bond increase on the April ballot for voters in the district. Similar to the no tax bond issue the Camdenton R-3 schools had last year, Eldon is looking to extend the current bond from 15 years to 20 years in order to access the money needed to complete a storm shelter in the school as well as renovations to the auditorium and safety improvements throughout the school. The storm shelter room will also double as the new early learning center for the district. The storm shelter is expected to cost around 2.3 million dollars, 1 million of which will be covered by the federal emergency management agency and the other under the revised bond if approved by the voters.
Two investigations by a local drug task force have resulted in the arrest of seven people at a Lebanon motel. Police say the seven suspects are behind bars at the Laclede County Jail on felony charges following separate investigations earlier this week at the Route 66 Motel. Charges range from possession of a controlled substance to possession of a chemical with the intent to create a controlled substance as well as possession of a methamphetamine precursor with the intent to produce methamphetamine.