Hunters across the Lake of the Ozarks are gearing up for firearms deer season which begins this weekend. However, there is one way residents don’t want to bag a deer…with their vehicle. That’s what almost happened to two Versailles men last night (Monday). According to the Highway Patrol, 33 year old Brian Bailey swerved to avoid hitting a deer on old Highway 5 at indigo road and went off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. Both bailey and a passenger, 51 year old Ernest Hall were injured in the accident. Hall was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
There may some new consequences coming down the pike for those who don’t pay their child support. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently revoked or suspended hunting and fishing licenses for 415 people who failed to pay child support. A spokesman for the MDC says the department is simply following the law. Those who have their hunting and fishing privileges revoked can get them reinstated by simply paying what they owe. Officials say the policy can prove to be very positive as those who want to hunt bad enough will pay up.
Leon Taylor is set to be executed next Wednesday in Missouri for the killing of an Independence gas station attendant in 1994. Attorneys for Taylor have requested clemency due to concerns over the role race has played in his death sentence. Attorneys say he is a black man who was sentenced by an all white jury and they’ve raised concern about prosecutor misconduct during his trial.
Fire crews from all over the Lake area are attempting to extinguish a fire that has been burning since Mid-Monday afternoon. According to Mid-County Fire Chief Scott Frandsen, fire crews have been fighting high winds which have been thwarting the efforts of firefighters to put out the blaze near Lake Road 7-3 and Velvet road that has caused damage to a Garage as well as a backhoe and dump truck from the fire department. Parts of highway 7 have been so thick with smoke it’s become nearly impossible to travel. Firefighters are advising people to stay away from the area while crews attempt to bring this fire under control. We will have more updates as the information is released.
Area Fire Departments are asking the public to stop starting fires after wind speeds have started climbing towards 30 miles an hour in the community. Fire departments all across the lake are being called out to small leaf fires, which are getting out of control as the winds pickup. Until the winds die down, it is recommended that you hold of any fires and if a fire is already burning, using a garden hose or a bucket of water, put it out.
Police are on the lookout for a robber that may be heading towards the Lake area. According to reports, a suspect wearing black work shoes, dark pants, dark hooded jacket, wearing a bandana on their face, sunglasses and blue latex gloves, robbed the Bee Line snack shop in Holts Summit early Monday morning. Police say a person went behind the counter at the mini-mart and restrained the employee before taking cash from the register and then heading down 54. If you see anyone fitting the description you’re asked to contact your local police department.
A Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured over the weekend following a traffic stop on Highway 54 near River Road. According to the Highway Patrol, 26 year old Deputy Kyle Walters of Lake Ozark had stopped a vehicle on the eastbound side of 54 when another vehicle reportedly hit him with the mirror on the vehicle, then drove away. Walters was taken to Lake Regional for treatment and Highway Patrol members are now looking for the driver and the vehicle, but have very few leads.