Eldon Teen Sucked Into Drain Pipe

The search resumed this morning for a teenager who disappeared into a storm drain in Eldon Friday night.  The 17-year-old was apparently swept away by rising water and sucked into a drainage pipe.  Heavy rain hindered the search efforts last night.   A dive team from the Highway Patrol and  Lake Ozark firefighters were assisting Eldon officials in the search effort

House Fire Sparked By Downed Power Line

A house fire in the Cuptree Road area of Morgan County was started by a large tree falling on a power line during Thursday afternoon’s thunderstorms, according to Gravois Fire Protection District Chief Ed Hancock:

fire caused by downed power line

No one was injured in the fire, which was contained to the room of origin. Due to the design of the house, Hancock says the heat was held inside the building, so while only one room was involved in fire, the entire house suffered extensive heat and smoke damage:

house sustained extensive damage

More Severe Weather Moving Thru Lake of the Ozarks Area

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for northwestern Camden County, northern Miller County and southern Morgan County, until 7:00 p.m.

At 6:12 p.m. a line of severe thunderstorms was located along a line extending from 7 miles east of Eldon to 10 miles west of Laurie… and moving northeast at 30 mph. producing quarter size hail and 60 mph wind gusts.

 

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in effect until midnight for Morgan County, northwestern Camden County, northwestern Miller County, Benton County and extreme northeastern Hickory County until midnight.

At 6:12 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated slow moving thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall across the warned area. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches have fallen with additional heavy rainfall expected this evening.  A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Saturday morning.

 

A TORNADO WATCH  remains in effect until 10:00 p.m. for 20 counties in Missouri, including the Lake of the Ozarks area.

 

 

 

25 Tons of Trash Removed from Lake of the Ozarks

The results are in from the 22nd annual Shoreline Cleanup at the Lake of the Ozarks. 447 volunteers,  representing 50 Adopt-the-Shoreline member groups, removed 578 cubic yards of trash and debris, weighing more than 25 tons,  from over 325 miles of shoreline. Ameren Missouri, which sponsors the Adopt-the-Shoreline program, paid more than $9,000 to dispose of the trash and debris collected.

Weather conditions posed a challenge and prevented some groups from participating in this year’s cleanup, which began on March 16th.  Bryan Vance, coordinator of the annual event, says under the circumstances, this year’s effort proves the Adopt-the-Shoreline program has the most dedicated and committed volunteers at the Lake. Vance says those who weren’t able to make it out this spring have already started making plans for the fall cleanup.

Tornado Watch Til 9 P.M.

A Tornado Watch  remains in effect until 9:00 tonight.  The Watch area includes 34 central Missouri counties, including all of the Lake of the Ozarks area.

In addition, Benton and Morgan counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 10 p.m.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of southwest Missouri through Saturday morning.

Versailles Man Arrested For Trying to Have Sex With Underage Girls

A 28-year old Versailles man is in custody in Lafayette County after he allegedly tried to arrange to have sex with two girls under the age of 14.  The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department says the arrest is the result of an online undercover chat operation.  The probable cause statement says a detective started a conversation with Bryan Meador in April and another detective started a conversation with Meador in May.  Meador allegedly offered money to what he thought were two 14-year old girls for sex.  Meador was arrested on Friday after his wife discovered text messages on his phone to the two girls who were really the detectives.  He is charged with enticement of a child.  Meador is currently on probation for endangering the welfare of a child.