The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering some key changes for deer hunting. The MDC is looking into changing the length of deer season, limiting the number of kills and permit fees for non-residents. For the fall firearms season, they’re looking to reduce the November portion from 11 to 9 days and the length of the antlerless portion would be reduced from 12 to 3 days. According to the MDC, the changes are needed because the deer numbers in most parts of the state are now at or below desired levels. The MDC is seeking public input on the proposed changes and will be holding a series of public meetings. To find out when and where go to mdc.gov.
The Camden County sheriff’s office has announced a new website has been released for the public. It’s called “safe town” and is a web based platform that allows interaction between the public and the sheriff’s office. Citizens will be able to view current inmates, report traffic accidents, suspicious activity, animal issues, roadway hazards and other information. Additional features are expected to be added throughout the year. Residents can access the site by going to camdenmo.safetown.org.
Unemployment numbers of those actively seeking work are being released for the month of December and show local figures are a little higher than the state average. In Camden County the unemployment rate is 7.4 percent, Miller County checked in at 6.8 and Morgan County was 6.5 percent. Statewide the number is 5.4 percent which is slightly below the national average. The Missouri House has also passed a bill which could change the number of weeks someone can collect unemployment benefits as it would link that number to the state unemployment rate. The bill now goes to the senate.
The murder trial of a Laclede County man has been continued until July. Bradley Wayne Montgomery was scheduled to be in court this week for a pre-trial conference however that has now been rescheduled for June 1st with his trial set to begin July 13th. Montgomery is accused of fatally stabbing his roommate Gaylan Bennatt in January of 2014. He has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action.
Recently we updated you regarding the ongoing dispute between the former Camden county presiding commissioner Kris Franken and associate commissioner Cliff Luber over access to emails. Franken alleges Luber did not have permission to read his emails and redact any information. There are now new some developments in the situation as the case is now being handled by the Missouri attorney general’s office. Initially the highway patrol investigated the matter and then handed it over to the new Camden County prosecutor Michael Gilley, who also being an elected official thought it best to turn it over to the attorney general for his consideration.
A special presentation will be given prior to Tonight’s (Thursday) meeting of the Osage Beach board of alderman. Joe Driskill, executive director for the Leonard Wood Institute will speak about the proposed changes at Fort Leonard Wood and the potential impact that could have on the lake area. Today’s presentation will be held at Osage Beach city hall beginning at 5:30 pm.
KRMS has received several reports of accidents following the icy weather conditions that hit the lake area yesterday (wed). Accidents have been reported in Laclede County on route “AA” while in Miller County and accidents were reported on jade road and also on u.s. 54 at business 54. One wreck occurred in Morgan County on route “C” while an accident in Hickory County on highway 64 south of Nemo bridge and in Moniteau County on highway 5 were also reported. Several people were injured in the accidents mainly receiving minor to moderate injuries including a mother and her eleven year old daughter from Hickory County.