Two Dead in Sunday Morning Camden County Crash

Early this morning, two people died in a one-car accident that occurred on Highway 5 in northern Camden County when the driver crossed the center line, overcorrected and left the roadway, striking a tree. According to the Highway Patrol, the vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof.
Terry Lawson, of Leander, Texas and Jeffery King, of Kansas City, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
According to The Highway Patrol report, neither men were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Bridge Replacement Project Starts Monday

As long as the weather allows, a bridge replacement project on Route MM over J Buster Creek in Miller County is scheduled to begin tomorrow. The bridge is located south of Bittle Road.
The bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately 40 days during construction. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the work area.
The bridge replacement is part of MoDOT’s Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program, which will improve 802 of Missouri’s worst bridges by the end of 2012. More than 720 of the bridges included in the program have already been improved statewide.
For more information or for a complete listing of bridges included in the program, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.

Increase in BWI Arrests; Sobriety Checkpoints Planned

A big jump in BWI arrests this year over the Memorial Day weekend… according to updated figures just in from the Missouri State Highway Patrol… 27 boaters were arrested for taking the helm under the influence of alcohol:

Captain Tim Hull says sometime this month – they won’t say exactly when – the Water Patrol will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on Lake of the Ozarks, as part of a national safe boating campaign. . Consider yourself warned.

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.