Police Looking for Assault Suspect

Osage Beach Police are asking for your help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with the assault of another man.  Early Sunday morning, officers responded to the 11 hundred block of Mace Road and found a man who had been assaulted with a knife.  The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 35 to 38 years old, and five foot four with a thin mustache.  He was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.  The suspect has Alexandria tattooed on the right side of his neck and Jesus tattooed on his left arm.  Police say he goes by Miscro (MICE CROW) and may also be using the name of Ruben Garcia or Ruben Miranda.  He may be driving a gold Town and County Chrysler minivan.  The suspect is known to frequent the Camdenton area.  Anyone with information is asked to call Osage Beach Police.

New Health Center Coming to Camden County

There’s going to be a new federally qualified health center coming to Camdenton soon as a part of the 11 grants that were awarded by the federal grant application program called New Access Point Grants. The Missouri Foundation for health, an organization the helps health clinics apply and receive these grants helped to get 11 new places to be built around the state including a new place here in Camdenton. Ryan Barker is the community information liaison for the Missouri Foundation for health and he says this new location will be open very soon

Barker says they had helped the Richland Medical Center apply for this grant that awarded to them a little over $700,000 dollars to build the location. Because it is federally qualified they will be able to see patients with or without insurance and very low cost because the federal government heavily subsides those clinics in particular.

Scam Warning from Osage Beach Police

The Osage Beach Police Department recently received a report from an Osage Beach residence who was contacted by a purported loan company advising that the she qualified for a $10,000 loan.  The victim was then instructed that before she could receive the proceeds from the loan, she must pay the $670.00 interest up front through a green dot debit card.   Needless to say the victim is out the $670.00 and the loan company doesn’t exist. Sergeant Arlene Page is with Osage Beach police says there are a variety of scams out there to watch for.

Reminder don’t ever fall for the scam that you have won the lottery from a foreign country and you need to pay the taxes before receiving your money.  You will always lose. 

Most of the time this consists of a letter or email being received by the intended victim advising that they have won several thousand or even millions of dollars.  The victim is required to send, via money order, the taxes required.  If you fall for it, you will continue to receive correspondence stating that you money is being held someplace else waiting for you to send additional funds for that country’s tax. 

Lake Ozark Board of Alderman Passes 2014 Budget

The budget for 2014 is in place for the city of Lake Ozark.  At their meeting on Tuesday night, the Board of Alderman passed the budget by a vote of six to nothing.  Lake Ozark City Administrator Dave Van Dee says sales tax numbers in the city were up for 2013 which has an impact on the 2014 budget.

The budget for 2014 will allow the city to hire one full time person in the sewer department.  The city will also purchase two new vehicles for the police department.  These will be paid for in cash rather than being financed.

Secretary of State Visits Camdenton on Wednesday

Secretary of State Jason Kander will visit the Camdenton Senior Center this morning at 11:15 a.m., as part of a week-long statewide tour. Kander will talk with Missouri seniors about protecting their hard-earned savings from investment scams and unregistered investment advisers or brokers. In Missouri, a person offering or selling securities must be registered with the Missouri Securities Division in Kander’s office. Investors should always check the status of their investment adviser or broker/dealer before making an investment. Missourians can do so by calling the Investor Protection Hotline at 1-800-721-7996.

Kerosene Heater Destroys Osage Beach Home

A fire destroys a home in Osage Beach.  Osage Beach Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer says they were called just after 6:00 on Monday night to a residence on Lakehurst Circle off of Osage Beach Road.  Crews found flames coming from the garage and the roof of the home.  Dorhauer says the cause of the fire is a kerosene heater that was being too closely to combustible materials in the garage.  Dorhauer says space heaters and other home heating devices can be dangerous.

Dorhauer says the home is believed to be a total loss.  No one was injured.  Osage Beach fire crews were assisted by Lake Ozark Fire and Osage Beach Police and Ambulance.

Winter Storm Impacting Blood Supply in Lake Area

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is strongly urging eligible donors to give blood this week following last week’s winter storm.  That storm caused numerous blood drives to be cancelled and resulted in the loss of over 800 scheduled blood donations. Chris Pilgrim is marketing manager for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and says the blood center runs a tight inventory schedule.

The area remains on a CODE YELLOW ALERT for type A negative and type O negative blood.  A Code Yellow Alert means there is less than a two day supply of blood for use by patients at 38 area hospitals. Donors to Community Blood Center of the Ozarks provide all of the blood and blood products to patients at thirty-eight area hospitals.  To hold a blood drive at your church, school or business, call CBCO at 1-800-280-5337.