We now know more about that multiple structure fire which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fire was located on Highway 17 near Iberia in Miller County. Fire Chief Greg Onstott of the Iberia Rural Fire Department says the fire consumed an old trailer house along with a former business building that at one time was the office for Empire gas. The fire is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshall. The Crocker, Brumley and Tri-county Fire Departments along with the Miller County Sheriff’s deputies and the Iberia Police Department assisted in the operation.
Two more suspects have been charged in connection with the robbery and brutal beating of an elderly man from Swedeborg on July 25th. According to police, 43 year old Vernon Dale Parker and 33 year old Shawn Green face numerous charges including first degree assault, felonious restraint, first degree burglary, two counts of theft of a firearm. Parker has also been charged with burglary and theft in Osage Beach as well as two other locations in Miller County. Both men are being held on one million dollars cash bond. The victim, 82 year old Robert Willhite continues to recover from critical injuries he received. A total of six suspects including a Richland man have now been arrested in connection with the case.
Four people have been arrested over the past week by the Camdenton Police Department. 40 year old Judith Dressel of House Springs was arrested for driving while intoxicated while 45 year old Murlene Kidd, 35 year old Pad Webster, and 50 year old John Sorensen all of Camdenton were picked up on warrants for probation violation. Camdenton police responded to a total of 25 calls between July 30th and August 5th.
Staff for Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt will hold a mobile office Thursday in Versailles. Mobile offices are opportunities for residents to ask questions and voice concerns about the Federal Government one-on-one with the Senator’s staff. The mobile office is being held Thursday from 3 to 4pm at the Morgan County Courthouse.
Improvements to Nichols Road will be one of several items on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the Osage Beach Board of Alderman. The Board is also expected to authorize the mayor to execute a contract for professional design services for the parking lot and pavilion fill plan at Peanick park as well as a contract for sidewalk improvements for the Osage Beach Parkway. The Board will also consider authorizing disposal of the city’s surplus property, discuss a bid award for water meters, consider authorization to apply for well plugging funds and will make an appointment to the board of adjustment. Thursday’s meeting begins at 6:30 in city hall.
The Lake of the Ozarks is bustling with big time people visiting in the past month. From sightings of NASCAR racer Clint Bowyer to a nationally syndicated travel show, the Lake has received a great name for itself in 2014. Heather Brown is with the Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau and she says two big name travel programs have been in town
Brown says area business owners are seeing customers more frequently
Brown was also excited to announce some initiatives on the west end of the Grand Glaize bridge where the Citizens Advisory Committee has been working on a tourist program known as the passport to the parkway set to debut soon.