According to one Camden County Commissioner, tax revenues for 2015 are basically flat. Second District Camden County Commissioner Cliff Luber sent K-R-M-S (93-Five Rocks) News information that shows for 2015, in sales tax numbers in the county were only up by three-point-eight-percent, translating to an increase of only 156-thousand-dollars for the year. In 2015, commissioners voted to give a one-dollar an hour raise to all county employees, the first in several years. The raise amounted to 640-thousand-dollars per year, something Luber has said in the past was uncalled for since there was not enough money. Both Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty and First District Commissioner Bev Thomas have stated the raise was not approved until after they had spoken with department heads about the increased wages. The day the vote was taken, only Hasty and Thomas were in attendance. Luber was not, but was given notice through the daily agenda of the time and place for the vote…
A fugitive from Jackson County that has been on the run for months was captured on Wednesday (10) in Morgan County near Gravois Mills. Michael P. Snider is wanted on several charges including kidnapping and assault. An anonymous tip to the Crime Stoppers hotline in Kansas City led to his arrest. Snider is currently in the custody of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and will soon be handed over to Jackson County authorities.
The Highway Patrol Trooper charged in the drowning death of a 20 year old Iowa man in May of 2014 will be in court today (Thursday-11) in Morgan County for a formal arraignment. Trooper Anthony Piercy is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Brandon Ellingson who drowned at the Lake after allegedly going overboard in the wrong type of life jacket while in the custody of the Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division. If convicted, Piercy faces up to seven years in prison.
Additional information is being released regarding a fire Tuesday (9) that destroyed a 4 story, 14,000 square foot mansion known as “The Castle” located on Castleview Road near the Camden/Laclede County line. The state fire marshal has completed their scene investigation and due to the amount and extent of damage, that exact cause could not be determined. The State Fire Marshal’s office has officially listed the cause as “undetermined.” The owner of the structure places the loss amount for the structure and contents at approximately ten million dollars.
An Osage Beach man was airlifted to a Columbia hospital following a one vehicle accident Wednesday (10) in Camden County. The Highway Patrol reports, 57 year old Mark McKenzie traveled off the left side of the road in his 2005 Toyota Tacoma, then overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck several trees. McKenzie suffered serious injuries and was transported by staff for life to University Hospital. The accident occurred on Wagon Trail Road, 1.5 miles south of Highway 54.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency today (Wednesday 10) approved Governor Jay Nixon’s request to expand the federal major disaster declaration for Missouri to include assistance for local governments and nonprofit agencies in 37 counties, including Camden County, for the cost of responding to and recovering from the historic flooding that affected the state from December 23rd 2015 to January 9th. Damage assessment teams identified an estimated 41-million-dollars in damage to infrastructure and response expenses for the storms that also led to 16 deaths and destroyed or significantly damaged nearly one-thousand homes. On January 25th, Nixon requested FEMA expand the disaster declaration that was granted on January 21st…