Lake Area Vietnam Veterans At State Capitol on Saturday

On Saturday, four veterans will be honored as part of the first Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri, and two of those veterans are from the Lake of the Ozarks area.  Governor Jay Nixon and Major General Stephen L. Danner, Adjutant General of Missouri, will honor the veterans in a ceremony on Saturday morning inside the Governor’s office at the state capitol.  US Navy Veteran John Albright from Sunrise Beach and US Air Force Veteran Michael Puckett from Camdenton will be receiving medals, medallions and certificates.  In 2012, Gov. Nixon signed into law a bill designating March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri. The day is designed to encourage Missourians to observe the day with appropriate events, activities and remembrances in honor of those who served during the Vietnam conflict.

Funeral This Weekend for Eldon Man Killed in Alaska

Funeral services are scheduled for this weekend for a former Eldon minister who moved to Alaska to become a law enforcement officer. The body of 54-year-old Thomas Madole was brought back to Eldon on Tuesday night. Madole was shot to death last week in a rural Alaskan town where he was village public safety officer. Visitation is scheduled for Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon. Services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Barnett.  Burial will follow at the Greenmore Memorial Gardens also in Barnett.

DNR Permit Granted for Rocky Mount Sewer Project

Phase 1 of a six phase sanitary sewer treatment plant and collection system is closer to reality in Rocky Mount.  The sewer district board announced at their meeting on Wednesday night that they have received an approval letter from the Department of Natural Resources for the plant which will be built on Lake Road Y-13 one mile from Lick Branch Cove.  At a public hearing last week, residents expressed their concerns about water quality and property values.  Project engineers and sewer district officials say the effluence released from the plant will be better than the lake water.  Property values are expected to rise because of the sewer connection.  The project will cost about four million dollars, all of that will come from grants and loans.  Construction on the plant is expected to start this summer.

Drug Arrests in Miller County

Two people are in custody after a traffic stop by the Missouri Highway Patrol.  On Wednesday afternoon, 25-year old Joshua Mazelin of Lebanon was pulled over in Miller County.  He was arrested for driving while intoxicated – drugs, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and property damage.  Mazelin was taken to Mid-Missouri Health where he is being held without bond.  A passenger, 22-year old Eric Lonczkowski of Lebanon was arrested for possession of a synthetic cannabinoid.  He was taken to the Miller County Jail on a 24 hour hold.  

Lake Ozark Sinkhole Repaired; Road Reopened

A road in Lake Ozark closed because of a sinkhole has been reopened to traffic.  The Lake Ozark Public Works Department has completed the repairs necessary to reopen Valley Road between Station Drive and School Road, which had been closed since the weekend.  And Lake Ozark Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos says they think they know what caused the sink hole —  the road had been built over a septic tank, and collapsed.

Eldon Man Killed in Alaska

A former Eldon resident has received a hero’s welcome home…for his funeral.  54-year-old Thomas Madole was shot and killed in the line of duty last week while working as a Village Public Safety Officer in Manokotak, a rural community in southwest Alaska. His body was returned to Eldon Tuesday afternoon.  Mayor Ronald Bly arranged a police escort from the Kansas City International Airport to Phillips Funeral home, led by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Eldon Police officers.  Visitation will be held on Friday; services and burial are scheduled for Saturday.


Co-Mo Warns of Scam Targeting Members

Someone claiming to be a Co-Mo Electric Cooperative employee or representative has been calling former members about unclaimed capital credits. The caller asks for a “finder’s fee” to be sent to a relative of his.  Capital credits are what a member of an electric cooperative earns by being an owner. Any time the cooperative has margins left over at the end of the year, its board of directors can allocate that money to be returned to the membership at some point in the future after it has been used as an investment into the electrical system.  Capital credits occasionally go unclaimed when a member leaves the cooperative’s system and fails to provide a forwarding address or phone number.  Spokesman John Agliata says Co-Mo never calls people about unclaimed credits:

John Agliata – Co-Mo scam

Co-Mo plans to pursue legal action and they’re asking anyone who may have been targeted to call their customer service department at 800-781-0157, so authorities can be made aware of the scope of the scam.