The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a two car accident Friday night results in five people taken to the hospital. 40 year old Angel Eaton from Tuscumbia was driving eastbound on Highway 54 at West Brazito Road in Cole County. Troopers say she tried to make a left turn from the right hand lane and slammed into a car driven by 42 year old Kenneth Scott from Columbia. Scott had his wife and four year old twins in the car with him, about 9 pm.
Grand Glaize Beach in Lake of the Ozarks State Park remained closed for a third weekend. The Department of Natural Resources will take water samples today. The DNR’s Renee Bungart said last week that the decision to close a beach is made based on the average of tests. Levels were acceptable, last Monday, but not when added to levels of previous weeks. She felt if the levels are low again today, though, the average will allow the Department to open the beach in time for the 4th of July Weekend. Results will be available, later in the week.
Members of the Laclede County Fair Board say when they surveyed fairgoers about their experiences, the one thing many people suggested was that they get bigger and better rides. The Fair announced a new vendor is providing the carnival rides, this year. Sonshine Amusement may even be bringing the ferris wheel that used to be installed at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. This year’s Laclede County Fair runs from July 11th through the 16th.
Wednesday night, the Linn Creek Police Department is hosting a community awareness meeting to inform the public about synthetic drug abuse. Everyone is invited to attend. It’s a short presentation, followed by question and answer session, with a drug expert who can talk about the emerging problem of things like bath salts and K-2 and their effects. The meeting starts at 7 o’clock, Wednesday, in the Camden County Museum.
One of the men accused of killing Jeffrey and Glenda Smith in Phillipsburg, in October of 2009, is scheduled to be in court today for the start of his jury trial. 22 year old Jacky Wong of Springfield will face murder charges before 26th Judicial Presiding Judge Stan Moore in the Laclede County Circuit Court. Four men were charged with shooting the Smiths in their rural home, then shooting 24 year old Zachary Porter in Miranda Smith’s Lebanon apartment. Miranda Smith had previously been in a relationship with 25 year old Joshua Reyes, who pleaded guilty to his involvement in the case and is serving a sentence of life without parole.
A 16 year old girl from Greenview is still missing. The parents of Keili Wright have not seen her since last Tuesday. She’s officially listed as a runaway, but is believed to still be in the Lake area. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Contact their office, if you have any information. 346-2243
The parents of a missing 16-year-old girl are asking for your help in finding their daughter, who hasn’t been seen since Tuesday.
Kelli Wright of Greenview is officially listed as a runaway and believed to still be in the Lake area. Anyone who has seen Keili is asked to call the Camden County Sheriff’s Department at 346-2243.