There is a missing persons report coming out of Osage Beach.17 year old Jessica Vasquez has been missing since 5 am on January 8th. Jessica was seen leaving her residence in Osage Beach by her mother. She left voluntarily, however her whereabouts are unknown and she left with no personal belongings other than her cell phone and what she was wearing at the time. Jessica is described as approximately 5’2”, 120 pounds, long brown hair with blond highlights, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded sweater and black pull over the calf boots. If anyone knows Jessica’s whereabouts or has any information, please contact the Osage Beach police department at 573-302-2010 or your local police department.
A Rocky Mount man is dead after the tractor he was driving overturned. According to the Missouri state highway patrol 87-year-old Ernest Gibbs died at the scene Thursday when the international farm tractor he was driving on wexford drive in Morgan County traveled backwards down an embankment and overturned ejecting him. The tractor continued traveling backwards and struck two nearby residences before it stopped. Gibbs’ body was taken to Phillips funeral home in Eldon.
An amber alert has been issued for a 6 month old white male child who was taken by his own parents. Mitchell Farris was in the custody of his great grandfather as requested by the division of family services when 34 year old Preston Farris and 30 year old Anastasia McDaniel, the Child’s parents, took him from his great grandfather’s home in Anderson Missouri. Farris is described as being 5’10” 230lbs with blue eyes and McDaniel is described as 5’08” 172lbs with blue eyes. They were last seen driving a red 2004 ford freestar with a Missouri tag of uh7-d2r. If you have any information please contact the Anderson police department at (417)-845-2681 or your local law enforcement agency.
In a standing room only crowd of concerned citizens, the mid county fire protection district board approved waiting 30-days before proceeding with the decommissioning of their three district fire stations; station no. 3, located on state road AA, station no. 5 on old south highway 5, and station no. 6 on state road d. In December, the board had approved closing the stations due to budget constraints and a failed 12-cent levy increase. If closed, persons who live within five miles from the stations will pay up to two times higher insurance premiums due to higher ISO ratings. Also during the meeting, constituents suggested merging MCFPD and the city of Camdenton fire departments and sharing assets, tax revenues and firefighters. The fire chiefs were interested in talking about a merge but the city officials have yet to come on board. Finishing off the meeting the board accepted the resignation of deputy chief/fire marshal Chris Bachmann.
The main route of transportation for Missouri is in need of major repairs, but funding could create some problems. The Missouri highway and transportation commission leaders met on Wednesday to discuss what needs to be done to Interstate 70 to make it safer for drivers. The first priority is adding an additional lane in order to create more room for travel, however coming up with the funds for these repairs will be difficult. The funding for road work comes from gas fuel tax, and that hasn’t increased since 1992. Federal funding has also been cut meaning Missouri roads are now getting 71 million dollars less per year. Adding another lane to I-70 would cost close to two billion dollars, and could take about a decade to complete. Leaders are now looking for other ways to get funding for the project.
A local organization is recognizing January as national stalking awareness month. Citizens against domestic violence have joined the campaign, “stalking: know it. Name it. Stop it,” to spread more awareness around the lake area. Angie Fiene, executive director of citizens against domestic violence says most people don’t even think of stalking as a threat, but it is real, and it comes in many different forms:
Fiene says, although there are not any statistics on cases in the lake area, the CADV did deal with some cases last year.
She says 6.6 million victims are affected by stalking nation wide each year. For more information please contact citizens against domestic violence at 573-346-9630 or visit their website at www.cadv-voc.org.
Camdenton will soon have a new city administrator. During an executive session this week, the city’s board of alderman voted to hire J. Jeff Hancock who currently lives in Nebraska. He is originally from this area and was hired as Camdenton’s first city administrator in 1976. Camdenton Mayor John McNabb says he is excited to have Hancock on board.
McNabb says she will be missed.
Hancock who has over 36 years of municipal government experience will also be in charge of the city’s economic development. He will be moving back home from the state of Nebraska and will officially begin his duties as the Camdenton city administrator on February 10th.