Jason Rector Arraigned on Evidence-Tampering Charge

A Laurie man will be arraigned today on a charge that he tampered with evidence in his wife’s stalking case.  46-year old Jason Rector will be in Camden County Court.  He is charged with tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.  His wife, 36-year old Clara Rector of Laurie is charged with the aggravated stalking of her minister.  She is also charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2004 murder of Tommy Hope of Camdenton.  Jason Rector is free on bond.  He will be back in court on June 3rd for a case review.

OB Fire Plans Public Meeting on Dock Inspections

There will be a public meeting next month about a proposed change to dock inspections in the Osage Beach Fire District.  Fire officials say the current program requires all new dock construction, docks being relocated and docks being changed or remodeled are required to have a permit.  The change would involve docks as part of a real estate transaction.  The dock would have to be inspected before Ameren Missouri would change the dock permit to the new owner’s name.  This would mean any residential home with a current dock that is being sold would have to have an inspection and be brought up to current standard prior to Ameren Missouri changing the name on that specific dock permit.  This new requirement would not be enforced on multi well docks that are tied to an association with multiple slip owners in the same structure.  The meeting will start at 4:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 18th at the Osage Beach Fire District Headquarters.

Laurie Gets a New City Hall

The city of Laurie will have a brand new city hall soon.  Last Wednesday,  the Board of Aldermen approved buying the ReMax building on Highway 5 next to Sonic. According to Public Works Director Ed Young, the building and property was appraised at a value of $1.8 million but the city got it for just $350,000. The new city hall will have 8,100-square-foot upstairs and downstairs and will house the police department, with ReMax renting the upper portion. Young says that the rental income will enable the city to pay back sewer reserve funds in just 10 years. They will have 180 days to move in to the new location.

Total Closure Tonight on Hwy 54

All lanes of Route 54 between the Osage River Bridge and the Route 242 interchange will be closed for one hour beginning at midnight tonight to allow Ameren Missouri crews to repair power lines damaged by Monday night’s storm. Motorists will be detoured along Route 242 and Business 54 across the Bagnell Dam during the closure.  Local law enforcement and MoDOT are working with Ameren to coordinate the closure. Electronic message boards and other traffic control tools will be put in place to help direct traffic around the work zone.

The speed limit on that same stretch of Route 54 will be reduced to 40 mph from 6:30 a.m. – noon on Thursday to enable Ameren Missouri to work on overhead power lines.


Former Girls Basketball Coach in Court on Wednesday

A former Richland High School girl’s assistant basketball coach will be formally arraigned on a charge that he allegedly had inappropriate contact with one of his players.  26-year old Trevor Franklin of Stoutland will be in a Pulaski County court room on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.  He is charged with sexual contact with a student by a teacher, student teacher, employee, contract employee, school official or volunteer. Prosecutors say the incidents happened last year while Franklin was a coach at Richland High School.  He allegedly arranged secret meetings with the victim, sent her thousands of text messages and touched her inappropriately.  Franklin remains free on bond. 

Key Word for the New Woods Supermarket is ‘Anchor’

The key word is Anchor, the New Woods Supermarket is now open in Sunrise beach and all city officials believe this is the next step in seeing businesses move to the west side of the lake.

Representative Diane Franklin:

Diane Franklin on the new store

Lake West Chamber of Commerce’s Mike Canegy:

Mike Canegy on the new store

And Representative Rocky Miller:

Rocky Miller on the new store

And Finally Don Wood himself on what is the Flagship of the Woods Supermarket Chain

Don Woods on Woods Supermarket

How to Help the Oklahoma Tornado Victims

For those who would like to help the victims in the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma there are two avenues locally.   Dave Griffith is Executive Director of the Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross:

David Griffith on how to help through the Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will provide long-term assistance, according to Louise Canower:

Louise Canower on how to help with a tax deductible donation to the Community Foundation

Wednesday is the anniversary of the Joplin EF5 tornado