The trial of a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper charged with First-Degree Involuntary Manslaughter continues in a Morgan County courtroom tomorrow morning. Anthony Piercy faces the charge for his alleged role in the drowning death of Brandon Ellingson, from Iowa, who was in Piercy’s custody in May, 2014, for “Boating While Intoxicated.” Case review and trial setting are scheduled tomorrow morning in front of Circuit Judge Stan Moore. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for next April with a jury trial scheduled for May of next year.
As the Camden County investigations continue, there are still a few issues within the Courthouse that need to be addressed. Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty says he plans to hold a meeting very soon to do just that.
Hasty says he will start the meeting in open session to address the public but, because a portion will deal with personnel matters and the computer systems, they will have to go into closed session for the second half. A date has not been set for the meeting but he is planning for some time next week.
One sure sign of which direction a recovering economy is likely to be headed can be determined by looking no further than school district enrollment figures, especially within the pre-school and elementary school ranks. And in the Case of the Camdenton District, that translates to good news according to Superintendent Doctor Tim Hadfield who says there are just over 43-hundred students officially enrolled in the district.
Doctor Hadfield goes onto say, other than enrollment being up compared to last year, there have been very few complaints coming from district patrons so far which helps to make it a good start to the academic year.
Many people believe moving to the Lake Area is more expensive than other places in Missouri. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. The average home in Missouri costs just under $155,000. In Osage Beach, the average list price is $116,500. That’s quite a bit lower than the average price this time last year, which was $188,600. In Lake Ozark, though, the average list price IS higher than the state average at $179,900. That’s 31% lower than the average from last year, which was $262,500.
Traffic stops continue to dominate business for the Osage Beach Department of Public Safety with 44 stops being reported for the week ending on October 9th. Osage Beach officers also responded to 24 lockout calls and 10 traffic accidents. There were seven arrests for the week including: Kevin White, of Linn Creek, who had an outstanding warrant in Camden County for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia; and Cody Clark, of Osage Beach, for three Franklin County Probation Warrants with original charges of Stealing, Stealing a Firearm, and Stealing a
During last night’s Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen Meeting, the Board approved the second reading of a couple bills that change the qualifications to run for public office. One of the bills requires anyone running for Mayor to show evidence, such as a driver’s license, to prove they live within the city. City Administrator Dave Van Dee says the reason behind that bill was pretty simple.
The next Board of Aldermen Meeting, which was scheduled for November 8th, has been rescheduled to the 9th due to the election.
Over the weekend, the School of the Osage Marching Band competed at the Central Methodist Band Day. They left with 1st place in the Field Competition, Indoor Drum Line, and Auxiliary on the Field categories. They also took second in the Parade Competition, as well as 3rd in the Indoor Color Guard Competition. These accomplishments highlight what has been a great season, so far. Last weekend, they placed 1st in Drumline and 2nd overall for their division at the Ozark Band Festival.