The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Lebanon man was shot in the head during a shootout between a Saint Joseph man and State Troopers near Interstate 70 and U-S 65, about 3:45pm on Wednesday. Police say the truck driver was treated at a Columbia hospital and released yesterday afternoon. They did not release his name. Two other drivers along that stretch were hit by bullets and were treated and released. Troopers were pursuing 28 year old Ty Arnold, who was wanted for questioning in his wife’s homicide. He fired out of his car window, while officers were chasing him. After his vehicle was disabled by spike strips, and he exchanged more gunfire with troopers, he died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
This week, the Lebanon City Council voted to appoint interim police chief Randy Halstead as the permanent Chief of Police. And, council members voted to take out a 900-thousand dollar loan, which will be used to help match a one million dollar federal grant that will help fund the two point two million dollar industrial park expansion project.
The Lake Ozark Planning and Zoning Commission is still waiting to get a site plan from developers of The Bluffs condominium project. And, building inspector Charlie Misenheimer says it’s going to be at least a month, because developers are still in the preliminary stages. The site plan must be submitted and approved by the commission, and then the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen, before construction can begin. In April, the property on Bagnell Dam Boulevard, between Regent Place condominiums and the Pizza Hut was rezoned to Multiple Family Dwelling District. The site plan was expected at this week’s meeting. Now, the Lake Ozark Planning and Zoning Commission does not meet again until July.
Lebanon City Council members made it official this week. The city’s new Police Chief will be Randy Halstead. Halstead has been serving as interim Chief since March, after Chief Joe Brauer took a leave of absence and then submitted his resignation. The City Council vote on his appointment was unanimous.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety raised the death toll from the Joplin tornado to a record high 138. Four people who were hurt in the storm died in hospitals, yesterday, as a result of their injuries.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division reports that a 52 year old St. Louis woman was hurt while waterskiing on Lake of the Ozarks, yesterday. Catherine Lenny was taken to Lake Regional Hospital about 12:45 in the afternoon, after injuring her back.
All of the swimming beaches at Lake of the Ozarks and Pomme de Terre state parks are open for public use today. Three beaches were closed last weekend, due to elevated bacteria levels. The public swimming beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S Truman state parks are now closed, because water samples show bacteria levels higher than recommended for swimming waters. The boat ramp at Hermitage Beach is closed, because the water is too high.
All other facilities at the parks are open and available to the public, and the beaches will be reopened as soon as bacteria levels are at a suitable level. You can always check beach status on the web site: mostateparks.com