Lawmakers Debate More Capitol Cameras

Several Missouri senators say more security cameras should be installed in the state Capitol to deter people from committing crimes. There are 20 in the Capitol now. The bill was introduced after someone got into the building in January and put orange stickers resembling gun targets on five lawmakers’ office nameplates. An estimate for 48-more cameras is about $100,000. A few Republicans have an issue with that price tag, and say it’d be a pricey overreaction.

Eldon Teen Passes Out While Driving

An Eldon teenager suffered serious injuries in an accident on US 54 yesterday when she passed out behind the wheel. According to the Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Stephanie Penachio passed out due to a medical issue. Her car crossed the median, went off the road, down an embankment and struck a concrete barrier. She was transported by by EMS to Lake Regional Hospital.

Accused Camdenton Kidnapper in Court

Accused kidnapper John Williams is scheduled to appear in court in Pulaski County today. The 48-year-old Camdenton man’s case has been moved to Waynesville, where a hearing is scheduled to set a trial date. Williams was arrested by the Camden County SWAT team last July 25th, accused of holding a gun to his wife’s head and threatening to kill her. The change of venue was granted last month by Judge Colin Long…the sixth judge to preside over the case. The first five judges all recused themselves. Williams is charged with five felonies: kidnapping, felonious restraint, armed criminal action, domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Water Safety Tips

Summer-like weather has come a little early this year to the Lake of the Ozarks, and that means many are uncovering and de-winterizing their boats and personal watercraft, but that can also mean more issues with safety earlier in the year. Captain Matt Walz of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division says folks still need to put safety first. He says not much has changed since last year as far as laws on the lake; common sense still rules the day. That includes inspecting your boat before going out, giving way to smaller watercraft on the lake, and always making sure you have enough life vests on board for everyone

Camden County Caucus Results

There was as following the statewide trends a large turnout at the Camden County Republican caucus. Although compared with the reports of police intervention and fighting this was quiet compared to the other caucuses across the state. Camden County drew a total of 166 Republican voters from the area to select local delegates for the congressional caucus in April. Also there were delegates chosen for the state convention later in the summer as well. Although some Republican caucuses made noise and news across the state in comparison Camden County’s went relatively smoothly. The local Republican voters met and discussed allotment of delegates at the Camden County Courthouse. There were 21 delegates up for grabs and by a large majority, most of the voters stood behind Rick Santorum for the 2012 presidential nomination.

Bridge Ceremony to be Held in Iberia

There will be a Grand Opening Ceremony of a new bridge in Miller County this week. On Wednesday March 21 there will be a celebration with commissioners Tom Wright, Brian Duncan and Darrell Bunch at 9 am. The celebration is to commemorate the new bridge on Buechter Bridge Rd, in the Iberia area. For more information call Miller County for details

Osage Beach Teen Injured in Highway 54 Crash

Officers, Medical and Fire Department Personnel responded to a two vehicle accident on Hwy 54 at Key Largo in the eastbound lanes. The crash occurred yesterday afternoon. The Vehicle was a brown Chevy van driven by resident John O’Connel of Roach. O’Connel age 76, drove onto eastbound Hwy 54 from Key Largo into the path of a 1990 Mazda Protégé that was being driven by 18 year old, Osage Beach resident, Nathan F. Del Rosario. John O’Connel suffered minor injuries. Nathan Del Rosario sustained serious injuries and was taken by Staff for Life from Lake Regional Hospital to the University of Missouri, Columbia. His condition remains serious and has not been updated since the incident