Shooting Leads to Arrest of One Person in Morgan County

One person is in custody after a shooting in Morgan County.  The sheriff’s office says the incident happened on Friday. The victim left the scene of the shooting on Highway J and called for help from a different location.  The victim had been shot in the abdomen with a large caliber handgun.  One suspect was arrested without incident at his residence in Morgan County.  The unidentified suspect is being held at the Morgan County Detention Center pending the filing of formal charges.   

Morgan County Man Drowns in Pomme de Terre Lake

A Versailles man is dead after drowning in a Hickory County lake.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says they were called on Saturday afternoon to Nemo Park Beach at Pomme de Terre Lake for the report of a missing swimmer.  Troopers and Hickory County Rescue officials used side scan sonar and found the body of Vitaily Shereheta.  No other information about what happened before Shereheta went missing is available at this time.

Drowning at the Lake of the Ozarks

One person is dead after falling into the Lake of the Ozarks.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says on Saturday morning, 35-year old Johnny Ellis of St. James was walking on the back of a boat at the two and a half mile marker.  He fell overboard and did not resurface.  Ellis’s body was found about an hour later.  The Highway Patrol says this is the first boating fatality of 2013 for Troop F. 

Authorities Searching for Missing Woman

An Endangered Person Advisory is issued for a missing 72-year old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s.  The advisory was issued on Sunday for Hellen Cook.  She was last seen on Saturday afternoon on Walnut Grove Road in Warsaw.  Cook is described as a white female, five feet tall, 97 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean shorts and tennis shoes.  Cook was also carrying boots and a walking stick.  Cook frequents McDonald’s and Wal-Mart, and could be en route to Buckner, Missouri where she lives.  Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1, your local law enforcement agency or the Benton County Sheriff’s Department.

Osage Beach BOA will watch new outlet mall in St. Louis

The Osage Beach Board of Alderman met Thursday night to vote on bill 13-41 which sets to regulate peddlers, solicitors or canvassers standing, walking on the roadway, stalling or obstructing traffic. Also on the agenda was approval of new electric panels for the city sewer system. Both items were passed by the board. The board also talked about the city’s budget halfway through the year. After a heated discussion, Alderman John Olivarri indicated that the city needs to “pay close attention” to the developments in St. Louis.

John Olivarri on the new St. Louis Outlet Mall Developments

The City plans to meet again on July 25th for a special board meeting regarding the proposed extension of Osage Beach Parkway and is asking the public to attend to voice their input on whether the city should proceed or cancel the idea.

No More Beach Closures After Governor Signs House Bill 28

The beach closure system is no more as Governor Jay Nixon signs House Bill 28.  The bill puts into place a beach advisory system.  Jim Divincen, Administrator for the Tri-County Lodging Association says this is good news not only for the Lake of the Ozarks but for the entire state.

Public Beach Number Two at Lake of the Ozarks State Park and the Day Use Beach at Harry S Truman State Park in Warsaw had both been closed for nearly a month because of failed water quality tests.  The bill contains an emergency clause which means it goes into effect immediately. 

Morgan County Woman Facing Multiple Charges

A Stover woman is facing multiple charges after being pulled over by the Missouri Highway Patrol.  On Thursday night, 25-year old Stacy Lee Wilson was stopped in Benton County.  Drugs, drug paraphernalia and an illegal weapon were allegedly found in the vehicle.  She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of an illegal weapon, no insurance and no registration.  Wilson was taken to the Benton County Jail where she posted bond and was released.