Construction work on the new Hurricane Deck Bridge will start having an impact next week on the existing bridge. Starting on Wednesday, the current bridge on Highway 5 will be closed for up to 15 minutes at a time. MODOT says this will happen anywhere from four to eight times a day for the next four months. This closure will allow crews to begin setting steel girders on concrete piers for the new bridge. The new Hurricane Deck Bridge is expected to open in late 2013.
A Camden County sheriff’s deputy is recovering after being dragged by a car thru a west Camdenton restaurant parking lot Wednesday while trying to make an arrest. The deputy attempted to stop a driver for having expired license plates, but instead of pulling over, Sheriff’s Captain Kelly Luttell says Dustin Burkhart tried to get away:
Burkhart sped off on Highway 54 and was eventually taken into custody at his home on State Route BB in Montreal. Luttrell says the deputy wasn’t seriously hurt:
Burkhart has been charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, third-degree assault, resisting arrest, driving while revoked, and failure to register a motor vehicle. His bond has been set at $40,000 cash, $200,000 surety.
Governor Nixon has announced the appointment of Democrat James Vaughn of Versailles as the new Presiding Commissioner for Morgan County. Vaughn will fill the term of the late Jay Fisher, who passed away in November. A lifelong Morgan County resident, Vaughncurrently works for the Morgan County Eastern District Road Department.
One suspect is in custody after leading Camden County deputies on a chase through several parking lots in west Camdenton. The Sheriff’s Department says it started on Wednesday when a deputy tried to stop the unidentified suspect for an expired license plate. As the suspect pulled into a restaurant lot, a deputy tried to contact the driver, but was dragged through the parking lot as the suspect sped away. The deputy received minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The suspect then fled east on Highway 54 and turned south on State Route V. The suspect was eventually arrested at a home on State Route B-B. The suspect is being held in the Camden County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
An Osage Beach man is facing three charges related to a domestic assault at their home last week. Osage Beach Police say last Friday night, 28-year-old Joseph Swaney allegedly beat his wife and threatened her with a knife at their duplex on Parkwood Circle. Officers forcibly entered the house after watching Swaney take his wife to the ground. He was arrested after a brief struggle with officers. The 25-year-old woman was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of a cut and bruises to her head and face. Police also say a puppy at the home was allegedly beaten by Swaney, and was later found cowering in an upstairs bedroom. Swaney has been charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. He is being held without bond in the Camden County Jail.
Bridge work starts today in Miller County. MODOT says crews will be doing maintenance work on the Route 52 bridge over Highway 54. One lane will be open and crews will be directing traffic through the area. The work is expected to be completed on Friday. Culvert pipe replacement work also continues on Route A between Route 17 and Route 42. One lane will be open to traffic while crews are working. That project is expected to be finished on January 4th.
A Camdenton teenager was injured in a Christmas eve crash in LaClede County. According to the Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Kori Fritts was driving on Route BB east of Highway 5 when the right front tire on her Ford Explorer blew out. The vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree. Fritts was taken to Lake Regional Hospital. She wasn’t seriously hurt but the car was totaled.