Miller County Commission Rejects Isla Del Sol Causeway

Plans to build a causeway to Isla Del Sol are dead in the water. The Miller County Commission has turned down a request for a Community Improvement District to fund the project. The vote at yesterday’s meeting rejecting the CID was unanimous. The proposed causeway would have linked the shoreline to the island, where condo owners and renters now travel by ferry boat.

Osage Beach Police Arrest Pulaski County Shooting Suspect

Osage Beach police helped capture a St. Robert man suspected of shooting a woman in Pulaski County. Officers arrested 49-year-old Everett Fields after he was released from Lake Regional Hospital where he’d gone for treatment of a gunshot wound. been charged with felony assault, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and armed criminal action. Pulaski County deputies responded to a call of shots fired at a home on State Route Y in St. Robert Tuesday, where they found Fields shot in the leg and 29-year-old Kamica Lasha Leach of St. Louis, also shot. Fields has been charged with felony assault, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and armed criminal action.

Letter to FERC: Allow Ameren to Manage Boundary Changes

Missouri’s entire U.S. House delegation is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to respect property rights in Lake of the Ozarks. In a letter to FERC’s chairman dated yesterday, the delegation says the proposed changes to the Shoreline Management Plan made by FERC could lead to the unnecessary removal of thousands of lake homes and other structures. The letter says the removal would change longstanding policies surrounding private property and could lead to economic turmoil for local property owners and business people. The U.S. House delegation also asks that FERC work with Ameren to address the 1,200 homes and 2,800 other structures that are currently non-conforming, with the congressmen asking that the May 2012 deadline be extended to accommodate Ameren’s intent to redraw the project boundary in certain areas and grandfather other structures. The congressmen believe Ameren’s plan is the best course of action.  Three congressmen from Illinois also signed the letter addressed to Jon Wellinghoff, the FERC chairman.

Patrol Merger Will End Up Costing State

The merger between the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri State Water Patrol was supposed to save money but may end up costing Missouri’s taxpayers. An audit of the water patrol merger by State Auditor Tom Schweich shows that the merger will cost the state taxpayers $2.7 million dollars a year, $1.8 million coming from increased retirement and health care costs. Schweich’s audit could not find $3,000 in boater education fees that was supposed to be transferred to general revenue. Twenty-eight boats valued at $250,000 are also warehoused with no future plans for use or disposal. Schweich says the boats should have been disposed of as surplus property but his office was told a miscommunication led to the delay in disposal. The full audit can be cound online at www.auditor.mo.gov.

Turkey Fest This Weekend in Eldon

The economic engine of the local area will be honored this weekend in the city of Eldon. Dee Spaulding with the Eldon Chamber of Commerce says this weekend’s 26th annual Turkey Fest is a celebration of local industry.

Morgan County is the largest turkey producing county in the state, followed by Miller County. Spaulding says events start tomorrow.

Last year festival attendees ate over 1,100 turkey legs and 204 pounds of turkey breast strips.

Blunt Named Romney’s Liaison

Missouri’s junior senator is endorsing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination. Senator Roy Blunt was named Romney’s congressional liaison on Tuesday. The role is familiar to Blunt who worked to gather support from Capitol Hill Republicans for George W. Bush in 2000.

LO Chief Addresses Lockdown Rumors

Rumors about an escaped felon and a lockdown cause some confusion in the city of Lake Ozark on Tuesday. Twenty-three-year old Jasmond Hughley of Wentzville was in a vehicle that was stopped by Lake Ozark police for speeding about 7:30 Tuesday morning. Hughley fled and went into the woods behind Central Bank. He was seen at the HH Pharmacy about 9 o’clock using the phone and then at McDonald’s at about 1 o’clock where he was taken into custody with the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples says at no time was Hughley considered a dangerous individual, but rumors were circulating locally that there was a lockdown.

Chief Maples says when there is a question about a lockdown, businesses and schools are asked call law enforcement.

Hughley, who was on parole for drugs, faces felony possession of a controlled substance, felony resisting arrest, and felony stealing charges, after he took a cell phone from the McDonald’s.