It’s on to the next judicial level for the man accused of murdering a Camdenton mother and daughter over a bi-sexual orientation issue and then setting a fire to try covering up the killings. Steven Ray Endsley appeared in Camden County Associate Court with the public defender this week waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. That, in effect, sends the case to the Circuit Court level where Endsley will be arraigned on October 7th. He is charged with two counts each of First Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action, along with one count each of Burglary and Arson. Endsley is being held on no bond.
Camden County continues to stay quiet on the ongoing security breech investigation. Sergeant Scott Hines says that, because the FBI is leading the investigation, he can’t comment directly but he wants to assure county residents that things are still preceding as usual for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sergeant Hines also says some of the computers are back up as they continue to make progress.
Officials now confirm that an investigation is underway after a possible security breach of the Camden County computer system. Sources tell KRMS news that the FBI stepped in seizing some computer equipment from the courthouse after, apparent, wire tapping and other invasive internet related activities were discovered. Telephone and internet service in the courthouse was immediately cut off and remains off until the source of the breach can be figured out. County Attorney Charles McElyea issued a statement saying the county will do whatever it needs to do to protect records and sensitive information contained in the system. Affected buildings in the breach include the new and old courthouses plus the sheriff’s department non-emergency telephone numbers. At this time, it’s not known when service will be restored in the Camden County Courthouse. KRMS News will pass along any updates as they become available.
Although mum continues to be the official word in Camden County, reports are surfacing from unconfirmed sources that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now involved in, what appears to be, some type of a breach in the courthouse. Telephone and internet service in the old and new courthouses plus non-emergency numbers for the sheriff’s department have been out of service since late Monday morning. Sources tell KRMS news that wire-tapping and other invasive internet activities appear to be the main focus behind the investigation. Since the story broke, Camden County’s I-T department has been place on administrative leave. The County Commission has, apparently, held at least one closed meeting, apparently, on the issue Monday and another on Wednesday involving all elected officials. State Statute allows for a 72 hour period before information on any issues acted upon from closed meetings has to be released. That 72 hour time period for the Monday meeting will be late Thursday morning.
Last year, because of budget issues, cuts had to be made to all of the departments within Camden County. First District Commissioner Bev Thomas says the Horseshoe Bend Special Road District was no different.
During Wednesday’s Camden County Commission Meeting, the commissioners voted to restore the cart funds to their normal budget.
The City of Osage Beach has announced that they have lifted the Boil Advisory that went into effect early yesterday morning. The advisory took effect aft the water services were shut off east of Nichols to the Grand Glaize, including Dude Ranch Road from Armory Drive, as well as Case, Malibu, Murphy, Winn and Jeffries Roads. The Boil Advisory was lifted aster water samples passed the testing stand set forth by DNR.
Expansions to the Camdenton Memorial Airport are in full swing. City Administrator Jeff Hancock says a new grant will help push it along even more.
The FAA grant will be used to refurbish the airport’s taxiway. Hancock also says they have purchased about 80% of the required properties to expand their runway.