String of Drug Arrests in Morgan County

In the past week, Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force have made 11 arrests on various charges within Morgan County, with charges pending against seven others. Sheriff Jim Petty says the arrests stem from several ongoing investigations conducted by both agencies, with still more arrests expected.

An active meth lab was found and methamphetamine and marijuana were seized in a raid on a home at 806 Jefferson Street. 36-year-old Cole Stevenson and his 30-year-old wife, Jennifer, were taken into custody and have been have been charged with possession of a controlled substance; their bond set at $20,000.

$9,000 worth of drugs was confiscated after a man and woman from Gravois Mills were arrested during a traffic stop. Police executed a search warrant on their home on Red Hollow Rd. and seized 75 grams of meth. 36-year-old Brian Anson and 39-year-old Danelle Menkevich have both been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. They’re being held on $40,000 cash-only bond.

32-year-old Richard Asmus of Versailles was arrested on a felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

29-year-old Heather Kleuser of Sunrise Beach is facing charges of possession and distribution of meth, as well as burglary and stealing.

24-year-old Amber Girdley of Stover is charged with possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a child.

23-year-old Makaila Gamber of Laurie, Mo is charged with possession of methamphetamine.

46-year-old Darrell Linhart of Boonville, MO was arrested on a fugitive warrant.

The Sheriff’s Office says charges of possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of a homemade explosive device are pending against seven other individuals. During the arrests, officers seized marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately 245 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of close to $30,000.00.

Delegate Selection a Bit Difficult Statewide

The Missouri Delegate process was much more confusing then originally anticipated. Right from the get go there was contention and confusion. Many Republican caucuses in Missouri on Saturday were plagued with fighting and yelling as opposing candidate supporters were vying for those delegates allotted in the Missouri Caucus. In fact it had gotten so out of hand one meeting was abruptly shut down. There were local supporters of Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. All fought passionately for a bit of an edge in the delegate selection process, that many state residents find to be complicated and difficult. Another example of this process that excited people was at a caucus at a school near St. Louis 2,500 Republicans gathered and before a vote was adjourned because it got so load and chaotic that extra police were called. All across the state political tensions led to recounts on votes over which candidates should be supported and which people should preside over the caucuses.

Gov. Vetos Bills, Deems Step Back in Human Rights

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed 2 bills that he called a step backwards and refused to sign. Senate Bill 572 and House Bill 1219, the Governor called a step back in Human and civil Rights. The bill, HB 1219, in particular dealt with employment discrimination and the rights of minoritiy workers; and Senate Bill 572 dealt with workers’ compensation benefits and the allocation of them to different people. A copy of the Governor’s veto letter on House Bill 1219 can be found on the state webpage for the public to see as well as the Veto letter to SB 572. In a statement Gov. Nixon said,

“House Bill 1219 is nearly identical to a bill I vetoed last year because it would undermine the Missouri Human Rights Act and decades of progress on civil rights,” Gov. Nixon said in a separate statement. “This bill contains those same fundamental flaws

Road Closings This Week

There will be several area hot spots to look out for when making your commute today. Here is the latest update on what to be aware of this week.

Camden County
Daylight/Overnight Hours
Route 54 at the Route 5 Interchange in Camdenton – Sidewalk construction and ramp widening is underway.
* Motorists should expect lane closures and the narrowing of U.S. Route 54 traffic lanes through the interchange area during construction. Minor delays are possible.
The entire project is scheduled for completion in mid May.

Miller County
Daylight Hours
Route 54 bridge over the Osage River east of Lake Ozark – Bridge maintenance will take place Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20. One lane will be open to traffic in the work area.

Route 17 between Route 52 and Route K – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route Z between Route W and Route Y – Culvert pipe replacement in various locations will take place Monday, March 19 through Thursday, March 29. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Morgan County
Daylight Hours
Route 135 between Route 52 and Route JJ – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 30. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Here’s To Your Health

If you’re like some folks who take a variety of medications and sometime wonder whether or not there are any drug interactions that might result, stop wondering and find out. Lake Regional Pharmacy on Medical Park Drive in Osage Beach is holding a special event Wednesday from 8:30 in the morning till 6 at night to answer your questions. You don’t need an appointment. Just pack up your prescriptions along with any supplements you might take and bring them along for a free medication evaluation.

Injured Eagle Gets a Second Chance

Quite the find near Oakmont Drive in the Osage National Golf Course. An injured bald eagle with a broken wing was scooped up by a wildlife conservation officer with the help of Lake Ozark police and sent to the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment. It’s hoped the bird fully recovers so it can be released back into the wild.

LOWA Meets Monday

The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance has a meeting coming up Monday night. Water quality and lake safety are on the agenda as is the clean water initiative. The upcoming Earth Day celebration will be discussed along with the “2 Damn Days” paddle marathon. The two-day paddle race on the entire Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks is slated for September 29 and 30th this year.