Many Lake Area residents report feeling an earthquake that occurred early Saturday morning. The US Geological Survey reports that the earthquake happened in Oklahoma around 7 a.m. and was measured at a 5.6 magnitude. That magnitude matches the magnitude of another earthquake that occurred in the same area just two years ago. Many are surprised that it was felt from so far away, but there are actually reports of the rumbling being felt all the way in Chicago, nearly 750 miles from the epicenter.
Two people were injured yesterday afternoon during a tubing incident that occurred near the 17 mile marker. 23 year old Edward O’Brien of St. Louis and 17 year old Brawley Sinclair of Newburgh, Indiana were riding on the same tube, which was being pulled by 49 year old Brian Duvall of St. Louis, when they struck a wake and flipped. Sinclair suffered minor injuries and decided to not seek medical treatment at that time. O’Brien, however, had to be transported to Lake Regional Hospital for serious injuries.
If you drive by the Osage Beach City Hall you’ll probably notice quite a bit of red, white, and blue waving. They have decided to show their support for their military by flying numerous flags in front and it even has a light show that runs through the night. Assistant City Administrator Mike Welty says plans are to do this for more than just the Labor Day Weekend.
Welty says, with the 15th anniversary of September 11th so close, they plan to keep them up in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks.
The story of Jeff McCann has not come to an end. The man whose wreck video from the Shootout has been seen by tens of thousands returned home on Thursday to hundreds of friends and family members waiting to greet him at his shop. He says, with broken ribs and severely bruised lungs, he’s in for quite a journey but he isn’t quite ready to give up his passion.
You can listen to our full interview with McCann Monday on The Ozarks Today.
While the holiday weekend isn’t quite over, it has shown to be a fairly quiet one for the Highway Patrol. Between Friday evening and Sunday morning, they report two DWI’s and only one BWI. The Water Patrol also only reports two boating incidents, with one causing three minor injuries and one with no injuries. One of the incidents did, however, involve a boat driven by 47 year old James Catlin catching fire around the 64 mile marker of the Osage Arm. The incident happened around 5:30 Friday evening. Catlin was able to retreat from the boat without injury.
A person of interest in connection to last week’s double murder and subsequent arson apparently trying to cover up the crime near Camdenton is now in custody facing several pending charges including two counts of First Degree Murder. 54-year-old Steven Ray Endsley also faces two pending counts of Armed Criminal Action and one count each of First Degree Burglary and Second Degree Arson. It’s believed that Endsley killed the two occupants of the mobile home on Parkway Court and then set the early morning fire. Although no names have officially been released, the bodies of who was believed to have been Danielle Smith and Teresa Kennedy were discovered afterward in the charred remains. Endsley was booked into the Camden County Jail just after 6:25 Saturday morning (Sep. 03) and is being held on no bond. He has a court date set for October 4th.
Drivers who take Four Seasons on a regular basis will notice a slight difference in speed soon. During last night’s Board of Aldermen meeting, the board approved a proposal to raise the speed limit in the area from State Road KK to Mockingbird to 35 miles per hour. Nick Edelman, Public Works Director for Osage Beach, says the idea was based on a speed study.
The current speed limit is 30 miles per hour. The five mile per hour increase received one no vote from the board.