Numerous arrests were made during the past several days by the Camdenton Police Department. Police arrested ten people on charges ranging from domestic assault, peace disturbance and supplying alcohol to a minor; as well as stealing, driving while suspended and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Several people were also picked up on outstanding warrants. It was also a busy week for the Camden County Sheriff’s Office as the department made 28 arrests including three for drug offenses and one for DWI. The department handled a total of 834 calls during the last week of June.
Efforts are underway by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department to make the roadways safer. Deputies will be conducting DWI sobriety checkpoints throughout the month of July. The Sheriff’s Department says checkpoints are utilized in an effort to apprehend impaired motorists before they injure others and destroy property. In addition to removing drunk drivers, checkpoints are aimed at increasing awareness of driving impaired and the consequences for those who do. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than ten thousand people died in alcohol related crashes in 2012…one every 51 minutes. Impaired vehicle crashes cost more than $37 billion dollars annually.
The City of Eldon is taking steps to combat vandalism at two parks. at its recent meeting, the Eldon Board of Alderman accepted a bid of just over eighteen thousand dollars from all-com digital to install surveillance cameras at the Eldon Airpark on Franklin Street and Rock Island Park on State Route 52. City officials say there have been several incidents of vandalism this year costing the city thousands of dollars. The new high definition cameras will be monitored 24 hours a day by the City’s Communications Department. The city is considering cameras for the Apperson Sports Complex as well.
The Laclede County Jail was the scene of a lunchtime riot yesterday (wednesday). According to the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department ten inmates in two pods started the riot which was quickly squelched by police and jail staff. No one was hurt in the incident and authorities say the riot was over…of all things, cereal and bologna sandwiches. Apparently inmates weren’t impressed with the lunch menu. Prior to the riot, an inmate had caused flooding that contaminated the kitchen. The mess has since been cleaned up and normal meals are again being served.
Police are attempting to locate a suspect that left the scene of a boating collision at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division is looking for a white cobalt runabout and its unknown driver which hit a docked vessel while attempting to leave. The collision occurred Tuesday afternoon in Lynch Hollow Cove at the ten mile marker. There were no injuries and anyone with information is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Governor Jay Nixon has signed a bill aimed at protecting students’ religious expression in public schools. The legislation protects students from discrimination for expressing their religious viewpoints in homework, artwork, and other class assignments. The legislation also says students can pray at school and wear clothing and jewelry displaying religious messages to the same extent that other types of clothes and accessories are allowed. Another part of the bill allows student religious groups to have the same access to school facilities as other kinds of non-curricular groups.
A Miller County man remains behind bars following a recent altercation in Brumley. Police say Gary Sloan and Christopher Northrip fought over car keys. Northrip was apparently drunk and fired a rifle inside the home. Sloan then took the rifle away from him and ran off on foot. Northrip was later found and taken to the Miller County jail where he is being held on $300 thousand dollars bond. He has been charged with first degree domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.