A Kansas City woman was seriously injured this week after being struck by semi-truck in Camden County. The Highway Patrol reports, Chrisma Ellis ran out in front of the truck on Route 5, just north of Valley Crest road. Ellis was taken to Lake Regional hospital for treatment.
Some changes have been made regarding this year’s Missouri safe schools and colleges conference that is being held this week in Osage Beach. In an effort to assist schools in finding solutions to problems such as cyber bullying, sexual harassment and violence, organizers have decided to include students who have witnessed or experienced these things first hand. Students from several school districts including Miller county R-3 will be speaking Thursday about creating a safer school environment. This week’s conference is being held at the Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach.
The latest unemployment numbers are out for the local, state, and national levels. The unemployment rate for Camden County for the month of August was 5.8 percent while the overall percentage for the central region of Missouri stands at 5.4 percent. The number of unemployed statewide was 6.3 percent; down two tenths from the previous month, and the national average for August was 6.1 percent, down a tenth from July.
Common core is back in the news as educators and parents tasked with writing new education standards for Missouri schools spent their first meeting this week divided on how to move forward. Members of the group clashed over the state education department’s involvement and how to rework the national goals currently in place. A law passed in may require new goals for learning in each grade replace the standards adopted in the common core. Missouri is one of several states that is backing away from it. Spokeswoman for the state’s department of elementary and secondary education calls the level of fighting over education standards “unprecedented.”
According to the latest numbers, Missouri’s poverty rate has improved for the first time since 2007. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the numbers which show 15.9 percent of Missourians live below the federal poverty level, which is down from 16.2 percent from the previous year. That means today, there are 16,700 fewer people below the poverty level. However, there are still nearly a million people statewide that are struggling with poverty.
A suspect arrested for an armed robbery over the weekend in Eldon has been identified. 22 year old Zackory Shepherd is facing numerous charges including first degree robbery, armed criminal action, second degree assault, first degree tampering, resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon. Police were initially called out Sunday to a robbery in progress at the Jiffy stop on business 54. Officers confronted Shepherd at the gas pumps and he then got into his vehicle and attempted to flee. Shepherd was then taken into custody following a high speed chase.
Summertime was busy but also quite productive for the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. That’s according to Sheriff Dwight Franklin who credits the success of his department to several things including a good working relationship with other agencies.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Department recently wrapped up some major operations including a D.W.I. checkpoint and a joint operation with the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group in which several suspects were arrested on drug charges.