Pedestrian Struck By Car in Camdenton

A 67-year-old Camdenton woman is hospitalized after being hit by a car yesterday on Highway 54. Police say Marilyn Hibbard
was found lying in the street near the McDonald’s after apparently stepping into the path of a car driven by an unidentified 72-year-old Lake Ozark woman. Hibbard was Life-Flighted to University Hospital in Columbia where she’s currently listed in stable condition.

Fugitive Captured After High-Speed Chase Ending in Crash

A fugitive wanted on a warrants for parole violation and other charges is behind bars in the Morgan County Jail after leading police on a multi-county high-speed pursuit. 27-year-old Joshua Gresham of Sedalia was sighted yesterday on Highway 52 near Stover. When Morgan County deputies tried to pull him over, the chase ensured, treaching speeds over over 100 mph. It ended only wheen the car crashed at the intersection of Highway 52 and Route A in Benton County. Gresham attempted to flee on foot but was caught by police and arrested. Methamphetamine, marijuana and $2,600 in cash was found in ther car.

Morgan Cty Prosecutor Being Deployed to Middle East

Morgan County prosecutor Dustin Dunklee, a captain in the Missouri National guard and a JAG legal adviser for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, won’t be in the office for a while. He’ll be reporting to Fort Leonard Wood on Monday, for 30 days, then Fort Hood in Texas for 45 days; then he’ll be deployed to the Middle East for 9-months. While he’s away, Dunklee’s duties here will be handled by assistant prosecutor Doug Kindle. Billy Arment and Rebecca Francis are also being deployed with the same unit

Laurie Aldermen Put Use Tax on August Ballot

Laurie’s Board of Aldermen’s put a question on the August 7th ballot, asking residents to approve a 2% use tax to replace revenue being lost from sales tax on out-of-state purchases of cars, trucks, boats, motors and trailers as well as in-state transfer of the same properties between individuals. The State Supreme Court earlier this year made collecting sales taxes on those purchases unconstitutional for cities and counties.

MO State Democratic Convention to be Held at the Lake

The Missouri state Democratic Convention will be held at the Lake of the Ozarks next month. Party officials announced today the Convention will be held June 9th, at the Lodge of Four Seasons. State Convention delegates elected at the local level will vote to elect 19 At-Large delegates and 7 alternates to represent Missouri at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

MoDOT Still Reviewing Impact of Closing Key Largo Intersection

The intersection of Route 54 and Key Largo Road in Osage Beach will remain partially closed while Missouri Department of Transportation officials review the impact the closure is having on nearby intersections, according to a news release issued today by MoDOT. Permanently eliminating access to Route 54 from Osage Beach Parkway is one of the three options MoDOT is exploring. “By eliminating the ability to turn left onto Route 54 from Osage Beach Parkway at this intersection, we’ve essentially stopped the traffic movement that was causing the crashes,” says MoDOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch, “However, the closure also moves traffic to nearby intersections, so we want to review that impact before we make a permanent decision on the Key Largo crossing.”

MoDOT and state and local law enforcement agencies eliminated access to Route 54 from Osage Beach Parkway at the Key Largo intersection following a fatal crash there on April 29th. The transportation department had held a community briefing on April 25th to discuss safety improvements to the intersection, where six crashes have occurred since the first of the year. Lynch says the department received a number of comments at the community briefing asking MoDOT to examine all of the intersections on Route 54 between Routes KK and Y while studying options for the Key Largo intersection. He says MoDOT will enlist the help of city and county officials, local businesses and residents in the review. The agency will also conduct traffic counts at those intersections.

Morgan County Dog Breeder Charged with Violating Canine Cruelty Act

A Morgan County dog breeder is being sued by Attorney General Chris Koster and the state Department of Agriculture. Lisa Oldendorf of Barnett, owner of Oldendorf Boxer, a commercial breeding facility Koster says is operating without a license, is charged with numerous violations of Missouri’s Animal Care Facilities Act and Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.

The lawsuit alleges that Oldendorf:
failed to provide an adequate waste disposal and drainage system in the sheltered kennel building;
failed to identify her dogs or keep records of their identification;
failed to maintain an effective program for the control of insects and rodents;
allowed the ambient air temperature to fall below 45 degrees; and
failed to keep the concrete floors in the indoor and outdoor portion of the sheltered facility impervious to moisture.;

A hearing has been scheduled for next Thursday, May 17th, in Morgan County Circuit Court.