Motorcycle Accident Injures Two from Gravois

Two people are thrown from a motorcycle Thursday morning in Morgan County. Sixty-year old John Waddell of Gravois Mills was riding the 2007 Yamaha west on Route P, east of Missouri 5, when the Yamaha went off the right side of the road and hit a ditch. John and his passenger, 51-year old Tina Waddell, also of Gravois, were both thrown from the bike. Both were wearing helmets. Tina suffered serious injuries and was taken to Lake Regional before she was flown to University Hospital in Columbia. John suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lake Regional.

Local Businesses Have Water Monitoring Issues

Several businesses are being cited by the MoDNR for not monitoring their water systems. In Camden County, Kelly’s Landing and Quarter Barrell Bar and Grill, in Miller County, the Construction Site Bar and Grill, and in Morgan County, Creekside RV Park, the Gravois Cree Mee, and Indian Rock Golf Club and Estates have failed to meet water testing standards. All of the local businesses have three major monitoring violations in the past twelve months.

Area Stores in Ground Beef Recall

Beef sold in the Lake of the Ozarks area is part of a national recall due to E. coli. Tyson Fresh Meats is voluntarily recalling 131,300 lbs. of ground beef sold at six different grocery chains, including the Sav-a-Lot stores in Camdenton, Laurie and Versailles. The ground beef was sold in pre-packaged printed tubes or “chubs” that are placed directly into the retail meat case. Each package bears the establishment code EST 245D as well as a “Best Before or Freeze By SEP 12, 2011.” The product was produced on August 23, 2011.

State House Passes Biz Incentives Plan

Missouri’s Republican-controlled led has passed a tax cut for businesses and a sales tax break for shoppers. The House vote, largely on party lines, lowers the corporate income tax to from 6.25% to 5.5% in January. It’s tied to a larger economic development plan that would also create new tax incentives for specific businesses: computer data centers and international exporters at the St. Louis airport. The House passed another amendment exempting products made in the United States from state sales taxes for a one-week period from July 1-7 in 2012 and 2013.

FAA Probes Morgan County Plane Crash

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration this morning arrived at the scene of yesterday’s plane crash in rural Morgan County. Morgan County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Tim Harlin says the two-seater experimental ultralight aircraft went down in a bean field shortly after taking off from a private airstrip off Great Oaks Road and Sheep Drive. The pilot was apparently trying to make his way back to the runway, a distance of about seven miles, after the engine overheated. The plane crashed nose-first into the field. The pilot, identified as 63-year-old Gregory Everett of Versailles, was the only one on board. Everett suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia.

McCaskill Questions FERC Logic

After a discussion Tuesday with Ameren Missouri, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is ready to fight the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on changes to the Shoreline Management Plan. The senator says that she is on it.

Changes made to regulations by FERC make about 4,000 structures including homes, decks and gazebos inside the boundary line subject to removal. McCaskill says the federal bureaucrats are out of hand.

McCaskill says FERC will be her focus but there is a question about who to blame.

Ameren is waiting for a re-hearing with FERC to determine if Ameren’s plan to grandfather sturctures and move parts of the boundary will be accepted.

Versailles Man Seriously Injured in Plane Crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash that happened late yesterday afternoon in Morgan County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report says 63-year old Gregory Everett of Versailles had just taken off from a private airstrip in his Kolb Mark 3 aircraft when he called the airfield and stated that his engine was overheating. The aircraft stalled and went nose first into a field on private property off of Great Oaks Road and Sheep Drive. Everett, who was the only person on the plane, suffered serious injuries. The Versailles man was airlifted to University Hospital by the Staff for Life helicopter.