Drug Arrest in Miller County

A traffic stop by the Missouri Highway Patrol over the weekend in Miller County leads to a drug arrest. The Patrol says early Saturday morning, a trooper stopped 38-year old Kristina Larimore of Iberia. Three and a half alprazolam pills and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. Larimore is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Larimore was taken to the Miller County Jail.

Winter Weather Advisory

Instead of a white Christmas, we may get to see a white New Year. The National Weather Service says a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the area from 6:00 a.m. Monday until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.  Light snow is expected to start this morning with more light snow and freezing drizzle possible this afternoon and tonight. Snow accumulations from one to four inches are expected. Drivers are asked to use caution and to be ready for slippery roads and limited visibilities.

Miller County DWI Crash

A 19-year old Lake Ozark man is seriously injured and is also facing charges after a one car accident over the weekend in Miller County. The Missouri Highway Patrol says on Saturday night, a vehicle driven by William Distefano was going west on Highway 42, just east of Route 134, when it went off the road and hit a tree. Distefano was taken to Lake Regional Hospital before being taken to University Hospital in Columbia. The Highway Patrol says that Distefano was charged with DWI, along with failing to drive on the right side of the road and not wearing a seat belt.

Road Work Scheduled for Week of December 31st

CAMDEN COUNTY

Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Crews will set steel girders on the concrete piers beginning Wednesday. This will require a closure of the existing Hurricane Deck Bridge several times a day for 15 minutes at a time. This process will take place over the next 3 to 4 months.

Route 7 between Route 5 and Route T – Roadside maintenance will take place Wednesday through Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MILLER COUNTY

Route 54 between Route 242 and Route FF – Bridge maintenance in various locations will take place Monday, December 31st through Friday, January 4. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 87 between Greenridge Road and Boulder Road – Roadside maintenance will take place Wednesday through next Friday, January 11th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route A between Route 17 and Route 42 – Culvert pipe replacement and roadside maintenance will take place Monday through next Friday, January 11th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Homes Cleaned Out in Climax Springs

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in helping them solve a series of home burglaries. Authorities say over the course of the Christmas holidays, three lake homes in the Climax Springs area were broken into with nearly everything taken from inside the houses. One home even had the appliances taken out of the kitchen. Authorities say it appears in one of the burglaries, the thieves broke in through a window. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.

Property Tax Payment Deadline Looms

You’re running out of time to pay your property taxes. The deadline is Monday. Camden County Collector Vicky Burns says her office has sent out bills to over 98,000 taxpayers:

Burns says payments can be made in-person, by mail… or online, with a credit card:

There’s another alternative to standing in long lines or hoping the mail makes it on time:

The Camden County Collector’s office, at the courthouse in Camdenton, will be open on December 31st, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Hurricane Deck Bridge Work Will Stop Traffic

Construction work on the new Hurricane Deck Bridge will start having an impact next week on the existing bridge. Starting on Wednesday, the current bridge on Highway 5 will be closed for up to 15 minutes at a time. MODOT says this will happen anywhere from four to eight times a day for the next four months. This closure will allow crews to begin setting steel girders on concrete piers for the new bridge. The new Hurricane Deck Bridge is expected to open in late 2013.