Iberia Bank Robbery; Suspect In Custody

There’s been a bank robbery in Iberia … and a suspect is in custody. The First State Bank on Highway 17 in Iberia was held up at about 11:40 this morning when a man put a gun to a teller’s head and demanded money. The robber reportedly made a getaway in a gold Totyota, heading Northbound on Highway 17. Details remain sketchy, but the suspect was reportedly apprehended about 15 minutes later in Tuscumbia. The Miller County Sheriff’s Department says the case is being handled by the FBI.

Camden County Sheriff Battle Begins

With the political season on the horizon the race for Camden County sheriff has begun to take shape. There is a twist to this story though and it could potentially stir the pot up for some controversial debate leading up to the general election. The Former Camden County Sheriff John Page has officially announced his intention to re-run for the seat he lost to incumbent Sheriff Dwight Franklin in 2008. Page filed as an Independent candidate yesterday and intends to fight for the seat he lost in 2008. Page was a Democrat before being beat out by Republican challenger Dwight Frankilin. In order to appear on the ballot, Page will be required to collect approximately 500 signatures from registered voters across the county area and all of them will be checked and verified. The number of signatures is based on a percentage of the sum of the total number of voters in the 2008 general election. The petition must be submitted by June 30

Lake Ozark adds Two to Police Force

Due to a population increase and an influx in calls the Lake Ozark Police have decided to interview and hire 2 more officers to help out with policing the area. The approval was made to allow for the hiring of the 2 officers by the Board of Alderman and finalized in the latest meeting. The interviews were conducted and the Police Chief reported that he interviewed three people for police officer positions on Friday, March 9. After the interviews the Chief had intent to hire two. Now that the interviews and background checks complete, the board approved Chief Maples’ recommendation to hire Corey Anderson and Ginny Dunmire both as full-time officers. The officers will begin their new jobs on Sunday, April 1 before the start of the busy summer season. Both officers have a brief amount of experience before this job

Development On the Rise in Lake Ozark

Lake Ozark Deputy Director/Building Official Charles Misenheimer, in his report to the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen said that he has been continually contacted by various developers, numerous real estate agents, and consulting firms regarding codes and regulations pertaining to new commercial developments and redevelopments. This is a very good sign to the members at the building that there is an interest in business coming to the area. This shows signs of growth and potential business’ for the town and will generate more tax revenue, which has been up some 34%. This may also create jobs for local people who are struggling like everywhere else in this tough economy.

Child Taken From Home that was Meth Lab

There was a child that was taken from her home in response to a report of her exposure to a Meth Lab operating in the home. The unknown 11-year-old girl is being treated for exposure to a methamphetamine lab her parents had erected inside of her home. There were no official charges filed as of yesterday but the parents have been taken into custody. Law enforcement officers are awaiting the charges to be officially filed in this case. Their names can and will not be released until the formal application of charges which will be sometime in the near future. According to press news release issued by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, the arrests occurred based on a tip of a possible methamphetamine lab inside the Ginger Road residence.

Investigation Turns Up Child Sex Abuse Charges Against Retired Pastor

When Father Joseph Carlo retired in 1990 as pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Rolla, he had one legacy. Now, an internal church investigation may leave him with a new and tarnished one. Rev. Cannon Daniel Smith of the Missouri Diocese says they’ve finished an investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving children in the church, and he says they’ve had contact with five people who claim they were abused by Carlo between 1975 and 1985. Smith says they believe the abuse happened.

Man Rescued After Fall from Cliff Hospitalized

A man who fell from a cliff in Osage Beach Tuesday is being treated for serious head and chest trauma at a hospital in Columbia.
He had apparently fallen about 75 feet onto the rocky shoreline below the 1400 block of Bluff Drive. The rescue was carried out by first responders from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, according to Deputy Chief Terry Paul, with help from other agencies:

Lake Ozark Fire paramedics transported the man by boat to Port Arrowhead Marina where a landing zone had been set up for Staff For Life helicopter.Officials say they’re still not sure how the man fell or when it actually happened:

The victim’s name has not been released.