Man Accused of Killing Camdenton Teen in Court

A man accused of killing a Camdenton teenager in a traffic crash earlier this year in Jefferson City is due in court today.  29-year old Dennis Leporin of Columbia is charged with second degree murder, assault, driving while intoxicated persistent offender, driving while suspended, and driving the wrong way.  Jefferson City Police say Leporin was driving the wrong way on Highway 54 when his pick up collided head on with a car driven by 19-year old Chelsea Fredrickson.  A passenger in her vehicle did survive the crash.  The case review for Leporin will happen in a Cole County courtroom in Jefferson City. 

Investigation Continues Into Thefts in Miller and other Counties

Authorities may be close to making some arrests in a series of thefts that have hit rural farms and businesses in Miller and three other counties.  Sheds and out buildings have been targeted with tens of thousands of dollars of tools and equipment taken.  The thefts started in July.  Law enforcement say deer cameras have captured faces of the suspects and also license plate numbers.  These leads and others could soon be leading to arrests.  Residents in Miller, Callaway, Cole and Boone counties are reminded to lock their sheds and also put locks on their trailers.

SBA offering low interest loans for flood victims

Residents who suffered flood damage in their homes or businesses from August 2nd through the 14th of this year are now qualified for federal low-interest loans. On Tuesday the United States Small Business Administration approved disaster aid for Camden, Miller, Laclede, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski counties in the listening area along with Taney, Christian, Douglas, Ozark, Stone and Texas counties in Missouri. Homeowners are allowed to get loans of up to $200,000 for their real estate and owners and renters can get loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property. Business and nonprofit groups can receive up to $2 million dollars in loans to repair your business. To contact the SBA you can go to or call 1-800-659-2955

Woman Recovering After Being Hit by Vehicle

A Camdenton woman is at a hospital in fair condition after being hit by a vehicle.  Camdenton Police say on Friday, officers arrived in the area of Highway 54 and Illinois Street and found 48-year old Charlene Keesaman lying in the street.  Officers learned a vehicle driven by a 58-year old Stover woman was making a left turn from Illinois onto Highway 54 when she hit Keesaman.  Keesaman had walked out onto the Highway from the opposite side of the street.  She was taken to an area hospital and then air lifted to a Columbia hospital for treatment.  No word on whether or not any charges have been filed against the driver. 

Morgan County Official Wins Lawsuit

The Morgan County treasurer will be receiving more than 90 thousand dollars as the result of a back pay lawsuit.  Louella Pryor had filed the suit in 2012 after learning that she was being paid less than other county officials.  Retired Howard County Judge Ralph Jaynes presided over the case.  He ruled that because Pryor was paid 74 percent of the state mandated maximum salary while other officials were making 100 percent she was owed the back pay.  The eight years of back pay amounts to 93 thousand dollars.

Voluntary Boil Water Order for Lake Region Water and Sewer in Porto Cima

Officials at the Lake region water and sewer company have issued a voluntary boil water advisory for The Club at Porto Cima and customers living east of the club including LaRiva Estates, Private Quarters, Villa LaCresta and customers along Resplander way. According to the report, the water main was damaged by a contractor working in the area. If you live in the effected area, they recommend you boil your water vigorously for three minutes prior to use for drinking, diluting fruit juices and all food preparation as well as brushing teeth. You should also not use the ice cubes from your automatic ice maker. Water can be used for bathing without the need to boil. Customers will notice some discoloration of the water or air in their lines as the water is flushed through the system. For more information you can contact Lake Region at 573-365-6792 or visit and search boil water orders.

Tyler Elders wins the Big Bass Bash bringing home $61,500

After 2 days of rain and sweat, one man emerged victorious in the fall 2013 big bass bash. Holding the title for 2 straight days, Tyler Elders maintained his catch during the 9-11am check in on day 1 of 6 pounds, 52 ounces to win a grand total of $61,500 dollars. A hard fought second place was made in day 2 of the event early in the morning by Bobby Williams catching a 6 pound 47 ounce bass while a 6 pound 43 ounce bass helped Earl Malone make it to third place after his catch in the very first hour of day 1. In the ladies division Julie Hibdon brought home a whopping $1,000 dollars extra for her catch of 5 pounds 27 ounces along with many other winners who took home extra cash and gift certificates to the City Grill and Bass Pro Shops. Hundreds of local and national non-professional anglers competed in the 2 day event put on by the Midwest Fish Tournaments group. For full results you can visit their website