About Ten Days Until New Expressway Opens

November 14th could be opening day for the western portion of the 54 Expressway.

Osage Beach City Engineer Nick Edelman informed the board last night that barring any weather catastrophes MoDOT plans to open the new portion of the expressway on Monday the 14th or Tuesday the 15th.

Mayor Penny Lyons said after the meeting that traffic and commerce is now balanced on the eastern portion, a year after it opened.

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Some service road and tie-in work will continue on the western portion after it is opened.

Chief Details False Abduction Story

A camden county woman is under arrest after she lies to police about an attempted abduction. Laurie Police Chief Shane Edwards says a complaint came in to his department about an incident at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair.

Edwards says his department investigated and found no evidence of any abduction attempt.

Martin will appear in Morgan County court for a preliminary hearing.

Pulaski County Sewer Hearing Next Month

The Pulaski County Sewer District Board will hold a public hearing pertaining to changes in the user rate ordinance Dec. 6 at 11:45 a.m. There are a few changes of interest to some customers. Among them, ending the prepayment discount, the requirement of an affidavit for rates based on household size, and only allowing rates to be readjusted once a year rather than any time a customer has a lower water bill.

Attemped Abduction a Hoax; Woman Charged With Filing False Report

A woman who claimed she was the target of an attempted abduction during the 2011 Laurie Hillbilly Fair has been arrested for making a false police report. Laurie Police Chief Shane Edwards says 30-year-old Leona A. Martin of Camden County claimed a vendor tried to abduct her at the fairgrounds the weekend of September 16th, but she managed to pull away, and then called police. Edwards says an investigation determined Martin had led about the incident, and when contacted by officers, she avoided them and declined to participate in for follow-up interviews. The Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney issued for Martin’s arrest, charging her with making a false report . She was taken into custody and is being held in the Morgan County Jail with a $5,000 cash only bond.

McCaskill and Blunt Staying on FERC Issue

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is hoping that bipartisan support will help push through a plan to prohibit changes to the lake’s Shoreline Management Plan.

McCaskill spoke yesterday about the bill that would stop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from implementing the changes that would force the removal of homes and structures.

Senator Roy Blunt is asking residents of the lake to post their concerns about FERC on his Facebook page. The senator asks how the decision has affected your family or business.

No Curbside Leaf Pickup in LO This Year

The city of Lake Ozark will not perform curbside leaf pickup this year because they have no place to dispose of them.

The city says if residents want to burn leaves they are asked to first contact the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District at 365-6407. Questions for the Public Works Department can be directed to 365-1741.

Two Injured When Vehicle Hits Deer

A deer in the road sends two Tipton residents to University Hospital in Columbia.

Wednesday morning just before three, 42-year old David Bledsoe was driving a 1998 Suzuki west on U.S. 50 in Moniteau County when he hit the deer. Bledsoe and his passenger, 38-year old Rebecka Alder, were both wearing seat belts and were both seriously injured. They were taken by ambulance to University Hospital.