Overturned Semi Causes Highway Closure in Osage Beach

A semi trailer truck overturned this morning in the area of Osage Beach Parkway N at the off ramp to 54. The Osage Beach Police Department is asking that all traffic avoid that area by staying on 54 to the Lake Ozark Bagnell Dam exit. If they want to come back into Osage Beach, they can then get onto Osage Beach Parkway. The area of Osage Beach Parkway and 54 will be closed until about 10:15 a.m. while the semi is uprighted.

Osage Beach Smoking Ban Survey Deadline Today

If you have an opinion one way of another about the proposed public smoking ban in Osage Beach, today may your last chance to let
let the city know. An online survey was posted last month to find out what residents, business owners, and visitors think about the idea of an ordinance that would ban indoor smoking in public places, and whether it would be in the best interest of Osage Beach. The smoking ban survey is online at www.osagebeach-dot org, and copies are available at City Hall for those without internet access. The city says affter July 5th – that’s today – the results will be tabulated and reviewed by the Board of Aldermen to determine what the next step will be.

Miller County Motorcycle Accident Sends Eldon Man to Hospital

A motorcycle accident in Miller County late last night sent an Eldon man to the hospital. According to the Highway Patrol, 51-year-old Virgil Cooper was driving westbound on Route 54 near AA when his Harley ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned. He was taken to St. Marys Hospital with minor injuries.

The Highway Patrol says 19-year-old Tyler Lucas of Dixon was driving too fast for conditions when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway, crashing into a tree, on Adler Springs Road at Route TT early this morning. Lucas refused medical treatment.

Wakes Cause Injuries on Lake Over 4th of July Weekend

A man was hurt in a waterskiing accident on Lake of the Ozarks Monday afternoon. 22-year-old Brandon Meyers of Crown Point, Indiana was crossing a boat wake when he fell. He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital. It happened at the 9 mile mark on the Grand Glaize Arm around 5:00.

Earlier in the afternoon on Monday, 24-year-old Jessica Rew of Independence was a passenger in a rental boat driven by her father at the 11 mile mark and she was thrown in the air, hitting her head and injuring her ankle. She was taken to Lake Regional.

On Sunday, a passenger on a Runabout fell when it hit a wake from a large cruiser near the 38 mile mark. 60-year-old Jerry Porterfield of Lone Jack, Missouri was taken to Lake Regional Hospital.

Otherwise, boaters kept the lake safe over the Fourth of July Weekend. No reports of any drownings, collisions or groundings.
Water Patrol Captain Matt Walz says increased B-W-I enforcement and boater education helped reduce the number of drunken boaters on the water over the holiday weekend.

Lake Ozark Police Department Focused on Corner Cutters

Lake Ozark police are doing their routine patrols, for the holiday weekend, but they’re also focusing on three intersections for corner cutting. Police Chief Mark Maples says it’s been a problem lately at State Route W at the Mockingbird and Highway 54 interchange, at Fish Haven Road and Bagnell Dam Boulevard and at the Highway 54 and State Route W traffic light intersection. Maples says he’s received complaints about speeding and reckless driving, in those areas, where people are cutting across parking lots to avoid stop signs and traffic signals.