One person is dead and another is injured after a one vehicle crash in Camden County. The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident happened on Monday evening on Route A just east of Seven Springs Road. A car driven by 25-year old Joshua Shelton of Crocker missed a curve, went off the road, hit a tree and overturned. A passenger in the vehicle, 45-year old Melissa Crossland of Richland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Shelton was seriously injured and was taken by helicopter to a Springfield hospital for treatment.
Social media is now being used in the continuing search for a suspect who remains at large. Last week, the Help Catch Brian Adkison Facebook page was set up. He escaped from the Caldwell County Jail on August 11th. Adkison was being held on rape, kidnapping and other charges. In June, Adkison led 19 different Lake Area law enforcement agencies on a six day manhunt before being captured in Morgan County. The page includes information about Adkison and has also set up a fund for his capture. The money raised will go to a women’s domestic violence shelter. Authorities say Adkison is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.
A Camden County bridge is going to be temporarily closed later this week. On Thursday, the Missouri Department of Transportation will close the Route J bridge over the Little Niangua River for inspection work. The bridge will be closed from 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Drivers are asked to find an alternate route. For more information on this project and other transportation related issues call 1-800-ASK-MODOT or go online to modot dot org.
A two boat collision on the Lake of the Ozarks sends two people to the hospital. The Missouri Highway Patrol says on Friday night, a boat driven by 76-year old Wilbert Cornelison of Edwards was going upstream slowly at the 65 and half mile marker of the main channel. Another boat approached from behind driven by 47-year old Paul Lindstrom of Kansas City, Kansas. The left side of Lindstrom’s boat hit the right side of Cornelison’s. A passenger on Lindstrom’s boat, 53-year old Caren Nagy of Kansas City Kansas had serious injuries and a passenger on Cornelison’s boat, 62-year old Linda Hollinshead-Ingram of Edwards had moderate injuries. Both women were taken to an Osage Beach hospital for treatment.
According to a statement from attorney Michael McDorman, the Camdenton Board of Education has accepted the resignation of Middle School Prinicpal Sean Kirksey. He has been on administrative leave since irregularities were found during MAP testing in the spring. McDorman says the resignation was accepted after the public hearing for Mr. Kirksey on Wednesday. In full consideration of his resignation and a full release of any claims, the Board agreed to honor the balance of Mr. Kirksey’s contract for the 2013-2014 school year.
Three people are taken to the hospital, including a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper, after a two boat collision on the Lake of the Ozarks. The collision happened on Thursday night at the 15 mile marker of the main channel. A patrol boat driven by 35-year old Stephen Burgun of Jefferson City was going upstream while a boat driven by 55-year old Brian Pecenka of Lake Ozark was traveling downstream. Pecenka’s boat did not have its bow lights on and turned in front of Burgun’s. The vessels collided and Pecenka’s boat capsized. He was taken to an Osage Beach hospital before being taken to a Columbia hospital with serious injuries. Burgun and a passenger on Pecenka’s boat, 62-year old Nicholas Kamakas of St. Louis were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. Two other passengers on Pecenka’s boat were injured but refused treatment at the scene.
The fate of the Camdenton Middle School principal is now in the hands of the Camdenton School Board; this after a marathon day of testimony on Wednesday during a public hearing for Sean Kirksey. He has been on administrative leave for some time after several testing irregularities were found during the MAP testing in the spring. 15 witnesses testified on Wednesday including Kirksey. The hearing started at 8:30 in the morning and finished up about 1:00 in the morning on Thursday. It is not known how long the school board will take to make a decision or when the results of that decision will be made public.