A two vehicle crash yesterday on Highway MM resulted in one fatality and the road having to be closed for most of the afternoon and some of the early evening. The accident occurred around 1pm just east of Chimney Point Road when 25 year old Benjiman Kasper drove his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban over the center line into oncoming traffic. 55 year old Patrick Rayburn tired to avoid Kasper by pulling to the right side of the roadway but his 1998 Ford Explorer was hit head on then overturned and caught on fire. Rayburn was pronounced dead at the scene and Kasper was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
An Osage Beach runaway teen has been found. 16 year old Jamin Brian Wentz was last seen running into the woods Thursday night near Dude Ranch Road off Nichols Road in Osage Beach. The Osage Beach Police Department issued a missing persons report and he was then found in the early morning hours of Saturday and is now back with this family. The Osage Beach Police Department and Jamin’s family would like to thank the community for spreading the word and helping bring him home.
A Columbia Missouri man is still missing after diving into the lake to help a friend you fell overboard. Friday night around 11pm at the 2mm McCoy Branch Cove 3 people entered the water to attempt to rescue one passenger that was riding on the bow of the boat and fell overboard. After the passenger was rescued one of the people that had entered the water did not resurface. He has been identified as 25 year old Adam Pedego who is still missing at this time. His next kin has been notified according to a report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to hold off on executing murderer Russell Bucklew to give more time for federal courts to consider arguments that the injection posed a risk of cruel and unusual punishment. Now the Missouri Supreme Court has set the execution date for an inmate that also faced delays in his execution. 54 year old John C. Middleton was sentenced to death for the 1995 shooting deaths of three people in northwest Missouri. He was previously scheduled to die by lethal injection in 2008, but the execution was stayed then by the Missouri Supreme Court amid legal challenges to the state’s death penalty procedure. His new execution date has been set for July 16th.
The Osage Beach Police Department is asking for everyone’s help in finding a runaway teen. According to a release, 16 year old Jamin Brian Wentz was last seen running into the woods near Dude Ranch Road off Nichols road in Osage Beach. He was last seen wearing black pajama pants, a multicolored horizontal striped shirt containing a mixture of various shades of red and tan stripes and tan camouflage Adidas tennis shoes. He is described as a white male standing 6 foot 1 weighing 150 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. Current hair style is short on sides and back and approximately 1 ½ inches on top. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Osage Beach Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.
A person who has been missing for a few days has been found safe and sound. Camden County Sheriffs deputies located Jacob Michael Ewald who had been missing since may 24th in the Macks Creek area on Thursday night. There is another man who is still missing at this time. Donald Lee Erwin had left his home to buy a pack of cigarettes in his a 2002 silver Hyundai Elantra with Missouri license MK6-E3P and still has not been found to this day. He’s described as 5’8, 190 pounds with long brown hair, full beard and missing a left leg. Anyone with information on Erwin’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Camden County Sheriff’s office or your local law enforcement agency.
The rumors are false; Sunrise Beach fire is not getting 36 new fire hydrants. Instead, they are getting 3 fire hydrants, which according to Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly is what they were suppose to get. Reilly says they would be around the highway mm corridor:
Reilly informed us over the phone that a mistype on a story has had citizens calling is office asking how they got lucky enough to get 36. Reilly assures the community if he could get 36, he would be jumping for joy.