Around 30 people gathered Wednesday to remember the victims of the worst boating accident ever at the Lake of the Ozarks. A memorial wreath was laid at the site of the Grand Glaize accident which occurred 60 years ago this week. In 1954 the 35 foot Grand Glaize excursion cruiser left the Bagnell Dam with 12 confirmed passengers and its captain. The boat then ran into severe weather and capsized. Some of the people on board were quickly rescued. However, the body of Patricia Gump from Tunas has never been recovered. There is some mystery surrounding a newlywed couple from Chicago that were supposedly on board. Thomas and Dorothy Fahey have been missing ever since and several theories have been put forth but their disappearance remains a mystery. In 1956 a Missouri court found there was no clear evidence the couple was ever on board.
The Morgan County sheriff’s department is seeking arrest warrants against the owner of a house near Barnett where over 150 dogs, cats, horses and goats were recently rescued. Police say additional arrest warrants in the case are expected. On May 6th Sheriff’s deputies along with the humane society’s animal cruelty task force rescued the animals from the property on hill point road. Officials with the humane society say most of the animals are improving and many have been adopted.
This is a busy time for officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Agent Derek Warnke with the M.D.C.’s Camdenton office says one of the issues confronting them during the summer months deals with non-resident fishing permits.
Warnke says yearly non-resident permits cost $42 dollars and daily permits are seven dollars, and can be purchased at several locations including Wal-Mart, sporting goods stores and gas stations.
A request is being made to dismiss a federal lawsuit against more than 100 officials and residents in Camden and Laclede counties. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year in the U.S. District Court against several entities and individuals including two 26th Judicial court judges, several local attorneys, the Laclede County Sheriff’s office and the Lebanon R-3 school district. Defendants are calling the suit “rambling” and are asking the court to dismiss the case because they don’t know what they’re actually accused of.
A Laclede County woman has been sentenced for kidnapping a little girl in 2011. 48 year old Patricia Daniels was supposed to go on trial Wednesday in Laclede county circuit court. Instead she entered an Alford plea of guilty admitting there was enough evidence to convict her for kidnapping a four year old girl from a mobile home park. She then took the little girl to an area Wal-Mart where she told witnesses she was going to adopt the child. Judge Stan Moore sentenced Daniels to seven years in prison.
Lake area residents may not need it now but some say this is the best time of year to purchase propane as it’s cheaper and more accessible. That’s according to officials with the Missouri propane gas association. There was a shortage of the gas this past winter which caused prices to skyrocket. Officials recommend residents get their propane early and maintain communication with their local supplier so they know what options are available. More than 14 million families in the U.S. use propane to heat their homes.
A new development at Deer Valley Park Camping and Storage in Sunrise Beach is moving forward. The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District is working out the details regarding fire codes for the proposed project that will feature a bar and grill with occasional outdoor and under roof entertainment. Fire Chief Dennis Reilly says there are some specific requirements the new development will need to meet pertaining to the fire code.
Reilly says he’s confident there are solutions to the issue that will be agreeable to all parties involved.