Just after 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon an accident shut down westbound lanes of Highway 54 crossing the Grand Glaize Bridge. According to Sergeant Arlyne Page of the Osage Beach Police Department, the accident involved a pedestrian and the victim in the incident was taken to an area hospital. Traffic backed up as far as the Highway 42 exit for the parkway. At this time no further details are available.
A Stover Police Officer is still recovering following an incident last Sunday in Morgan County. Stover police Chief Trampus Jackson told KRMS news that officer Kevin Lutjen had an additional surgery on Tuesday where a metal rod was placed in his leg and that he continues to have oxygen issues but is getting better. Officer Lutjen had pulled over 64 year old Janet Lang for a routine stop when she ran over him with her car. She currently remains in the Morgan County jail on a quarter million dollar bond.
Two men from Sunrise Beach were seriously injured following a boating accident Wednesday night near the ten mile marker of the Osage Arm. According to the Highway Patrol’s water division, a boat driven by 70 year old Robert Jensen was traveling downstream, slowed to make a right turn and struck a concrete breakwater wall. Jensen was transported by staff for life to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of his injuries while a passenger, 59 year old Richard Carl was taken to lake regional hospital.
The father of Brandon Ellingson, the 20 year old who drowned at the Lake after falling out of the highway patrol’s boat in handcuffs and slipped through his P.F.D., is asking for a Federal investigation into the incident. Craig Ellingson claims that, during the corner’s inquest in Morgan County, none of their witnesses were questioned. The Highway Patrol sent their condolences to the family and announced they would “review all of the procedures relating to this incident.”
Years of effort and dedicated service by volunteers in the Rocky Mount sewer district are about to pay off. According to district chairman Red Jennings, the project design is being finalized and a financing package is awaiting final approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Jennings says the first phase of the new sewer system will serve about 250 homes in the lick branch cove. Construction will start this spring and should be complete within a year. The Rocky Mount sewer district encompasses about 1900 homes in Morgan County on the eastern side of the Gravois Arm. In 2004 voters approved $24 million in revenue bonds to fund construction of the system.
The murder trial of a Springfield man that was suppose to be held in Camden County on a change of venue has been moved back to Laclede County. Judge Kenneth Hayden has ruled that 21 year old Benjamin Stidham who has been charged with first degree murder relating to the deaths of Jeffrey and Glenda Smith of Philipsburg and Zachary Porter of Elkland can be moved back to Laclede County at the request of both the prosecution and defense. A bench trial is scheduled to begin on November 18th.
A local attorney has been elected to a new position with the Missouri Bar. Erik Bergmanis, managing member of the Bergmanis law firm in Camdenton is the new President-elect for the organization. Bergmanis has also been a member of the State’s Board of Governors since 1999. The Missouri bar was created in 1944 by order of the state Supreme Court and represents 30 thousand practicing attorneys in the state.