Grand Glaize Beach Closed Again

Grand Glaize Beach in Lake of the Ozarks State Park has been closed again by the state Department of Natural Resources because of elevated E coli bacteria levels.  Results of water samples taken Monday indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming.  This is the second time this year the beach has been closed due to water quality issues.  The other swimming beach in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Public Beach No. 1, located in Kaiser, remains open.

Missouri State Park beaches at Harry S Truman located in Warsaw,  Pomme de Terre’s Pittsburg beach in Pittsburg, St. Joe’s Monsanto Lake beach in Park Hills and Wakonda located in La Grange are also closed.   Once tests indicate the bacteria levels are within the standard suitable for swimming, the beaches will reopen.

Camdenton MAP Testing Problems Under Investigation

MAP testing protocols are currently under investigation at the Camdenton Middle School.  In a statement, Camdenton R-3 Superintendent Tim Hadfield says the district’s legal counsel and officials from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are conducting an investigation about isolated incidents to follow testing protocols.  After conducting an initial investigation, the District self-reported these alleged irregularities to DESE.  No decision by DESE has been issued regarding the status of test scores which may have been impacted by a possible breach in testing standards.  Hadfield says the investigation is being taken very seriously and that they strive to ensure the highest academic standards for their students.  Since this is an ongoing investigation, the school district will not be able to comment any further at this time.

State Gets Continuance in Morgan County Double Homicide Case

Two suspects in a double homicide earlier this year in Morgan County will be back in court in August.  29-year old Mandy Mitchell and 45-year old Garland Mitchell, both from Jefferson City, were in court on Tuesday for a motion hearing.  The state was granted a continuance in the case.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the Mitchell’s on August 27th.  Both are charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the deaths of Carol and Freddie Wilson in February.  The Wilson’s were found shot and stabbed inside their home south of Versailles.  Mandy and Garland Mitchell are being held at the Morgan County Jail on a bond of one million dollars each.

McCabe Murder Trial Continues in Camden County

Day three of the Morris McCabe triple murder trial will start on Wednesday in Camden County Court.  In the first two days this week, both the prosecution and the defense have called family, friends, and law enforcement officers to the stand.  McCabe is charged with three counts of first degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of 53- year old Donald Meyer, 45-year old Donald Young and 46-year old Sally Amos.  They were found dead inside a mobile home on State Route T-T near Stoutland. McCabe waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for the prosecution taking away the death penalty.  Judge Kenneth Hayden will be deciding the case.  The trial is expected to be finished on Friday. 

‘Business 54′ Signs Being Installed on 54 Expressway

New highway signs are going up along the 54 Expressway through Osage Beach beginning today.  The new signs, designating Osage Beach Parkway as Business 54, are being installed during the day this week, and at night next week.  MoDOT hopes to have all of the new signs in place in time for the 4th of July weekend, to help direct tourists to the Osage Beach business district.  The signs were requested by Osage Beach city officials.

Kansas Man Convicted of Cole Camp Triple-Murder

A Kansas man could face the death penalty after being convicted of murdering three of his relatives at their home in Cole Camp.   A jury in Clay County has recommended the sentence  for 47-year-old Robert Blurton, of Garnett, Kansas.  The jury found Blurton guilty of first-degree murder on Friday,  in the shootings of his aunt and uncle, Donnie and Sharon Luetjen,  and their 15-year-old granddaughter, Taron Luetjen at their  Cole Camp home in June, 2009.  Blurton’s attorney plans to file a motion for a new trial. Sentencing is scheduled for August 9th.

Body of Drowning Victim Recovered from the Lake

Divers have recovered the body of a  Camdenton man who was missing and presumed drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks.  51-year old Joe Bartholomew had last been seen shortly before noon Sunday,  fishing from a private dock near the 13.5 mile marker on the Big Niangua Arm.  His body was found floating on the water just after 2:30 this afternoon.  It’s the third drowning on the Lake of the Ozarks this year; the second in less than a week .