A woman accused of murdering her father and his girlfriend is scheduled to be back in court today (Monday). A pre-trial conference for Susan Van Note is taking place today with a jury trial scheduled to begin on February 17th in Laclede County circuit court on a change of venue from Camden County. Susan Van Note is accused of shooting her father William Van Note and his girlfriend Sharon Dickson at their vacation home in Sunrise Beach in October of 2010.
A one car accident in Benton County has sent four children to the hospital. According to the highway patrol, 31 year old Theora Dinwiddie was traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 52 near Cole Camp when she failed to negotiate a curve and then traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch and a tree. Dinwiddie’s four children ages 12, 10, 8 and 7 were injured in the accident and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments transportation advisory committee will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) in Camdenton. Henry brown from the University of Missouri will discuss the various aspects of asset management for local governments. In other business, the committee will identify any actions that need to be taken to the board and will address unfinished business as well. Tomorrow’s meeting begins at two o’clock at the Mid-County fire protection district building on Business route 5.
MODOT has four projects taking place this week in Camden and Miller Counties. Pavement and sidewalk improvements continue in Camden County on Route 54 at Business Route 5 and occasional lane closures are likely in the work area. In Miller County, roadside maintenance takes place today (Monday) thru Wednesday on Route 17 between Route 52 and “H”. Culvert pipe installation will begin on Wednesday on route “Y” between Oak Hill road and the end of state maintenance in Morgan County. And culvert pipe replacement will take place today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) on Route “BB” between Route 42 and the Maries County line. One lane is open and crews will flag traffic thru the work area.
State lawmakers are looking to pass ethics reform during the upcoming legislative session. However, some are skeptical. 28 bills have been filed addressing ethics laws which currently allow limitless lobbyist spending on gifts and campaign contributions. One idea being proposed is a “cooling off period” to prevent lawmakers from going into lobbying right after leaving office. Some political scientists are skeptical about meaningful reform following years of failure. Legislation has been introduced in the past but hasn’t gone far.
Hold on a minute, before you take a bite of that cookie you may want to check to see if it’s been recalled. Over the weekend the John B Sanfilippo & Son is voluntarily recalling the Fisher 8 oz Chopped Walnuts and Fischer 8 oz Pecan Cookie pieces packaged in plastic bags because they believe it could be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased these items can return them to their local grocers for a full refund or replacement. At this time there has not been a report of anyone getting infected, none the less the company says it’s better to be safe than sorry and recommends customers give them a call for more information at 800-874-8734. The recall affects stores in Missouri and Arkansas.
The full report and dates to look for can be found here: FDA Recall
The Camden County Sheriff’s office is making some upgrades as we start this New Year. Sheriff Dwight Franklin says there are a number of projects the Sheriff’s office needs but one of the bigger upgrades is at the jail
Franklin says they’re also making improvements for communications in their patrol cars
Franklin says the upgrades where approved by the County Commission.