Severe Weather Leaves Death and Destruction

Severe storms tore thru parts of Missouri overnight. The Lake area dodged the bullet, but it was a close call:

Mike Griffin at the National Weather Service in Springfield

The Lebanon area has been hard hit. Roofs were reportedly ripped off the Lowe’s Garden Center there, and the Bennett Springs fire station. Tractor trailers were overturned on Highway 32. There are reports of some injuries in Lebanon and elsewhere in Leclede County.  At least one person is dead after a possible tornado hit a mobile home park south of Buffalo. Significant damage to homes and businesses is also reported in Edgar Springs, about twenty miles south of Rolla. Injuries are reported in Branson, where an apparent tornado moved thru the downtown area, heavily damaging some of the theaters, hotels and other businesses on the strip.

We have received no reports of any significant damage in the Lake area.

Three Members of Eldon Family Killed in Crash

Three members of an Eldon family are dead after an accident on Highway 52 near Tuscumbia. 36-year-old Marty Wilcox, 27-year-old Elisa Wilcox and their 3-year-old son were killed in the crash yesterday afternoon. A 2-day-old baby was the only survivor. The Highway Patrol says it happened when car driven by 19-year-old Emily Frakes of Eldon crossed the center line on Highway 52 and collided head-on with the Wilcox’s car.

Morgan County Candidates File

Today marks the start of the candidacy filing period for the 2012 elections. It runs thru March 27th. At the Morgan County courthouse in Versailles, County Clerk Cathy Williams says seven candidates filed to run for various offices:

The filing period runs thru March 27th. The primary will be held on August 7th and the geberal election will take place November 6th

Miller County Candidates File for Office

Today was the first day of filing for candidates wishing to run in the August 7th primary and November 6th general elections. Miller County Clerk Clayton Jenkins describes the scene at the courthouse in Tuscumbia:

And the candidates are:

The filing period runs through March 27th.

OB Man Arrested After Trying to Return Stolen Car

An Osage Beach man is in custody after trying to return a stolen vehicle to it owner. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 4000 block of Camden Lane in Camdenton by a woman who said her 1999 Toyota Corolla had been stolen and other property was missing. She said she received a call from the suspect saying he wanted to return the car. 27-year-old Neil Herbert was arrested at a residence off State Route P. He’s been charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and burglary and is being held on $2,500 bail.

State’s High Court Hears House Districts Challenge

Missouri’s Supreme Court’s focused on population requirements for state House districts as it considers the legal challenge to a new map of district boundaries. The high court heard arguments today in a lawsuit challenging the map, which adjusts the outlines of the 163 House districts based on the 2010 census. A bipartisan group, including two former state lawmakers claims the new map violates requirements for districts to have similar populations.

UPDATE: Polar Plunge Total $220,000 – and Counting

This weekend’s Polar Plunge at Grand Glaize Beach was a record-setter, in more ways than one:

Crystal Chalk with Missouri Special Olympics says both for number of participants — 615 plungers — and amount of money raised — $220,000 and counting — set new records. Some Polar Bears dressed up for the event:

Each participant was required to raise a minimum of $75 to participate in this year’s 17th annual Polar Plunge.