Camden County Gearing Up for McCabe Triple Murder Trial

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department is  getting ready for the February triple-murder trial of Morris McCabe. The jury will be sequestered for the entire case. McCabe is charged with killing Sally Amos, Don Meyers, and Don Young, all from Stoutland, in December 2010. McCabe was convicted for a murder in Lebanon in 1980, and served 30 years in prison.

Winter Weather and Wind at the Lake

Some of us in the Lake area may get to see some snow before the day is over. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Morgan County until noon today. A Wind Advisory is in effect for Camden, Miller and Morgan counties until 3:00 this afternoon. Winds are expected to be around 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 miles an hour are expected. There is a chance of snow this morning but no accumulation is expected. The winter weather is expected to move out of the area this afternoon.

Lake Area Prepares for Season’s First Snowfall

The first snow the season is expected Thursday morning and even though it probably won’t amount to much, drivers are being warned to ready for a slower-than-normal commute:

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull says even though forecasters say the Lake of the Ozarks probably won’t see much more than flurries. snowflakes could be flying and motorists need to prepare:

If you are going on a longer trip, Hull says to pack a winter driving kit that includes gloves, tools, blankets, non-perishable food and some sand or kitty litter for traction if your vehicle does slide off of the road. And, he reminds drivers, the most important thing they can do is buckle up.

Animal Shelter License Fees Challenged

Animal advocates are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to strike down a law that allows state licensing fees to be charged to animal shelters. An attorney representing shelters and the Humane Society says the fees are causing “financial stress” for some nonprofit shelters. They were exempt from the fees until a 2010. Then, the fees were raised in 2011 as part of a law dealing with dog-breeders.

Run On Guns — Firearms Dealers Doing Record-Setting Business

Business is booming at Lake area gun shops, amid fear that new regulations in the wake of Friday’s Connecticut school shootings could limit the availability of firearms. Jim Reis is owner of Pistols Plus in Osage Beach:

Reis, owner of Pistols Plus in Osage Beach, says people are buying firearms and extra-capacity ammunition clips they worry might be banned:

Reis says gun sales are up everywhere. And alot of their suppliers are running low:

Reis says his store set a new sales record Saturday.

School of the Osage Proposes $22 Million Bond Issue

The School of the Osage Board of Education will ask voters to approve a $22 million bond issue in April. Most of the money would pay for renovation and expansion of the Heritage building to house Mills Elementary students. Also included in the project will be improvements to the high school science lab … and improved security at all school buildings in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings.