Dory Gets More Time to Prepare Murder Defense

A continuance is granted for one suspect in a Sunrise Beach murder case.  On Monday, both the prosecution and the defense for Stacy Dory of Shawnee, Kansas were given more time for ongoing discovery and taking depositions.  Dory’s trial was supposed to start next week in Boone County Court.  Dory is charged with second degree murder and forgery in the death of William Van Note.  He was found shot and stabbed at his Sunrise Beach home in October of 2010.  Van Note was taken to a Columbia hospital where he died a few days later.  Prosecutors allege Dory, her husband Desre and Van Note’s daughter Susan forged a do not resuscitate order that took Van Note off of life support.  Dory will be back in court for a status hearing on June 17th

Eldon Baby’s Death Under Investigation

Police are investigating the death of a baby in Eldon.  Authorities responded to reports of a 2-month-old who was unresponsive last Thursday.  The child was taken to Lake Regional Hospital, and pronounced dead. Eldon police called the Highway Patrol to investigate and they found drugs while searching the home.  32-year-old Graham Bond and 25-year-old Elizabeth Burnett were arrested and charged with felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  Bond and Burnett are each being held on a $100,000 bond.  The investigation into the death of the baby continues.

Cause Determined for Fire at Lake of the Ozarks Landmark

Osage Beach fire officials say they know what started the fire on Sunday morning at a Lake of the Ozarks landmark.  The cause was determined to be an extension cord that was plugged into a CD recording device that was used to record shows at Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry in Osage Beach.  The fire broke out around 11:20 on Sunday morning.  Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Camdenton, Eldon and Mid-County fire fighters all responded to the scene.  The building has fire damage in the front along with heavy smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the structure.  No one was injured.  For more than 50 years, Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry was a live entertainment theater.  It closed to the public in 2005.

Van Note Murder Suspect in Court

A suspect in a 2010 Sunrise Beach murder case is due in court on Monday afternoon.  Stacy Dory of Shawnee, Kansas is scheduled to be in a Boone County court room on Monday afternoon for a hearing.  Dory’s attorney filed for a continuance in the case last week.  Dory is charged with second degree murder and forgery in the death of William Van Note.  Van Note was found shot and stabbed in his Sunrise Beach home in October of 2010.  He was taken to a Columbia hospital where authorities say Dory, along with her husband Desre and Van Note’s daughter Susan allegedly forged a do not resuscitate order.  Van Note died a few days later.  Dory’ trial was supposed to start last December and is now scheduled to start next Tuesday.  She remains free on bond. 

Road Work – Week of April 8th

CAMDEN COUNTY

Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Much of the work currently taking place will not affect traffic.

Route KK between Route 54 and Osage Beach Parkway – Roadway maintenance will take place today through Thursday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route TT between Route F and the end of state maintenance – Roadside maintenance will take place today through Thursday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MILLER COUNTY

Route 54 bridge over the Osage River east of Wood River Road – Bridge rehabilitation in the westbound lanes continues. One lane will be open through the work area.

Route 42 between Route 17 and Route 134 – Shoulder widening work continues. One lane will be open, and a pilot car will guide traffic through the work area.

Route 54 between Route FF and River Road – Roadside maintenance in the eastbound and westbound lanes will take place today through next Thursday, April 18th. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be open through the work area.

Route 52 at Pace Road – Culvert pipe replacement will take place today through  April 18th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 52 between Route 17 and Woods Road – Culvert pipe replacement will take place today through  April 18th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route BB between Route 42 and Route 133 – Roadside maintenance will take place Thursday, April 11th through Wednesday, April 17th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MORGAN COUNTY

Route 52 between Newton Street and Fairground Road in Versailles – Roadside maintenance will take place today and tomorrow. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 5 between Route 52 and Jefferson Road in Versailles – Roadside maintenance will take place Wednesday and Thursday.  One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Fire Damages Ozark Opry

An investigation is underway into the cause of Sunday’s fire that damaged the historic Ozark Opry building in Osage Beach.  The fire was first reported shortly after 11 a.m. by an Osage police officer   When firefighters arrived, they found flames had burned through the front part of the roof, damaging the iconic Ozark Opry sign.  Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, Eldon Fire Department and Mid County Fire Protection District all responded to the scene.  It took them about two hours to get the fire in the attic under control.  Firefighters cut through part of the metal roof to release smoke trapped inside the building.  Despite heavy smoke and water damage, the building remains structurally sound, according to authorities.  The Ozark Opry, a popular live entertainment venue for over 50 years, has been closed since 2005.

Iberia Home Burns

A fire in Miller County has left  one person homeless.  The fire happened Friday at a home on Brushy Fork Road in Iberia.  According to a spokesman for the Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross, the agency is assisting the victim with financial resources to purchase food and clothing.