Camden County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Jason Higgins has been named Missouri Deputy Sheriff of the Year. Higgins received the honor from the Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association at their annual banquet, held this week at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark. Corporal Higgins has served with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office since March of 2008.
The body found in field off Native Road earlier this month has a name to go with it. Using a DNA sample, the Missouri State Highway Patrol lab has identified the decomposed remains as those of 44-year-old Edwin Duncan of Camdenton. The body was found Setember 7th on a gravel road near Route 5 southeast of Camdenton. The Camden County Medical Examiner’s Office is still awaiting toxicology reports to determine cause of death.
Two Camdenton men are injured after a brake failure yesterday in Camden County. Thirty-two year old Scott Malczewski was driving a 1988 Chevrolet septic tanker west on Highway V south of Lowell Williams Road when the brakes failed on a grade, the tanker truck careening off the west side of the road and overturning. Malczewski was not wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries. He was flown by the Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia. His passenger, 52-year old Wilson Porter was also not wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries. Porter refused treatment at the scene.
A Climax Springs man faces federal child porn production charges. Twenty-two year old Adam Hammond had been charged with using a cell phone to induce a minor in an illicit sex act and receiving and distributing child pornography. The federal indictment this week adds a charge of producing child pornography between October 31st and December 29th of last year in Polk County. Because of the indictment, Hammond will have to forfeit any property suspected in the crimes. 54-year old William Rohe of Pierce City, 31-year old Jason Farris of Anderson, and 54-year old Lawrence Ellrick, an active duty soldier at Fort Leonard Wood, are also named in the indictment for separate child porn charges.
Floats will close down a part of the Bagnell Dam strip today for the School of the Osage homecoming parade. Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples says the closure will happen mid-afternoon.
The 32nd annual Apple Festival continues today in the city of Versailles. The Royal Theatre kicked off the celebration last night with local actors performing the Wizard of Oz. Versailles Mayor Terry Silvey says tonight the Apple Festival king and queen are crowned with the big crowds expected for all the Saturday events.
Silvey says over the 32 years the event has grown.
The city had an apple orchard south of town when the event began. Silvey says the city decided to keep the theme even though the orchard closed.
It took a Miller County jury less than an hour to acquit a former Stover church pastor of child molestation charges. Travis Ray Smith had been accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl while on a fishing trip last year. The trial was was moved to Tuscumbia from Morgan County on a change of venue. At the time of the alleged incidents, Smith was the pastor at the First Baptist Church in Stover.