Alcohol Compliance Check

On March 15, the Osage Beach Police Department, Lake Ozark Police Department and the Camden County Sheriffs Department conducted a joint Alcohol Compliance Check Operation of businesses within the Lake area.
The operation was conducted between the hours of 4-7 p.m.
During the operation there was no sale at Quick Stop in Osage Beach, Murphy’s Express in Osage Beach, Jiffy Stop in Lake Ozark and Runway Express in Osage Beach However, those in violation were Casey’s in Osage Beach, Break Time in Lake Ozark and Minit Mart in Lake Ozark.
According to The Osage Beach Police Department, During the operation, the business where sales to minors occurred, the store clerks were issued a summons to appear in municipal court.
Reports of the violations are then forwarded to the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

Health and Vaccination Clinic moved to Sunday

Due to the rain, the equine health and vaccination clinic that was to be held at the Page Farm next to George’s Tack and Feed on Saturday March 24, has been moved to tomorrow, April 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
According to Dr. Leek, if you can’t make it that day and need his services before the first, he will honor the price list for the clinic, however a farm call fee may be applied.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sgt. Arlyne Page at 573-480-3112 or if you need to contact Dr. Leek he can be reached at 573-836-1346.

Trial Date Set in Christina White Baby-Burning Case

A September 17th trial date has been set for Christina White, the 29-year-old Iberia woman facing first-degree murder and other charges for the burning death of her baby in 2007. White is accused of setting fire to a blanket wrapped around her seven-month-old son, who died after several weeks in the hospital. The case was moved from Miller to LaClede County, and in January the state Supreme Court ruled White met the definition of mentally retarted and was ineligible for the death penalty. She faces life in prison without parole if convicted. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for May 31st in Lebanon.

Mortgage Experts Meet with Miller County Homeowners

State Attorney General Chris Koster has been sending legal experts into every Missouri county in the state this week, to inform homeowners about the recent national mortgage settlement and to register people who might qualify to receive benefits.
Today, they’ll be in Miller County. Missouri will receive more than $196 million as its share of the settlement with five of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. Homeowners who have already been foreclosed on, those who are current on their payments but underwater on their mortgages, and those who are struggling with their current payments but could make more reasonable ones, will all benefit. Assistant Attorneys General will be at the Miller County Courthouse in Tuscumbia at noon. They visited Camden and Morgan counties earlier this wek.

ACLU: “Surprised” Camdenton Schools Agreed to Settle

The Camdenton School District and the American Civil Liberties Unon are settling a lawsuit over internet filtering, with the district agreeing to stop blocking access to websites dealing with gay, lesbian and transgender issues:

ACLU attorney Tony Rothert says the suit was filed last fall on behalf of a Camdenton High School student and organizations whose websites were being blocked by the school’s internet filters:

Rothert says he was surprised the district agreed to a settlement:

Under terms of the settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, the district will stop blocking LGBT websites, agrees to be monitored for 18 months and pay $125,000 in fines and court costs.

For its part, the Camdenton school district has issued this statement:

“On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, the Camdenton School District’s Board of Education voted to settle the case of PFLAG et al v. Camdenton School District et. al., in order to put the focus in the District back on providing the highest level of education possible to our students. Throughout this litigation, the intent of the District was to protect our students from disablement of the District’s “sexuality” internet filter, yet, while at the same time, allowing our students to access information. The District succeeded in this endeavor and is glad that this case has been resolved.
“On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Judge Laughrey issued an Order granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and ordered the District to ensure that non-sexual LGBT- supportive websites were not blocked by the District’s internet filtering system. The Judge’s Order related to a hearing held in this matter in Jefferson City on October 27, 2011. The Judge’s Order did not reference or appear to consider information filed by the District on February 14, 2012, which informed the Court that the non-sexual LGBT supportive websites which were the focus of Plaintiffs’ Complaint were already open in the District due to an action taken by URL Blacklist, the Company that the District utilizes as a source for the base of its customized internet filtering system.
“Specifically, days before the Judge’s Order, URL Blacklist fixed a “script error” which unblocked non-sexual LGBT supportive websites which had been previously filtered under URL Blacklist’s “sexuality filter”. Accordingly, due to the change by URL Blacklist, the blacklisted categories on the District’s system were automatically updated based on changes made by URL Blacklist. On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, the District filed an amendment to their previously filed Motion to Dismiss, asking the Court to dismiss this case based on the fact that all of the websites listed in Plaintiffs’ Complaint were open to District students because of the change made by URL Blacklist. This information was not addressed by the Judge in her Order.
“While the District considered continuing this litigation or appealing the Judge’s Order, the websites which were the subject of the Complaint in this matter had already been opened in the District due to the change by URL Blacklist. Because those websites were not sexually explicit, and the District never had the intent to deny student access to information, the District decided not to challenge the action of the Court. Further, the Judge’s Order allowed the District to continue use of its customized filtering system and keep its “sexuality” filter in place which blocks sexually explicit websites from student access. With these factors in mind, the District decided to resolve the case. Due to the generous assistance of the District’s insurance company, the District’s Board of Education was only required to pay a small portion of the costs in order to resolve the case.
“Local and national attention has been focused on the District because of this case. However, what we know will continue to be true long after this case is over, is the fact that the Camdenton School District is a wonderful community where our students and alumni are accomplishing amazing things. The District is appreciative of the unending support of the community and the demonstrated resolve and dedication of its staff throughout this process and is looking forward to a successful end to the school year.”

Camdenton R-III, ACLU Settle

The ACLU’s settled its suit with the Camdenton R-III School District. The district’s agreed to stop blocking access to educational websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues. The District’s agreed to submit to monitoring for 18 months and pay $125,000 in legal fees and costs. Camdenton’s school board approved the settlement Tuesday and that it was filed with the court today.

Story Blogged at 03-28-12 18:16 by djennings

Osage Beach Motorcycle Accident

An Osage Beach man has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Route KK near Lake Point Road. 57-year-old Donald Metzger was driving northbound on KK early this morning when he lost control of his Harley, ran off thye road and was thrown from the bike. The Camden County Sheriff’s ofice says Metzger was flown to University Hospital by Staff for Life helicopter.