We know more about the shooting that took place on Wednesday night in California. According to police reports, 68 year old Donald Bateman apparently shot his son in law 43 year old Antonie Johnson in the arm and the abdomen at a home they shared. Although Johnson had been transported to St. Mary’s hospital, he passed away just two hours later. According to Police Chief Michael Ward, Johnson’s wife made the call that sent police to the house. Ward says Bateman is currently being held without bond and faces first degree murder charges. An autopsy for Johnson is scheduled for Friday.
A judge in the case of a lawsuit brought against the city of Eldon has sided with the city. According to reports, Judge Ralph Jaynes dismissed a lawsuit brought up in 2010 against the city over water and sewer billing ordinances because the plaintiffs failed to file a proper response to the city’s motion in a summery judgment filed on June 2nd. The lawsuit was filed by a group of 17 area landlords who protested the city’s meter system ordinances following a restructuring of the city’s system was charging a fee per unit in addition to actual usage. The plaintiffs are planning to file a notice of appeal by September 8th, which falls within the required 10 days to file.
Some of the results of the big Labor Day weekend are starting to come in and all accounts are showing that the Lake’s economy got a major boost. According to Heather Brown from the Lake of the Ozark’s convention and visitor’s bureau, tourism reports are up and business owners have told her their numbers where up throughout the weekend
Brown says the only day that resulted in slower numbers was Monday which was due to the rain in the area. Brown says even though the Labor Day weekend is a big weekend, there are even more events occurring in September that is continuing to help build the lake into a full time community.
Things are looking fancy these days in Morgan County as the courthouse in Versailles is getting a new coat of paint. Contractors began the process of sandblasting the existing paint off the building as they prepare to slather on the new coat of paint. The contractor working on the project is Vernon Zeiset of Zeiset painting who will work to finish the project soon.
The Camdenton Police Department had their fair share of arrests over the past week. During the period, police arrested 3 individuals including 20 year old Brittany Barfield from Roach on a warrant by the State of Missouri and arrested 39 year old timothy walker from Eldon on a warrant out of Camden County, both for probation violations. Police responded to 7 calls and checked over 690 businesses between August 27th & September 2nd.
A 40 year old Georgia man is in hot water after pleading guilty to one county of wire fraud, one county of aggravated identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Sirhon Ron Rivers apparently stole over $500,000 from the Missouri Department of Revenue between 2008 and 2012 when he filed fraudulent tax returns using personal information from several dead Missourians. Besides Missouri, Rivers copied his crime in 16 other states and raked in a total over $2.3 million dollars. He faces charges of having to pay all the money back, a fine of $ 1 million dollars and could face 60 years in federal prison without the chance of parole.
Governor Nixon was in town today for the 2014 Governor’s conference on economic development. The Governor discussed his administration’s ongoing efforts to grow Missouri’s economy through creating jobs and presented awards to local outstanding leaders in business, education and economic development. The Governor also met with all professionals and leaders in the business and education field throughout the State. The meeting took place at 9:45 this morning at Tan-Tar-A resort.