Leon Taylor is set to be executed next Wednesday in Missouri for the killing of an Independence gas station attendant in 1994. Attorneys for Taylor have requested clemency due to concerns over the role race has played in his death sentence. Attorneys say he is a black man who was sentenced by an all white jury and they’ve raised concern about prosecutor misconduct during his trial.
Fire crews from all over the Lake area are attempting to extinguish a fire that has been burning since Mid-Monday afternoon. According to Mid-County Fire Chief Scott Frandsen, fire crews have been fighting high winds which have been thwarting the efforts of firefighters to put out the blaze near Lake Road 7-3 and Velvet road that has caused damage to a Garage as well as a backhoe and dump truck from the fire department. Parts of highway 7 have been so thick with smoke it’s become nearly impossible to travel. Firefighters are advising people to stay away from the area while crews attempt to bring this fire under control. We will have more updates as the information is released.
Area Fire Departments are asking the public to stop starting fires after wind speeds have started climbing towards 30 miles an hour in the community. Fire departments all across the lake are being called out to small leaf fires, which are getting out of control as the winds pickup. Until the winds die down, it is recommended that you hold of any fires and if a fire is already burning, using a garden hose or a bucket of water, put it out.
Police are on the lookout for a robber that may be heading towards the Lake area. According to reports, a suspect wearing black work shoes, dark pants, dark hooded jacket, wearing a bandana on their face, sunglasses and blue latex gloves, robbed the Bee Line snack shop in Holts Summit early Monday morning. Police say a person went behind the counter at the mini-mart and restrained the employee before taking cash from the register and then heading down 54. If you see anyone fitting the description you’re asked to contact your local police department.
A Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured over the weekend following a traffic stop on Highway 54 near River Road. According to the Highway Patrol, 26 year old Deputy Kyle Walters of Lake Ozark had stopped a vehicle on the eastbound side of 54 when another vehicle reportedly hit him with the mirror on the vehicle, then drove away. Walters was taken to Lake Regional for treatment and Highway Patrol members are now looking for the driver and the vehicle, but have very few leads.
A former Morgan County employee is behind bars after being arrested on seven counts of felony stealing. 45 year old Tammy Davis of Versailles was arrested following an investigation involving missing funds from the Morgan County Sheriff’s office between January 2013 and October of 2014. A special prosecutor from Laclede County has been requested to prosecute the case. The investigation is continuing and Davis is currently being held in the Pettis County jail.
Camdenton Fire Chief Drew Stark is headed home after being in the hospital for the past two weeks following an accident at the fire department’s business office. A car had crashed into the building injuring stark and he was then transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Chief Stark will continue to undergo rehabilitation from home and while the process is expected to be a slow one, a full recovery is expected.