UPDATE: Lakefront Home Destroyed in Fire Caused by BBQ Pit

The lakefront home that caught fire yesterday in Osage Beach is a total loss. Flames were shooting through the roof of the two-story structure on Shawn Road when firefighters arrived. Osage Beach Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Dorhauer says the fire was caused by a bar-b-que pit:
fire caused by BBQ pit

While the house was destroyed, Dorhauer says firefighters were able to salvage many personal items from inside.  Everyone was able to get out of the house safely:

everybody got out safely

Fire at Osage Beach Lakefront Home

Osage Beach fire crews respond to a fire at a Lakefront home.  The blaze broke out around 6:00 on Thursday evening.  The home was located on the Glaize Arm of the Lake.  No word at this time from the Osage Beach Fire Department as to the extent of the damage or what the cause of the fire could be.


Article 600 Changes Tabled

A somewhat contentious issue in Camden County appears to be resolved at least for now.  On Thursday, the Camden County Commissioners met and voted to table any proposed changes to Article 600 of the Planning and Zoning Code.  The changes were focused primarily on code and violation enforcement.  The vote by Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken, 1st District Commissioner Bev Thomas and 2nd District Commissioner Cliff Luber was unanimous.  The changes could be brought back to the Commissioners at a later date, but if they remain tabled, the changes to Article 600 would never go into effect.

Lake Area Vietnam Veterans At State Capitol on Saturday

On Saturday, four veterans will be honored as part of the first Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri, and two of those veterans are from the Lake of the Ozarks area.  Governor Jay Nixon and Major General Stephen L. Danner, Adjutant General of Missouri, will honor the veterans in a ceremony on Saturday morning inside the Governor’s office at the state capitol.  US Navy Veteran John Albright from Sunrise Beach and US Air Force Veteran Michael Puckett from Camdenton will be receiving medals, medallions and certificates.  In 2012, Gov. Nixon signed into law a bill designating March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri. The day is designed to encourage Missourians to observe the day with appropriate events, activities and remembrances in honor of those who served during the Vietnam conflict.

Funeral This Weekend for Eldon Man Killed in Alaska

Funeral services are scheduled for this weekend for a former Eldon minister who moved to Alaska to become a law enforcement officer. The body of 54-year-old Thomas Madole was brought back to Eldon on Tuesday night. Madole was shot to death last week in a rural Alaskan town where he was village public safety officer. Visitation is scheduled for Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon. Services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Barnett.  Burial will follow at the Greenmore Memorial Gardens also in Barnett.

DNR Permit Granted for Rocky Mount Sewer Project

Phase 1 of a six phase sanitary sewer treatment plant and collection system is closer to reality in Rocky Mount.  The sewer district board announced at their meeting on Wednesday night that they have received an approval letter from the Department of Natural Resources for the plant which will be built on Lake Road Y-13 one mile from Lick Branch Cove.  At a public hearing last week, residents expressed their concerns about water quality and property values.  Project engineers and sewer district officials say the effluence released from the plant will be better than the lake water.  Property values are expected to rise because of the sewer connection.  The project will cost about four million dollars, all of that will come from grants and loans.  Construction on the plant is expected to start this summer.

Drug Arrests in Miller County

Two people are in custody after a traffic stop by the Missouri Highway Patrol.  On Wednesday afternoon, 25-year old Joshua Mazelin of Lebanon was pulled over in Miller County.  He was arrested for driving while intoxicated – drugs, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and property damage.  Mazelin was taken to Mid-Missouri Health where he is being held without bond.  A passenger, 22-year old Eric Lonczkowski of Lebanon was arrested for possession of a synthetic cannabinoid.  He was taken to the Miller County Jail on a 24 hour hold.