A teenager from Germany received serious injuries after being struck by a boat propeller Tuesday in lick branch cove at the 5 mile marker of the main channel. The Highway Patrol’s Water Division reports 18 year old Konstantin Ehmke was swimming too close to the rear of the vessel and was struck by the propeller. He was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional hospital for treatment.
The Highway Patrol’s Water Division ticketed 49 individuals this past weekend during a saturation on the Niangua River. According to a release, the Patrol along with the Department of Conservation issued 49 boating citations which included trash violations, drug arrests and minors in possession among other items. The Patrol selected certain areas on the waterway based on issues they have seen with underage drinking and actions on the water in the past
Lake area residents will join voters statewide in determining the outcome of several amendments including a ¾ cent sales tax proposal for transportation infrastructure. KRMS news reporter Mike Ferguson has this special report regarding amendment seven.
Voters will go to the polls on August 5th.
Governor Jay Nixon is seeking help from school administrators in upholding his recent vetoes of various tax breaks by asking them to lobby state legislators. Nixon is calling the 2014 legislative session the worst six months for public education in recent memory. He believes tax breaks for certain industries including computer data centers, restaurants and electric companies could harm funding for education and local services. However, Republican leaders question his projected revenue losses. The legislature is scheduled to meet September 10th to consider overriding Nixon’s vetoes.
A 14 year old boy that was seriously injured in a car accident that claimed the lives of four people last week on the Niangua bridge in Camden County continues to recover. 14 year old Donnie Schroeder survived the accident that killed the teenager’s mother, father and twin brother, after their pickup collided with a dump truck. Schroeder is recovering from surgery and has begun rehabilitation and is expected to make a successful recovery. Funeral services for the teen’s three family members were scheduled for Tuesday in the family’s hometown of Benson, Illinois. 56 year old Randal Estes of Warsaw was also killed in the accident. An educational fund has been set up for Donnie Schroeder in care of Flanagan State Bank in Benson, Illinois.
The double murder trial of Stover man is scheduled to begin soon. Ronald James Blowers will go on trial next month for allegedly killing Mable and Wayne Wells in December of 2012. According to police, the Stover couples were found murdered in their home as a result of blunt force trauma. Blowers was arrested in connection to the case the next day after he led law enforcement on a foot pursuit and then repeatedly stabbed himself in the stomach and neck. In addition to murder, blowers faces charges for burglary and two counts of armed criminal action. His trial is scheduled to begin August 11th in Laclede County on a change of venue from Morgan County.
A Camdenton man has been found guilty of molesting a two year old child in 2011. Authorities say Curtis Flint molested the little girl after her mother put her down for a nap on his couch. D.N.A. evidence and eyewitness testimony led to Flint’s arrest and conviction. Flint told police he had been drinking the night the crime occurred and did not remember the incident. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 9th.