A discarded cigarette may have been the cause of a late night fire in Osage Beach that has caused some damage near the L.V. Nails store. According to the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, firefighters were toned out around 8:51pm on Friday to the 5000 block of the Parkway inside a shopping center next to Grand Rally go karts. Upon arrival crews discovered a fire on the exterior of the building and quickly attacked it limiting damage to the structure.
The Osage Beach Police Department is reporting that an accident early Saturday morning has resulted in one fatality. According to Sergeant Arlyne Page, officers responded to a call of someone blaring their horn around the 6 to 700 block of Lazy Day’s Road. When officers arrived they discovered a black 2007 Mercury Milan which had been involved in a crash. The sound of the hour was because the airbag had been deployed. Initial studies are showing that the vehicle may have been going to fast, lost control and the driver over corrected then struck a tree. The driver was 23 year old Nicholas Voorhees of Osage Beach, he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Judge ruled on Friday that the Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon can keep his Peace Officer’s License. According to the court report, Cole County Judge Jon Beetem ruled that the revocation of Dixon’s license would be stayed until the Department of Public Safety’s review was finished. The Judge said that there was no evidence that Dixon had not been compliant with the terms of his probation. Dixon will be able to remain in as Sheriff until their review is finished. At this time it is unknown where the County Commission stands on their decision to ask him to step down.
An Osage County jailer has been charged with having sexual contact with an inmate following an investigation by the Osage County Sheriff’s office. A probable cause statement shows that surveillance video identified Shawn Horan engaging in activities that appear to be in violation of the policy. Following an interview with the female inmate, it was discovered that the two had grown close and developed feelings for one another. He’s being charged with one count of sexual contact with a prisoner and his bond is set at $5,000.
A Miller man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after shooting at an airplane. According to court documents, 38 year old David Dickenson was charged in an indictment by the federal grand jury out of Springfield this month. Dickenson allegedly attempted to quote “Set fire, damage, destroy, disable and wreck” and airplane that was engaged in crop dusting on December 3rd of 2014. Dickenson had apparently shot at the plane then attempted to hide or get rid of the gun to prevent being caught by law enforcement.
The Missouri Department of Transportation continues to keep the old Route 66 bridge over the Gasconade river closed since it had been found to have structural issues by inspectors late last year. Area Engineer Bob Lynch says they just finished a deeper inspection to the bridge this week
Lynch says MODOT will have to make and consider several decisions including costs to repair the old bridge. Several area groups have been advocating it’s restoration as a historical part of the Route 66 heritage.
One of the 15 people who have filed a lawsuit against an area company has asked to be dismissed from the civil suit. This Monday, the law firm of Humphrey, Farrington and McClain filed a notice to dismiss their client Kathy Golembiewski against Copeland Scroll Compressors and other companies in the area that have been accused of negligently injuring multiple employee’s to hazardous chemicals. Golembiewski wants to be dismissed without prejudice which would give her the option to file again at a later date if she desired. 14 Others however remain in the area lawsuit including Michael Moore of Richland, Diana Steinhauer of Camdenton and several others from the Lebanon area.