Morgan County R-2 Schools responded quickly after bus driver is alerted by student of a possible gun on the bus. The district sent home a letter to the parents about the incident which occurred on Friday last week. According to that letter, a student informed the bus driver that he though he saw what looked like a gun. The driver promptly stopped the bus, called school officials and remained there until Police could inspect the bus. Police discovered an air soft gun along with a knife inside a duffel bag outside the bus after the investigation was completed. At this time no names are being released.
Schools across the Lebanon area did not have recess today after a fugitive couple decided to hide out in town. According to the Lebanon R-3 school district, school resource officers where made aware of two individuals involved in an investigation of a homicide in Springfield who were hiding somewhere in Lebanon. Early this morning, police discovered their gold Toyota Camry at 4th and New Buffalo abandoned. For safety reasons, the schools went on a Mini lock down, keeping student’s inside only today and allowing no visitors inside. School officials say parents will be able to pick up their children like normal. Police believe that the man and woman may still be in the area on foot or could have taken another vehicle. The male is described as a white man with a bald head, a goatee and a tattoo on his left hand. The woman is described as heavy set with red and brown hair. The victims in the homicide were taken to the hospital for treatment where one passed away.
A man suspected of felony stealing at the Osage Beach Wal-Mart and stealing a car out of Holts Summit is in custody. According to the Osage Beach Police Department, the vehicle, a 2005 Hyundai Elantra was stolen from Holts Summit Sunday night. The suspect then came into the Osage Beach area Monday and committed felony stealing. The man was eventually apprehended in Cole County by the Highway Patrol and is now behind bars.
Several arrests were made over the past week by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. A total of ten people were picked up by deputies on various charges between September 29th and October 5th. The department handled numerous calls including one for a sexual offense, two for second and third degree assault, one for domestic violence, and three for residential burglary. The sheriff’s department also reports there are currently 128 inmates in the county jail including one “ICE” detainee.
It’s been a busy week for the Osage Beach Police Department. Between September 29th and October 5th, officers responded to over 130 calls including one for child abuse, 18 for alcohol and drugs, three for suspicious activity, two for stealing and seven for property damage. Police also responded to six accidents and also arrested a 44 year old woman from Versailles. Monica Massey was picked up on a warrant out of Laclede County for failure to appear on a charge of writing bad checks.
The I.R.S. caught the public by surprise when they seized a local RV park Monday in Laclede County. According to reports, The Circle J campground on highway 64 near Bennett Springs State park, was seized because the owner Richard Johnston owed back taxes. Johnston was informed of this in July but KRMS has learned that all of the tenants living on the property were not aware of anything until the I.R.S. informed them Monday. Tenants have been given until 5pm Today (Tuesday) to vacate the premises. Johnston had owned and operated the property for several decades until today. The property is expected to be put up for auction sometime in November.
It was one heck of a race for the Two Dam Days paddle event this year with records being busted and a California native taking the crown. For the past four years, Olympic champion Michael Herbert has held the records on the Lake. This year however, Guinness book of world records holder Carter Johnson took the spotlight by shattering Herbert’s record by 16 minutes on the first leg of the race, fighting against wind and high waves. On day two, Johnson strolled into Beaver’s to win beating Herbert by 5 seconds. Johnson walked home with a cool $3,880 when it was all said and done.