Ameren Makes Changes to Dock Permit Process

Ameren is changing the way it issues dock permits for the Lake of the Ozarks. Beginning January 1st, dockowners will need documentation from their local fire district, showing their dock has passed an electrical inspection, before a permit will be issued:

Ameren’s Shoreline Management Supervisor Jeff Green says the new requirement applies to all new docks, relocated, and modified docks:

Green says Ameren also encourages all owners of new and existing docks to continue to have docks inspected on a regular basis once receiving a permit.

Drilling Under the Lake for Natural Gas Pipeline Project

What are all those construction crews up to around the Niangua Bridge? Summit Natural Gas is boring under the Lake, putting in a 3,300 foot long pipeline as part of their plan to deliver natural gas to homes in Camden, Miller, Morgan and Benton counties. Summit’s Annica Russo says work started a few weeks ago:

Russo says bores will also be done at the Hurricane Deck Bridge on Hwy. 5 and Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge on State Route MM. The three bores, each taking around a month to complete, are the most expensive parts of the Lake of the Ozarks project:

Boring at the Niangua Bridge began November 12th and is nearly completed.

Road Work — Week of December 10th

CAMDEN COUNTY

Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Much of the work currently taking place will not affect traffic. NEXT WEEK, however, crews will set steel girders on the concrete piers, which will necessitate a closure of the existing Hurricane Deck Bridge several times a day for 15 minutes at a time.

Route 7 between Route 5 and Route T – Roadside maintenance will take place today thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MILLER COUNTY

Route 42 between Route 17 and Route 134 – Shoulder widening continues. Periodic lane closures are likely, and motorists are advised to use caution through the area.

Route 52 between Route 17 and Route E – Roadside maintenance will take place on today. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 52 bridge over Route 54 – Bridge maintenance will take place today thru December 21st. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route A between Route 17 and Route 42 – Culvert pipe replacement and roadside maintenance will take place beginning today, thru Friday, December 21st. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Osage Beach Parkway between Route 42 and Passover Road – Roadside maintenance will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, December 11th and 12th.

MORGAN COUNTY

Route 52 between Route C and Route AA – Roadside maintenance will take place today and Tuesday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route W between Route 5 and the Miller County line – Roadside maintenance will take place Wednesday thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

City Purchases Camdenton Lion’s Club Property

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen has approved the purchase of property from the Camdenton Lion’s Club. The property is located at the entrance of the Camdenton City Park, across from the aquatic center. The property used to hold the Camdenton Lion’s Club building, which has since been demolished. The total cost of the land was $33,000, to be paid over a period of eight years.

Suspect Charged in Ivy Bend Murders

From the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office:

Early this morning Ronald James Blowers, DOB July 8, 1987, 33226 Sunset Road Stover,
Missouri was charged with two (2) counts of Second Degree Murder in the killing of Wayne and
Mable Wells on Monday, December 3, 2012.

Evidence from the scene and information obtained from Ronald Blowers led to the charges being
filed. It was first believed that the victims had been shot by a small caliber firearm; however
the autopsy revealed they died of blunt force trauma. It is believed that a pipe, knife, and
screwdriver were used to inflict the injuries. Yesterday a pipe was found near the scene believed
to be one of the weapons.

Ronald Blowers is currently being held in the Morgan County Adult Detention Center on
$1,000,000.00 bond.

This investigation is ongoing at this time.

Suspect Detained in Morgan County Investigation

Authorities have detained 25-year old Ronald Blowers in their investigation of the murders of Wayne and Mable Wells Monday night at their home in the Ivy Bend area. Investigators say Blowers has been charged with resisting arrest and trying to harm officers. He’s being held on $1-million bond. The Morgan County Sheriff’s office believes the Wells may have been gunned down in a robbery that went wrong.

UPDATE: Ivy Bend Murder Investigation Continues

The investigation of the double homicide in Ivy Bend is still ongoing, and Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty says, “we are making progress,” but no arrersts have been made. Petty says there have been several leads and interviews with more to follow. An ongoing search of the surrounding area of the crime scene for the murder weapon or any other evidence is being conducted. An autopsy was performed yesterday on both victims.