Co-Mo Warns of Scam Targeting Members

Someone claiming to be a Co-Mo Electric Cooperative employee or representative has been calling former members about unclaimed capital credits. The caller asks for a “finder’s fee” to be sent to a relative of his.  Capital credits are what a member of an electric cooperative earns by being an owner. Any time the cooperative has margins left over at the end of the year, its board of directors can allocate that money to be returned to the membership at some point in the future after it has been used as an investment into the electrical system.  Capital credits occasionally go unclaimed when a member leaves the cooperative’s system and fails to provide a forwarding address or phone number.  Spokesman John Agliata says Co-Mo never calls people about unclaimed credits:

John Agliata – Co-Mo scam

Co-Mo plans to pursue legal action and they’re asking anyone who may have been targeted to call their customer service department at 800-781-0157, so authorities can be made aware of the scope of the scam.

Lake Area Students Win National Contest

Students at Hawthorn Elementary and Oak Ridge Intermediate are celebrating after claiming the title of National Champions in Internet Safety for 2012. Out of 20,000 participates nationwide, Lake area students came out on top:

Denise White on the Students’ Competition

Denise White with the Camdenton School District says everyone is invited to celebrate their achievements:

White on the presentations

The event will take place on Wednesday,  March 27th at 1:30 p.m.  at the Camdenton Middle School.

The City of Osage Beach is Growing

The city of Osage Beach is set to have some major expansion in 2013 as new stores and residents begin to move in town. Mayor Penny Lyons says the city has more building permits than last year at this time and she is looking forward to some news businesses opening soon.

Mayor Lyons on new Businesses

Lyons mention that the city will have several events this year, one of which is the grand opening of Dierbergs at the old High Pointe Shopping Center

Mayor Lyons on Dierbergs

Lyons also says the city will have many tournaments at their city park this year and the city will be operating the concession stand at all of the games.

As far as growth is concerned, the city is growing rapidly…so much so that both Camdenton and School of the Osage are having issues keeping up, which is why both schools are having bond issues on the April 2nd Ballot

Mayor Lyons on the Schools

 

Multiple Arrests in Miller County

A busy eight days for Miller County deputies as they arrest six people.  On March 11th, Stephanie Ash of Iberia was taken into custody after meth was found in her vehicle during a traffic stop.  Six days later, deputies served a search warrant at a home on South Eastview Road in Eldon.  Deputies found Meth, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash.  33-year old Mistina Loder and 39-year old Gerald Wall were taken into custody.  At the same time, a vehicle came to the house.  The driver, 29-year old Justin Isbell ran away but was arrested a short time later.  Meth and hashish were found in the vehicle.  A passenger, 20-year old Raelyn Koenigsfeld was arrested for a probation violation.  On March 19th, deputies found a shake and bake meth lab at a home in Iberia.  Michael Wall was arrested.  Loder, Isbell and Wall are in custody at the Miller County Jail on a bond of 100 thousand dollars each.

Fire Destroys Home in Sunrise Beach

A family of four is receiving assistance from the Heart of Missouri Chapter of the Red Cross after a fire destroys their home in Sunrise Beach.  The fire happened on Monday at their residence on Crawford Drive in Camden County.  The Red Cross provided financial resources for the family to meet their emergency needs to help them buy food, clothing and a two night stay at a local motel.  Family members also received comfort kits and were also given referrals to other agencies in the area.

Eldon Man Stays in Jail

The Missouri Court of Appeals says an Eldon man will stay behind bars.  The order was handed down on Monday after 53-year old Eddie Boyd tried to appeal his 25 year prison sentence for domestic violence.  He was convicted in Miller County Court after beating his wife in February of 2010.  She had broken ribs along with other bruises and contusions.  According to Missouri law, Boyd will stay in custody until he turns 70 when he will be eligible for parole.   

Sink Hole in Lake Ozark

A road in Lake Ozark is closed after a sink hole appears over the weekend.  City officials say Valley Road between Station Drive and School Road will be closed to traffic this week as crews work on repairing the road and also investigate what may have caused the sink hole.  If there are no more problems, the road should be back open to traffic by the end of the week.  City officials say businesses along Valley Road are open and can be accessed from the northeast side of Bagnell Dam Boulevard.  Anyone with questions is asked to call Lake Ozark City Hall.