Child Pornography Charges…

A Pulaski County man has been charged with possessing child pornography.
32 year old Joshua Warner was arrested on a Pulaski County warrant June 5 and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. An investigation into Warner’s activities was conducted by the South Central Missouri Computer Crime Task Force, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
The investigation centered on peer-to-peer networks — which is where users can send files over the Internet to each other using programs installed on their computers. These peer-to-peers were being used to exchange child abuse images and videos. The sheriff’s department and task force both served a search warrant at a home on Highway 28 south of Dixon in Aug. 2011. During the search, fficers seized computers and optical media for examination.
During the examination a number of child abuse video files were found.
Warner’s court date is not known at this time.

Lake Ozark Closer to Two New Warning Sirens

Lake Ozark’s board of aldermen voted this week to give city staff the green light for the lease-purchase of two outdoor warning sirens with the help of U.S. Bancorp. The bank offered its’ help to the city for lease-purchase of equipment including police vehicles. The bank will fund the purchase, and the city will pay of the sirens at about 14,000/year for three years. he sirens cost $39,000, and there’s a $5,000 grant towards the purchase from USDA.

MoDOT Will Keep Public Comment Period Open Until 6/25

The meeting regarding the issue of Key Largo rd and a proper fix was held at OB City hall last evening. You could not move as business owners, residents and concerned citizens went to look at MO DOTS latest proposal on the fix. The limiting of access to other intersections is an area of contention but is a primary concern of mo dot.

There were mo dot officials who were there to listen to public comments in a question and answer like format, standing by maps of their proposal. MODOT assured the residents that their comments were crucial to final outcome of the issue.

Public commenting will be open until June 25th when MoDot will have a final answer.

Laurie BOA Meeting

The Laurie BOA had a meeting and several issues were on the table. The board along with Mayor Herb Keck gave an update on the proposed city use tax saying the board approved an ordinance at the May meeting to put the use tax on the ballot in the Tuesday, Aug. 7 elections.

The board approved signing a contract with Lexsar Solutions Inc., to provide wireless internet services and to lease space on the city water tower. The tower would be utilized for services so as to not build another. Finally the board also approved the purchase of a computer and SCADA system program for water and sewer which cost of approximately $5,000.

Reminder: LOWA Meeting on E-Coli Study Monday

Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA) will have a public meeting at Tan Tara in the Crystal Ballroom Monday, June 18 from 6:30 – 8:15 PM. MO Dept. of Conservation Fisheries Biologist Greg Stoner will give a summary of the 5-year E. coli study that was recently completed in Oct. 2011. Due to the elevated levels of E-coli on both public beaches in recent years, the water quality has been more of a concern. One of the theories of how E-coli levels are elevated recently are believed to have come from the geese waste particles mixing in with the water, but it has not been definitively proven.

Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen Make Appointments, Nominations

The Lake Ozark Board of Alderman were busy last meeting making several new appointments and nominations. Recently Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos appointed Mardonna Phillips to fill the city collector’s position at the recommendation of a interview panel. Mardonna was one of seven candidates initially interviewed for the vacant city collector position. Also at the meeting the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting chairs were elected. Last meeting the commissioners held their annual nomination and election of commission chairs. Commissioner Gil Hartman was elected as the commission’s chair and Windy Borders was elected as the commission’s vice chair/secretary.

Lake Ozark Getting New Storm Sirens

The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen looking to add 2 storm sirens to its City for emergency situations approved a proposal from US Bank for a lease purchase program for the two sirens. The total cost for the two sirens is $39,022. The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District will provide $5,500 grant funds directly towards the project and the fire district will also provide the locations for the first two sirens. The sirens will be located at the main fire station on the bagnell dam strip, across from McDonalds and the other will be located at the fire station on Welsh Road. Lake Ozark FPD is currently in the process of trying to upgrade much of its fire equipment and its north shore location. They have re-issued a fire bond that will be voted on by voters in miller and Camden counties Aug. 7th.