Hartzler to Unveil Bill Limiting FERC’s Power

Legislation limiting the power of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be unveiled by 4th District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler at a Camdenton news conference Monday morning. The bill Hartzler plans to introduce in the House of Representatives would effectively reduce FERC’s power to matters directly involving the generation of electricity, and allow state legislatures to give local communities greater control over shoreline management.

1/4 Cent Hike in Sales Tax Could be Coming to Lake Ozark

Lake Ozark voters will be asked in November to consider a one-quarter cent hike in the sales tax to help cover costs tied to a major sewer spill several years ago. The Board of Aldermen have given the City Attorney to draft the paperwork to put the issue on the balance. Aldermen chose this route instead of an across the board sewer rate hike of $2.50/month.

Linn Creek Horse Rescue Group Facing Hay Shortage

A Linn Creek organization that provides care for abandoned and abused horses needs hay. Connie Hendrix, who runs the Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary says the drought has her horses already eating their winter hay supply. She says they need donations … of hay, or money to buy the feed. Two fundraisers are planned — a garage sale August 3rd and 4th on A Road next to Mini Mart, and an ice cream social and pie auction August 18th at Community Christian Church in Camdenton.

Local Raids Part of Nationwide Crackdown on Synthetic Drugs

The recent raids on two head shops in Camdenton and an Osage Beach tattoo parlor were part of something much larger — “Operation Logjam”:

The crackdown on synthetic drugs like so-called “bath salts,” potpourri, K-2 and Spice … items commonly sold at head shops and some convenience stores, and often targeted at teenagers, resulted in a huge haul for drug agents, according to DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart:

The raids included two stores in Lebanon yesterday. And, earlier this month, two Camdenton head shops — Hippie Spirit and Puff’N’Stuff’ — and the Straight Aces tattoo parlor in Osage Beach.

James Shroba of the DEA office in St. Louis says synthetic drugs are a growing problem in Missouri and around the nation. But Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel, who will be conducting another public forum on synthetic drugs next week in LinnCreek, says they’re really nothing new:

The forum will take place next Wednesday, August 1st, at 6:30 p.m, at the Camden County Museum.

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More Area Businesses Raided in Synthetic Drugs Crackdown

The crackdown on synthetic drugs continues. Two businesses in Leclede County were raided by local police, sheriff’s deputies and DEA agents Wednesday. Authorities confirm they were looking for so-called bath salts, K-2 and Spice after officers made undercover buys at Lucky’s Novelties in Lebanon, and synthetic drugs were also found at Jefferson Package. Earlier this month, two stores in Camdenton were raided – Hippie Spirit and Puff’N’Stuff. And it’s now been lerarned that a search warrant was also served at the Straight Aces tattoo parlor in Osage Beach.

Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel will be conducting another Forum on Synthetic Drugs next week at the Camdenton Museum in Linn Creek. He’ll be discussing “bath salts,” “potpourri,” and the synthetic substitute for marjuana created by spraying chemicals on a green, leafy plant material and sold as K-2, or Spice:

The forum will take place Wednesday, August 1st, at 6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Man Killed in Morgan County Crash

A deadly crash in Morgan County. 65-year-old Henry Fricke of St. Joseph lost control of his 2012 Mercedes on a curve on Misouri 135 north of Peachtree Road. According to the Highway Patrol, the car went off the right side of the road, struck a driveway embankment, went airborne and hit a mailbox, then hit the ground and overturned several times before striking a large tree. Fricke wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, landing in the swoods some distance away. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Morgan County coroner.

Dry Conditions Keeping Lake Area Firefighters Busy

Osage Beach Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Dorhauer said the department is fighting an unusually high number of brush fires. Firefighters have responded to approximately 150 calls in July, making it possibly the busiest month in the department’s history. Dorhauer says most of the fires have been caused by the extremely dry conditions:

On Monday, they battled a brush fire off of Anderson Hollow in Camden County.

About 100 acres burned. One firefighter was transported from the scene to Lake Regional Hospital for heat-related medical issues.