19 people have been arrested on separate charges over the past week by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to the department’s weekly report, deputies responded to numerous calls including a sexual offense, two residential burglaries, one for child abuse, another for assault, one for domestic violence, three for stealing and one DWI. It was also reported there are currently 152 inmates in the county jail.
The City of Eldon is receiving a technical assistance grant from the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities to help in the process of developing the rock island trail that will run thru several lake area communities. The purpose of the grant is to assist with developing strategies in order to enhance livability and also create lasting economic and environmental improvements for the community. A workshop to provide training and discuss issues surrounding the project is also being planned. The trail is part of an overall effort to convert the Rock Island Railroad into a 144 mile recreational trail.
The 24th Annual Lake Area spring shoreline cleanup is underway. organizers are anticipating several hundred volunteers again this year to participate in the event that runs thru April 13th. Efforts to cleanup the shoreline began in the early 1990’s with nine civic clubs adopting nearly 90 miles of shoreline. Today more than 90 businesses, organizations and property owners take part in the project and more volunteers are still needed. Over the past 24 years more than 5 million pounds of trash and debris have been disposed of thru the cleanup effort.
Over 300 people were on hand over the weekend for a rally to save the route 66 bridge in Laclede County. The 90 year old bridge located over the gasconade river was closed back in December due to unsafe conditions after years of deterioration. Supporters of the bridge don’t want to see it torn down but are instead urging MODOT to repair it.
Missouri’s oldest death row inmate is scheduled to be put to death tonight for fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy back in 1996. Attorneys for 74 year old Cecil Clayton are filing last minute appeals claiming he has dementia and suffers from a brain injury following a sawmill accident in 1972 that led to part of his brain being removed. The Supreme Court by a vote of 4 to 3 declined to intervene and Clayton’s request for clemency is now being considered by Governor Jay Nixon. He’s scheduled to be executed at six o’clock tonight.
The Lake Ozark parking improvement group met on Friday to continue working toward increasing the number of parking spaces on the Bagnell dam strip. Representative Rocky Miller was on hand for the meeting and discussed how his office could be of assistance.
One of the ideas mentioned during the meeting was to do a survey of the east side as it could help determine any parking spaces that could be added. It was also reported that up to 50 spaces could be created by demolishing the old police station, but they’re still waiting on a hazardous materials report before moving forward.
The annual paddlefish season is in full swing. Things got underway yesterday (Sunday) as anglers lined up across the lake area hoping to snag one of the big fish also known as spoonbill that have a distinct nose or bill and can weigh up to 160 pounds. Bill Cassidy, host of Fishing the Ozarks on KRMS says anglers can catch them by the dam but its more fun to do so from a boat.
Anglers are only allowed to snag two paddlefish per day if they are more than 34 inches long. The Missouri Department of Conservation has also started a 5 year program to track how many spoonbills are harvested each year.