Communities across the Ozarks are coming together to stop the recent rash of burglaries throughout the lake area. The program called Community on Patrol are urging residents to put signs in their yards and drive the roads looking for criminals who have burglarized homes on several routes between Camden and Laclede counties over the past several years. The group currently consists of twenty residents, and a lieutenant colonel from Fort Leonard Wood leading the effort. Multiple police departments are also working with the residents involved. For more information you can contact the Emergency Management Office.
A local semi truck driver has just been arrested on drug charges. 52 year old Marty Cantrell was stopped by a Camden County Street Crimes Deputy for exceeding the posted speed limit Tuesday afternoon. After speaking to Cantrell, the deputy became suspicious and conducted a search warrant seizing ½ grams of crack cocaine from the cab of the semi. Cantrell has been charged with a class c felony of possession of a controlled substance, class a misdemeanor of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, class b misdemeanor with operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner and class c misdemeanor of exceeded posted speed limit by 16 to 19 mph. Cantrell is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on a $2,000 cash only bond.
The Camden County Sheriff’s office has released information on a burglary that took place on Memorial Day. According to a recent press release, the Sheriff’s office received a report of two men who had entered an unoccupied residence on Brent lane near Camdenton. Upon arrival at the location, Sheriff’s Deputies discovered several items missing from the residence and they found the two men who where then taken into custody. 18 year old Noah Marqice Evan of Ditmer and 18 year old Ryan Michael Hirth of De Soto where both charged with a class B misdemeanor of trespassing in the 1st degree and class A misdemeanor of stealing. Their bond was set at $500 cash or $3,000 surety each. They’re currently being held at the Camden County adult detention facility pending formal charges.
The Gravois fire protection district signed on a new team member as a full time firefighter for the district. David Hurtubise was a volunteer firefighter for the Rocky Mount fire district and a former intern from Mid-County. He started on May 15th on the C shift. The district now has eight full time fire fighters protecting citizens. At the last meeting for the Gravois Fire Protection District’s Board of Trustees, modifications to the districts points per run program presented by Fire Chief Ed Hancock had been tabled. The program helps compensate volunteer firefighters by earning points for fuel and vehicle use. The board did approve modifications to the district’s standard operating procedure nepotism policy which takes effect this Thursday. The changes where made to bring the existing policy up to date. The next meeting for the district is Monday June 2nd at the administration building on route O in Laurie.
Last week Camden County Commissioners Kris Franken and Beverly Thomas met to fix an issue that was originally overlooked when the Camelot sewer district was created but was discovered a few years ago. Apparently 7 homes within the Buckingham estates subdivision were left out of sewer service during the original installation in 2003. Since then officials have been trying to find a way to fix the issue but due to cost of equipment needed, they have been unable to move forward. Now the sewer district is looking at entering into a contract to lease funds no more than $150,000 with a 4.5% interest rate to purchase the necessary equipment and add those existing homes to the system. The project is expected to go our for bid within a week and officials are hoping to have it completed by Labor Day.
The Osage Beach Police Department is reporting a relatively calm holiday weekend, that’s according to Sergeant Arlyne Page who says they still had a few calls they had to respond to.
Sergant Arlyne Page says they’re especially thankful for the low number of DWI’s.
Sergeant Page says there were only two DWI’s during the memorial day weekend.
The plan to replat over ten acres of property in the Camdenton area in order to build 33 toy barns has been scrapped. The steel buildings would’ve been available for sale to the public for the purpose of storing such things as cars, motorcycles and boats. At the April meeting of the Camden County Planning Commission around 40 homeowners protested the proposed amendment to the Lakeside at Cross Creek. The developer has now indicated he will be resubmitting an alternate proposal to replat and build 15 to 18 single family residences instead. The Planning Commission has tabled the request until June 18th at which time a public hearing on the issue will be held.