Chief Celebrated at Retirement Party

Residents, city officials, and local and statewide law enforcement members gathered yesterday at Osage Beach city hall for the retirement reception for police chief Dave Severson. The chief said in his final days as chief he tried to keep the focus on the community, make sure everyone was on the same page, and keep the city moving forward. Acting chief, Lieutenant Todd Davis, a 19 year veteran of the force, was asked for his thoughts on the almost six years of service from Severson.

The city has made no official announcement yet about a replacement for Severson. A city special police fund has donated one thousand dollars to the local Citizens Against Domestic Violence to have a brick put in their new building commemorating Severson, who acted as its director during his time as chief.

Operation Safe Way Enters Day Two

Camdenton police will spend the day today targeting aggressive drivers. “Operation Safe Way” enters its second of two days today, with the Camdenton Police Department using specially marked patrol cars to find risky road rage type behavior on the roads. The police will be looking for unsafe changing of lanes, passing on the right, accelerating through yellow lights, failure to use turn signals, improper use of the center turn lane, and rolling stops at stop signs. Summons will be issued along with booklets on aggressive driving and an optional self driving evaluation.

Text Messaging Scam Targets Lake Area Cell Phone Users

Police are warning Lake area residents about a scam text message that is circulating. It appears to be from Legends Bank, and is trying to lure consumers to reply to the text, in an attempt to obtain personal financial information. The message reads: “LEGENDS BANK ALERT: Your CARD has been DEACTIVATED. Please call: 573-202-6414.” People who call the number reach a recording, requesting personal information such as your debit or credit card numbers, and/or corresponding PIN numbers. It is belived the fraudsters obtained a random variety of Lake area cell phone numbers and sent the text message in hopes that some will reply. Based on reports to police, the scam seems to be targeting cell phones numbders with the ’480′ prefix. Osage Beach Police Sgt. Arlyne Page, who says she and her family received the text on their cell phones, warns, do NOT reply to these messages. Instead, contact the Osage Beach Police Department at 573-302-2010.

West Wood Crossing Should be Done for School Start

While the weather’s slowed things up a bit, Camden County officials say replacing a low-water crossing on West Wood Road, outside Camdenton, should be finished before school starts. The project will replace a low-water crossing on a creek that’s repeatedly caused traffic detours on West Wood Road with a three-culvert interconnected bridge. The low-water crossing’s been a pain for county residents who use West Wood Road as a shortcut into the city. Whenever heavy rains forced the roads shutdown, residents west of the crossing have had to backtrack to Ha Ha Tonka State Park and take Route D to U.S. 54 to reach Camdenton.

St. Roberts Public Works Rejects Union

St. Robert public works employees have said thank you, but no thank you to union representation. The city’s public works department employees took a vote at the end of last month ob whether or not they wanted to be represented by Local 2, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2 as the exclusive bargaining agent on their behalf A city spokespersons says 37 employees voted by secret ballot, and 9 said yes 28 said no.

DWI Arrests Down Over 4th of July Holiday

Drunk driving arrests in the Lake area over the Fourth of July weekend were down compared to last year. Over the four-day period from Friday to Monday, the Highway Patrol made 11 DWI arrests in Camden, Miller and Morgan counties. There were 20 over the same weekend a year ago. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office made three DWI arrests and four drug arrests over the holiday weekend.