Osage Beach Man Accused of Defrauding Joplin Tornado Victims

An Osage Beach man has been indicted on fraud charges in connection with last year’s killer tornado in Joplin. Jeffrey Wolson of Osage Beach is accused of of felony theft, unlawful merchandising practices, insurance fraud and acting as an unlicensed insurance adjusters. Wolson and his partner are accused of taking $38,000 from tornado victims through their Lebanon-based company called Insurexx LLC. They allegedly accepted insurance checks from three Joplin homeowners to repair tornado damage but never did the work.

Two Arrested in Sunrise Beach Drug Raid

Marijuana, mushrooms, hash and heroin … just some of the drugs seized in a raid on a home in Sunrise Beach by Camden County Sheriff’s deputies and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group. A man and a woman were arrested and a three-year-old child was removed from the home. 27-year-old Zackary Parker and 28-year-old Carri Spader face multiple felony drug charges and are also charged with child endangerment. Officers also seized six firearms and a stl;en four wheeler during Tuesday’s raid on the residence in the 100 block of Kansas City Way.

List of Graduation Cites and Times for the Weekend

Here is a list of the up and Comming Graduation Ceremonies for the Lake Area. A few have Already happened such as Eldon, Macks Creek and Climax Springs graduated over the past weekend.

School of the Osage
Graduation ceremonies will be held in the high school football stadium, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 or in the high school gym in case of rain. A PTSA hosted Project Graduation celebration will be held following the ceremony for all 113 seniors.

Miller County R-III (Tuscumbia)
Graduation ceremonies will be held Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. in the high school gym. No school-sponsored graduation party is planned.

Camdenton R-III
Graduation ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. at the Bob Shore football stadium, or in high school gym in case of rain. Following the ceremony 330 seniors will board buses to travel to the Project Graduation celebration in Ozark, Mo.

Morgan County RII (Versailles)
Graduation ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p. m. in the Audrey J. Walton Sports Complex followed by a Project Graduation celebration for the 101 seniors.

Man Hurt in Accident on Old Rt. 5

Accident yesterday on Old 5 at Alum Springs Rd. The incident was due to a driver who failed to negotiate a turn and traveled off of the left side of the roadway. That driver then ran off of the side of the road and overcorrected and came to rest on its top. The driver of that vehicle Margaret Markes was wearing a safety device and was not hurt, but her passenger Robert Redden was taken by ambulance to lake regional hospital to be treated for moderate injuries.

Senate Candidate John Brunner Visits the Lake Area

Senate Candidate John Brunner visited two places in the Lake area yesterday.  The St. Louis businessman is now in a tight race for the nomination to be the Republican candidate for the U.S.  Senate against former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in the upcoming primary.   Brunner made his first of 2 stops in Camdenton to take part in a trap shooting event, where he  also took time to listen to and talk with a few Missouri constituents. Brunner also made a campaign stop in Eldon and toured the area. He visited different places and spoke to residents in the area about local issues.  Brunner says that it is his experience in private industry that sets him apart from other candidates. He says political experience is dangerous and gets people re elected but is part of the problem.  The winner of the Republican primary will run against Democrat incumbant Senator Claire McCaskill in the November election.

Gravois Mills looks to Meter Sewer and Water

The Village of Gravois Mills board of trustees is proposing a new ordinance that would require all of the villages sewer and water services be metered. This would without a doubt ensure fair rates for all residents basede upon usuage. As of right now all of the residents pay Gravois Arm Sewer District (GASD) as they operate and control wastewater treatment in town. There is no public drinking water system at this time. With the current situation as it stands the Sewer District bases its rates and rate structure on average levels prescribed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with how much money is needed to pay back debt and operate.

Camdenton Joins Local Task Force to Hold Compliance Checks

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen approved a resolution approving a Multi Jurisdictional Team for alcohol compliance checks at the board of Aldermen meeting. In the past, the Missouri Division of Liquor Control, MDLC, conducted compliance checks to ensure vendors were following set guidelines, including the sale of alcohol to minors. Due to the financial cuts the MDLC has had to make they are no longer able to conduct compliance checks in local businesses like they once we able to. The board also approved a resolution for a Mutual Assistance Agreement between the City of Camdenton Police Department and the Osage Beach Police Department, and the Lake Ozark Police Department. This joint task force will ensure the local business’ are not serving alcohol to underage patrons.