After all the traffic the Shootout will brought this weekend, roadwork will resume in Camden County starting on Monday. The following roadways will have one lane open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area as maintenance work continues. Route H between route 7 and route BB, route T between route 7 and route N, route O between route 54 and the end of state maintenance, and finally route W between route 54 and the end of state maintenance. MODOT reminds drivers to use caution in work areas and to keep a look out for workers.
An early run on Saturday at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout at Captain Ron’s left two drivers in serious condition after their boat flipped while going 179 miles per hour. The incident occurred during the 10 am hour of racing when 47 year old Joel Begin and 44 year old Michael Fiore were making their first run in a brand new 2015 42 foot Outer Limits Catamaran. The boat reached up to 179 miles per hour before becoming airborne just past the finish line and flipping over twice before landing bow first and coming to a rest end-over-end on the water. Begin was transported by Lake West Ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital and Fiore was transported by Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
On Friday afternoon the Mid County Fire Protection District was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Larch Lane off of state Route EE in the Greenview area. Mid County responded with three engines and three tankers and we were assisted on the scene by an engine from Sunrise Beach Fire District. First units made a quick attack on the fire and were able to bring the incident under control within 15 minutes. The fire was contained to the apartment of origin with the adjoining apartment receiving minor smoke and water damage. The apartment where the fire originated suffered significant fire and smoke damage. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental, starting in wiring in a wall in the living room. There were no injuries as a result of the fire but the Red Cross was called to assist the residents of the damaged apartment with their immediate needs.
A man who was recently arrested in Laclede County for illegally killing a black bear has now allegedly set his sights on people. 22 year old Jimmy Don Slavens has been arrested for felony assault and armed criminal action after allegedly shooting a man in the leg during an argument. Slavens is being held in the Laclede County jail. Bond has been denied.
One man is dead following an ATV accident Thursday near California, Missouri. According to the Highway Patrol, 72 year old Raymond Varner of Jamestown made a right hand turn on Highway 87 and collided with a car driven by Amy Miller of Russellville. Varner was thrown from the four wheeler and pronounced dead at the scene.
The airport in Osage Beach has a new manager. Ty Dinsdale has been promoted to the position replacing Budd Hyde who is relocating to New York with his family. Dinsdale began working with the city as an airport technician in 2009 at both the Lee C. Fine Memorial and Grand Glaize airports. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and is an instrument rated private pilot with 16 years of flying experience.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri will head up a Senate hearing regarding the militarization of police departments following the recent events in Ferguson. The hearing will focus on programs that enable police departments to acquire military equipment. Ferguson and St. Louis County police have been criticized for responding to protests wearing desert camouflage and holding military grade weapons.