A member of the Missouri State Supreme Court will be in Camdenton today to give an award to the 26th Judicial Circuit Court. Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer and State Courts Administrator Greg Linhares will present the permanency award to Judges Kenneth Hayden and Stanley Moore along with Chief Juvenile Officer Tammy Walden. The award recognizes circuit courts that hold timely hearings in child abuse and neglect cases where children who were removed from their homes are to be united with their families or placed in another permanent home as soon as possible. This is the eighth time the court has received the award which will be presented during a special ceremony at noon today at the Camden County Justice Center in Camdenton.
A Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy remains in critical condition after collapsing while serving a high risk search warrant Friday in the Eldon area. According to Sheriff Bill Abbot, Deputy Tom McClelland was discovered not breathing and without a pulse. CPR was given by deputies until an ambulance arrived. McClelland was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield where he remains in critical condition.
Several ordinances will be discussed during tonight’s (tuesday) meeting of the Camdenton Board of Alderman. The board will consider authorizing a contract with lake aviation center for lease of property at the airport, as well as an agreement with the Missouri highways and transportation commission for A.D.A. compliant pedestrian facilities. An ordinance amending the agreement for the taxi lane reconstruction project will also be considered along with a contract for the Clint Avenue water line replacement project, and the board will also discuss amending the contract agreement with APAC-Missouri for the 2014 street overlay project. Tonight’s meeting starts at seven o’clock in city hall.
A scheduled execution in Missouri is moving forward despite claims from the inmate’s attorneys that he could suffer during the process due to a rare medical condition. Russell Bucklew is scheduled to be put to death just after midnight tonight (tuesday) for the murder of a southeast Missouri man in 1996. Up to this point, Governor Jay Nixon has indicated that he doesn’t see any reason to halt the execution. Bucklew would be the first inmate to be put to death nationally since a botched execution last month in Oklahoma.
Lake area residents will have a lot to think about when they go the polls later this year. Not only will there be a number of local races to decide in November but also several issues will be on the ballot regarding farms, guns, lottery tickets and taxes to name just a few. During the session that ended last week, state lawmakers voted to place six measures on the ballot for voters to decide. Two additional measures were referred during the 2013 session. This will be the largest number of ballot measures put before Missouri voters since 1998.
A home in Lake Ozark received major damage in a fire over the weekend. The Lake Ozark Fire Department responded to a call on 113 Kays Point Road to find 50% of the rear of the structure in flames. Crews encountered heavy smoke conditions, but was able to put out the blaze. Lake Ozark was assisted by Osage Beach, Rocky Mount, Sunrise Beach, Eldon, Camdenton, and Moreau fire departments. The cause of the fire has been determined accidental.
A Columbia woman is behind bars in Camden County facing multiple charges after an arrest over the weekend. 31 year old Rebecca Williams has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving while suspended, speeding 2o to 25 mph over the limit, possession of drug paraphernalia, and following too close to another vehicle. Williams is currently in the Camden County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.