A Buffalo man has filed a lawsuit against Bennett Springs State Park after a tree hits him while fishing. According to reports, Francis Koliwaske is asking for monetary damages of a “Fair and reasonable sum” due to the pain and suffering he received following a dead branch hitting him in 2013 while he was fishing in the stream. Reports show that he may have been knocked unconscious for a short time. The lawsuit seeks the damages against both the park and the Missouri Department of Natural resources, who operate and maintain the park itself.
An area woman is facing charges of felony stealing after an employer of a gas station discovers money missing during her shift. According to reports, the owner of Jones truck plaza had reported to police last month about the issue with his employee, 26 year old Ashley Neff. Sources say he had discovered that inventory as well as drawer money was coming up short and it was during her shift that it occurred. Neff eventually admitted to police that she had taken around $1,700 during two different shifts.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the locations where they plan to hold boat registration verifications and inspections for area residents and vacationers at the Lake of the Ozarks. According to captain Michael Turner, There will be 4 different locations throughout the year. The verification station on May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd and August 7th will be located at Public Beach # 2 at the Lake of the Ozark’s state park. Additionally there will be a verification location at the Camden County Courthouse on May 15th and August 21st along with the Laurie Police department on June 19th and the Eldon police department on July 27th. Turner reminds citizens that Missouri Law requires all motorized vessels over 12 ft to have proper licenses and registered tags with the state before operating the vessel.
Don’t forget! It’s Daylight Savings Time again and clocks move forward one hour this Sunday morning at 2AM. Before you hit the hay make sure to adjust your non-automatic clocks to the correct time. Firefighters across the Lake area also remind residents to replace their batteries in the smoke detectors across their home when you change your clocks as it helps keep the batteries fresh and your home safe.
A Richland man has been arrested on felony drug charges. According to reports, John Vodicka who was already on probation and had failed to report to his probation officer was arrested after police searched his home and found marijuana, a bag of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two guns. Vodicka has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
A Fort Leonard Wood woman who is facing charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy has been granted a change of venue and will now go on trial in Camden County. 26 year old Natalie Kristen Westefeld was arrested by police in July of 2014 after being caught having sex with a 15 year old boy in the parking lot of the Lebanon high school. Westefeld has pled not guilty to the charges during a hearing in January. The request to move her trial to Camden County was granted this week however, a new trial date has not yet been scheduled.
Following last months click it or ticket campaign; the Osage Beach police department is now gearing up for a new mobilization event this month. The department will join other law enforcement agencies statewide in cracking down on seatbelt violators in an effort to reduce serious crash related injuries and highway fatalities. Police will especially be on the look out for teenagers not buckling up as statistics show that only 67 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts, and eight out of ten young people killed in traffic accidents are unbuckled. The youth seat belt enforcement mobilization is being held March 15th thru the 31st.