A Lee’s Summit woman accused of killing her father and his girlfriend more than three years ago will be in Camden County court on Monday asking for a new judge and for the case to be moved to a different county. 45-year old Susan Van Note is charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of forgery in the death of William Van Note and Sharon Dickson. They were found shot and stabbed inside William’s home in Sunrise Beach in October of 2010. Dickson died at the scene but William was taken to a Columbia hospital where he died a few days later. Prosecutors allege that Susan forged a document that took him off of life support. She remains free on bond.
A Gravois Mills woman accused of killing a man nine years ago will be in a Camden County courtroom on Monday asking for a new judge in her cases. 37-year old Clara Rector of Gravois Mills is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Tommy Hope in 2004. She is also facing an aggravated stalking charge in an unrelated case. Rector was arrested in April for allegedly stalking her pastor and while in custody she confessed to killing Hope. The probable cause statement says Rector stabbed Hope to death over drugs. She was a person of interest in the case in 2004 but authorities did not have enough evidence to charge her. Rector is scheduled to go on trial in both cases in March.
At high noon on Saturday, the first section of the Old Hurricane Deck Bridge was brought down. The demolition had been scheduled for Thursday, but was pushed back because of winter weather. One of the engineers involved in the demolition says it will take about one to two weeks for crews to fish the one million pounds of steel out of the lake.
The old Hurricane Deck Bridge, spanning the Lake of the Ozarks near Sunrise Beach is eight spans long. Three spans are concrete girders and five spans are steel truss girders. Only the steel truss spans will be removed by blasting. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the next demolition blast of another 700 feet of the old bridge will happen in two weeks.
Story courtesy of Janet Dabbs
Camdenton High School Class of 2014 Project Graduation will be holding a fund raiser on December 14th, 2013 from 8am-11am. Project Graduation has become a safe alternative for our Graduating Seniors to celebrate this milestone in their lives. This night provides transportation to and from an off campus venue and offers activities for all graduating seniors. This evening has help eliminate many tragic accidents resulting in injuries and deaths of our graduates across the country by offering a safe drug and alcohol free environment.
A Belle man was charged late Saturday after Maries County deputies found a suspected meth lab in his home. Keith Lansford, 50, was arrested during a search warrant on Highway 28 outside Belle early Saturday. deputies found methamphetamines, a suspected meth lab, guns and ammunition inside the home. Lansford was charged hours later with attempt to manufacture a controlled substance. He was being held Saturday night on $100,000 bond.
Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District officials continued the process of narrowing down candidates for a new assistant chief Wednesday with an assessment center set up at the administration building to evaluate three candidates selected from a pool of more than 20. The job candidates participated in three exercises while outside evaluators from Columbia, Jefferson City and Joplin fire departments reviewed their work in scenarios that covered command of a fire scene, communicating with the community and personnel management. Their performances were judged on a one to five scale on command presence, decisiveness, oral communications, problem analysis and stress tolerance.
Ameren Missouri crews continue working around the clock to restore power to customers in southeast Missouri affected by the recent winter storm. Due to the nature of this dynamic storm, outage numbers are fluctuating. Outages in some areas are reoccurring only hours after they were restored. These are caused by a phenomenon known in the industry as “galloping lines,” the result of ice and high winds that cause power lines to sway and even bounce up and down. “This dynamic storm poses unique challenges to our crews,” said Michael Moehn, senior vice president, Customer Operations for Ameren Missouri. “Sometimes our workers return to the same lines they’d repaired only hours before because these high winds have knocked out power again. Most customers have not experienced more than four hours without power. We remain committed to making sure our customers have the safe and reliable power they expect from us, so we’ll stay on the job until the lines are secure.”