Suspect Leads Camden County Deputies on Car Chase

A suspect is in custody after leading Camden County deputies on a chase thru the Greenview area early this morning.
The pursuit ended only after a spike strip was deployed on Highway 7. The driver then tried to flee on foot, but was chased down, apprehended, and is now being held in the Camden County jail awaiting filing of formal charges.

Trial Date Set For Osage Beach Police Officer

The trial of an Osage Beach police officer who is accused of molesting an underage babysitter more than 20 years ago  is set. The trial is slated to begin in Morgan County in September.  Richard Calvino, of Camdenton,  faces a list of charges that range from felony charges of first degree sexual abuse and sodomy to first degree deviate sexual assault. He is also charged with first degree sexual assault with a child age 14 or 15 and second degree deviate sexual assault with a victim age 16.  Calvino’s trial is scheduled to begin September 17th  before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Hayden. Calvino was arrested and charged in the Camden County court system in mid 2011. The case was moved to Morgan County last November after his attorney requested a change of venue.

Fire Departments See Unprecedented Demand for Dock Inspections

Fire departments around the Lake continue to get flooded with calls from concerned homeowners requesting dock inspections. Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly says it’s never been this busy:

Reilly says most of the the 25-30,000 docks on the Lake have never been inspected:

The unprecedented demand for dock inspections comes as a result of the three electrocution deaths over the 4th of July holiday.

Camdenton PD Goes After Aggressive Drivers

Operation Safe Way is underway in Camdenton. The Camdenton Police Department is targeting aggressive drivers during the two-day operation … looking for unsafe lane-changers, rolling stops and other unsafe and illegal habits. Officers are patrolling in specially-marked cars, writing tickets and passing out booklets on the dangers of aggressive driving. This is the 15th year of the Operation Safe Way program in Camdenton.

USDA Designates All 114 Missouri Counties Primary Natural Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated all 114 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas, following a request by Governor Nixon. The disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans. Touring the state today, to survey damage from the drought, the governor says “This designation can help livestock and crop farmers across the state who are suffering great losses because of the heat and lack of rain.”

McCaskill’s Disclose Act Fails

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill yesterday voted to pass the DISCLOSE Act legislation to strengthen transparency in U.S. elections, One of the ways to do that was by requiring secretive organizations spending huge sums on campaigns to disclose their donations and amounts to a particular candidate. The legislation, which needed 60 votes to advance, was cosponsored by McCaskill. The Law would have required corporations, unions and other organizations that make political expenditures to disclose their donors. It would also require campaigns to disclose the recipient of transfers made by third party groups in order to prevent the use of organizations who wish to hide donor identities. The legislation is a response to the Supreme Court decision in the case Citizens United v. FEC that struck down large parts of campaign finance law.

Fire on Shawnee Bend

There was a fire over the weekend at a home on Shawnee Bend. The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District was called out to Shawnee Oaks Drive 530 on Saturday night according to a press release by Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly and there was smoke showing through the windows at the single family home upon arrival of the first unit on scene. The response was aided buy members of the Lake Ozark, Osage Beach and Mid County fire protection districts. Firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the room of origin preventing the damage from damaging any other property in the home. The investigation is still being finalized, but the fire looks to be accidental.