Police are warning Lake area residents about a scam text message that is circulating. It appears to be from Legends Bank, and is trying to lure consumers to reply to the text, in an attempt to obtain personal financial information. The message reads: “LEGENDS BANK ALERT: Your CARD has been DEACTIVATED. Please call: 573-202-6414.” People who call the number reach a recording, requesting personal information such as your debit or credit card numbers, and/or corresponding PIN numbers. It is belived the fraudsters obtained a random variety of Lake area cell phone numbers and sent the text message in hopes that some will reply. Based on reports to police, the scam seems to be targeting cell phones numbders with the ’480′ prefix. Osage Beach Police Sgt. Arlyne Page, who says she and her family received the text on their cell phones, warns, do NOT reply to these messages. Instead, contact the Osage Beach Police Department at 573-302-2010.
While the weather’s slowed things up a bit, Camden County officials say replacing a low-water crossing on West Wood Road, outside Camdenton, should be finished before school starts. The project will replace a low-water crossing on a creek that’s repeatedly caused traffic detours on West Wood Road with a three-culvert interconnected bridge. The low-water crossing’s been a pain for county residents who use West Wood Road as a shortcut into the city. Whenever heavy rains forced the roads shutdown, residents west of the crossing have had to backtrack to Ha Ha Tonka State Park and take Route D to U.S. 54 to reach Camdenton.
St. Robert public works employees have said thank you, but no thank you to union representation. The city’s public works department employees took a vote at the end of last month ob whether or not they wanted to be represented by Local 2, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2 as the exclusive bargaining agent on their behalf A city spokespersons says 37 employees voted by secret ballot, and 9 said yes 28 said no.
A Laurie man wins big in the Missouri Lottery — Dennis Kasselman uncovered the top prize on a “5 Times Bingo” scratcher and has collected $55,558. Kasselman purchased the winning ticket at Jiffy Stop on Highway O in Gravois Mills.
Drunk driving arrests in the Lake area over the Fourth of July weekend were down compared to last year. Over the four-day period from Friday to Monday, the Highway Patrol made 11 DWI arrests in Camden, Miller and Morgan counties. There were 20 over the same weekend a year ago. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office made three DWI arrests and four drug arrests over the holiday weekend.
An early-morning accident in Miller County Tuesday has a Dixon man in trouble with the law. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 19-year-old Tyler Lucas was driving too fast for conditions when he lost control going into a turn at Adler Springs Road at Route TT, crashing into a tree. Lucas is now facing D-W-I, careless and imprudent driving, and being a minor visibly intoxicated.
Osage Beach officials host a retirement party today for Police Chief David Severson, who announced his retirement last Thursday – effective immediately – citing health reasons. Severson came to Osage Beach seven years ago, after taking early retirement from the Anaheim, California police department. He has served as Chief of Police since August, 2005. The city is throwing a retirement reception for Chief Severson, hosted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, this afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome.