Police completed the autopsy of a body of that was found in southern Moniteau County. As we reported to you earlier, they believe it was a male around the age of 30 years old. However, final autopsy results failed to reveal how he died. Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Hunter says they are continuing to investigate the case and may have some leads they are going to pursue at this time. A hunter discovered the body early this week while scouting for deer.
The coordinator of the D.N.R.’s “our Missouri water initiative” will be speaking at the upcoming meeting of the Lake of the Ozarks watershed alliance. Jennifer Hoggatt will be discussing the benefits of the program which looks at the region’s entire watershed in order to help protect and improve the water quality of the rivers and streams in the area. LOWA will be meeting this Monday at the Lodge of Four Seasons beginning at 6:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public.
When students head back to school next week in the Camdenton school district, they will see a number of familiar faces including Officer Chris Williams with the Camdenton Police Department. Williams is the district’s school resource officer and he explains exactly what that job entails.
Officer Williams says he’s looking forward to the start of the new school year and to seeing all the students. Classes in the Camdenton school district start on Tuesday, August 19th
Efforts to reduce the number of drownings at the Lake of the Ozarks are now underway. The American Red Cross has launched a new campaign both locally and nationally to reduce drownings and promote safe swimming. For the past 100 years the organization has been educating people about the basic swimming skills that could save their life. A recent study conducted by the Red Cross shows that 80 percent of Americans believe they can swim, but only 56 percent can perform all five of the basic safety skills. Every day, an average of ten people died in the U.S. from drowning. So far this year, a total of 24 people have drowned in Missouri. Information on water safety can be found at http://redcross.org
The Highway Patrol’s Troop “F” is looking to reduce the number of highway fatalities through a special campaign that is being held this month in Camden County. According to Sergeant Paul Reinsch the patrol will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint and/or saturation as part of “the drive to zero highway deaths” campaign. The patrol will be partnering with area law enforcement agencies to conduct the operation which aims to reduce fatalities by combating impaired driving and also promoting the wearing of seatbelts and the proper use of car seats. In 2013, there were 757 fatalities on Missouri highways and 438 so far this year.
The man who was involved in a wreck that took the life of a Camdenton teenager has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Court documents show that Dennis Leporin plead guilty to 5 charges of second degree murder, second degree assault along with 2 misdemeanors and a felony D.W.I. Leporin was apparently driving the wrong way on highway 54 near Jefferson City when he crashed head on into 19 year old Chelsea Fredrickson’s car, killing her and injuring her passenger Jasper Richmond. Leporin was driving with a revoked license for previous D.W.I. offenses.
One of the options for phase two of the Sunrise Beach sewer project is now off the table. In a closed meeting this week, the Board of Trustees voted not to purchase a sewer plant in the route TT area due to legal issues surrounding it. However, the Board has been exploring other ideas. Four options have been submitted in a preliminary engineering report that would all cost around $4 million dollars and would extend service along the highway 5 corridor in both the central and northern sections of the community. As the board continues to work toward finalizing the plans for phase two, the deadline for phase one is quickly approaching and is now less than a month away.