Accident: Mo 5 and Bear Paw Rd

Four people were taken to Lake Regional Hospital yesterday morning after an accident on Missouri 5 at Bear Paw Road in Camden County. According to the Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Amber Johnson of Gravois Mills could not come to a complete stop and hit from behind the car in front of her. This driver of the other car was 48-year-old John Yamker of Dixon. In the car with Amber Johnson was Johnson’s 7-year-old son, and 39-year-old Justin Young of Linn Creek. They were both hurt as well although there was no reported serious injuries.

Family of Victims in Miller County Triple-Fatality Crash Files Lawsuit

The mother of one of the victims of the February 28th car crash that killed three members of an Eldon family is suing the other driver. Marty Wilcox, his wife Elisa and the couple’s three-year-old son all died in the head-on collision on Highway 52 near Tuscumbia. The only survivor in the family’s car was the couple’s two-day-old baby boy, Gabriel. Wilcox’s mother, Mary Robinson of Holts Summit, is suing 19-year-old Emily Frakes of Eldon. The lawsuit claims Frakes had been cited for speeding just days before and was careless and negligent. Frakes was seriously injured in the accident and was just released from the hospital on April 6th.

Manslaughter Trial Underway in Camdenton

Trial is underway in Camdenton for a Laclede County man, charged with helping cause his son’s death. 18-year-old Aaron Johnson, died in a hospital in 2006 after authorities found the mentally disabled boy covered in bruises and sores. Robert Shrout is accused of neglecting Johnson’s medical and personal needs by failing to get him proper medical care. He’s being tried for mansalughter in Camden County court.

Got Drugs?

Local law enforcement agencies will be teaming up with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration next weekend for the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day … an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely get rid of expired or unwanted prescription medications. Collection sites in the Lake area include the Osage Beach Police Department, where Sgt, Arlyne Page explains it’s an opportuinity to dispose of the drugs safely and properly:

Tossing them in the trash can allow drugs to get into the wrong hands; flushing them down the toilet can allow them to pollute the groundwater:

Other collection sites in the Lake area will include the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in Camdenton, and City Hall in Laurie. The DEA says three previous Take-Back days resulted in nearly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs turned in nationwide.

Weekly Roadwork 4/23

Well its Monday and that means it is time to take a look at some road work that will affect residents in the Tri- County area this week.

Route 54 at the Route 5 Interchange in Camdenton – Sidewalk construction and ramp widening is underway.

Route 54 between Route 5 and Key Largo Road – Roadside maintenance will take place Wednesday, April 25 through Thursday, May 3. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route E between Route 7 and Route A – Culvert pipe replacement in various locations will take place Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Miller County
Daylight Hours
Route 52 between Route 54 and the Maries County line – Roadway maintenance will take place Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, May 3. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route Z between Route W and Route Y – Culvert pipe replacement in various locations will take place Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Morgan County
Daylight Hours
Route 135 between Route 50 and Route 52 – Roadway resurfacing continues. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic through the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in late May.

Local School Lowers Carbon Footprint

In school students are taught many different ways to conserve and recycle. In the spirit of Earth Day and this month long attempt to help control our own carbon footprint public schools and government agencies try to set in motion ways to help. Locally, the Camdenton R-III School district has saved nearly a quarter of a million dollars or $744,000 savings through a 33% reduction in energy use over 17 months. Since Camdenton R-III Schools began the program, energy consumption has been reduced by 23,264 MMBTUs according to a press release. To put into perspective 4960 tons of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere which equate to a total of eliminating 890 passenger cars or the replacing of, planting or renewal of 126,862 trees

Overturned Vehicle in Miller County last Night

20year old Terry Robinson of Barnett mo was seriously injured yesterday when his vehicle ran off of the road and overturned down an embankment. The incident occurred on 54 just west of mo 52 at around 645 last night. Robinson was the passenger of the vehicle and was not wearing a safety device. He was airlifted to University Hospital last evening. The driver Warren Wood of Gravois Mills was not injured in the accident and was not wearing a safety Device. The driver was also not insured.