A 50-year old Camdenton man is dead after the minivan he is driving goes off the road and crashes into a tree in Camden County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened yesterday evening on Bear Paw Road just east of Highway 5. John Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, 48-year old Amber Rogers of Sunrise Beach was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. The Highway Patrol says no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.
A Morgan County pastor makes a court appearance on charges related to sex crimes that allegedly happened several years ago. 42-year old Travis Smith was in a Moniteau County courtroom yesterday for a status hearing. He is charged with forcible rape, two counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual abuse related to incidents in 1998 and 1999. Smith is also charged with rape and sodomy related to an incident in 2005. Smith is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stover. He will be back in court on December 4th for a case review.
A Missouri group may soon start a petition drive to get a proposal on the ballot to make it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Missourians for Equality, would like to have the issue on the ballot in 2014. While state law bars racial, religious, age, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination in housing and employment, there’s no such ban for sexual orientation.
Winter weather is right around the corner, and the time to prepare is now. Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service says there might not be time when the first storm is bearing down on us:
The Weather Service is joining forces with state and local officials to promote Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri. Now is the time to stock up on emergency supplies and get a plan in order:
Missourians can prepare for winter by:
· Creating a family emergency plan and an emergency kit with bottled water and food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage. Kits should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, manual can opener and a first-aid kit.
· Securing an alternate fuel source such as firewood or a generator. Make sure your fireplace functions properly. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that your generator functions properly. Only operate generators outdoors.
· Creating a winter car kit in the trunk of the car. This includes a blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy-type food, jumper cables, flares, shovel, sand or shingles to give tires traction.
The National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri’s local emergency managers are joining forces to promote Nov. 14 as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri.
Camden County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery this afternoon at Gidget’s Gadgets, an adult entertainment store on Hwy 5, just north of the Hurricane Deck Bridge in Sunrise Beach. The gunman made off with an undetermined amount of cash and fled on foot. The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, 5’6″-5’7″, 150-175 pounds, wearing dark colored jeans, a camouflage jacket and sunglasses, with a “nicely trimmed” red beard.
Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Much of the work currently taking place will not affect traffic. However occasional lane closures on the bridge are likely, as crews work alongside the bridge.
Route 54 between Business Route 54 and Key Largo Road – Roadside maintenance will take place today thru Friday, November 16. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route MM between Route TT and Route 242 – Roadside maintenance will take place today thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route TT between Route F and the end of state maintenance – Roadside maintenance will take place today thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route 42 between Route 17 and Route 134 – Shoulder widening continues. Periodic lane closures are likely, and motorists are advised to use caution through the area. The project is scheduled for completion in July 2013.
Route 52 bridge over Route 54 – Bridge maintenance will take place tomorrow thru Wednesday, November 21st. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route A between Route 42 and Route PP – Culvert pipe replacement will take place tomorrow thru Wednesday, November 21st. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route MM between Route 54 and Hart Drive – Roadway maintenance will take place tomorrow thru Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route 5 bridge over Soap Creek – Bridge maintenance will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
A 47-year old Sunrise Beach man is dead after a one vehicle accident over the weekend in Camden County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says on Saturday night, a pick up driven by Johnny McAbee was backing up on Sunlight Drive east of Standing Rock when it went off the road. The truck hit two tree stumps and overturned onto its top. McAbee was pronounced dead at the scene. The Highway Patrol says that McAbee was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.