Fire Marshal Named Interim Chief in SBFPD

The fire marshal is the new interim chief in the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District. Effective October 1st, Bobby Northcott will take the post of interim chief, stepping in as current chief John Suellentrop reitres effective September 30th. The fire district took applications for the chief post until August 15th. The next step is to announce five or six finalists for the position by January 2nd of 2012.

New Missouri Laws Take Effect Today

New Missouri laws are officially on the books as of midnight last night. Some dog breeding facility operators in the state will now pay $2,500 per year for a license and facilities can now have more than 50 dogs for puppy sales, a modification to the state’s Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Missouri’s conceal carry age for firearms is now 21, down from 23 years of age. It is also now a class D felony to purchase a fraudulent firearm. The state’s corporate franchise tax is now capped at 2010 levels and will be phased out over the next five years. And synthetic drugs like K-2 and bath salts now carry the same penalties for purchase, possession, and sales as their street drug equivalents.

Road Work for the Week

Here’s a look at the road work for the week in Camden County. On the western portion of the 54 Expressway, the final grading and asphalt work for the 54 westbound lanes near Jeffries Road will begin this week, expect delays as 54 is reduced to one lane periodically. The 54 Expressway should be complete in late 2011. On Route O between Route 54 and the end of state maintenance and on Route N between Route 54 and the end of state maintenance, one lane will be open Wednesday and Thursday for a partial surface overlay in both areas. And the Route W bridge over Macks Creek remains closed through mid-September.

Looking at the road work in Miller County, on the Route 242 construction, a bypass will open this week for drivers on Fish Haven Road as MoDOT ties 242 and Fish Haven together. A bypass is also being used on Route MM near the community bridge, expect delays in the area. 242 construction should wrap up late winter of 2011. Also in miller county on Route 42 between Route 54 and Route 63 in Maries County, one lane will be open as crews resume roadway resurfacing this Thursday.

Checking the road work in Morgan County, on Route D between Route 50 and Route 52, one lane will be open Monday through Friday for roadway resurfacing. On Tuesday, Route E between Route C and Westview School Road will have one lane open for a partial surface overlay. Today and tomorrow a partial surface overlay will close down one lane of Route JJ between Route 135 and Route D. And on Route WW between Route T and the end of state maintenance, one lane will be closed Thursday for a partial surface overlay.

State Attorney General Will Prosecute Williams Case

A Camdenton man facing five felony charges including kidnapping, domestic assault, and felonious restraint will be prosecuted by the state Attorney General. 47-year-old John P. Williams is next scheduled to appear in court September 19th. He was arrested last month after an incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman’s head and threatened to kill her. Williams was a candidate in 2008 for the Camden County Commission.

Patrol Hopes for a Safe Shootout Weekend

Boaters near Captain Ron’s at the 34.5 MM for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout this weekend will be asked to keep their wakes in check.

Captain Matt Walz of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division says the idea this weekend is to be safe.

Shootout coverage starts at 9 on Saturday on KRMS, 935 ROCKS. and on Charter Cable channel nine.

Isla del Sol Up for Discussion Next Week

There will be two meetings next week to talk about the causeway proposed for the Isla del Sol. The property on the island at the end of Lake Road W-12 will the topic at a meeting at 4:30 Wednesday the 31st at the Willmore Lodge. That meeting will be put on by the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance and representatives from Ameren, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have been invited to attend. On Thursday morning at 10 o’clock the Miller County Commission will meet at the courthouse to hold four public hearings on the Isla del Sol. All meetings are open to the public.

Man Fined for Polluting Niangua River

A Laclede County man is facing fines and cleanup costs after he pollutes the Niangua River. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit against George “Chet” Horman of Laclede County for violations of the state’s Hazardous Waste Management law. Horman allegedly started a bonfire on a gravel bar on the river using waste paint and solvents in an attempt to dispose of the material. The state department of natural resources spent $8,000 for cleanup. Koster is asking Horman to pay for the cleanup as well as a $10,000 civil penalty.