Laurie Vandalism Reported

Police in Laurie say there has been a reash of property damage recently. Officers tell KRMS news the damage has been mainly
on Highway O between Hwy 5 and the Westlake Movie Theater and it has happened in the past two weeks. The most recent event was last Monday or early Tuesday.

Police say individuals have destroyed several mail boxes, including one from the Westlake Senior Center. They also have destroyed Missouri Department of Transportation road signs and on several occasions they have put the road signs in the middle of Highway O. Laurie Police Chief Shane Edwards believes the same individuals are responsible for property damages along Highway 5 on the north side town.

The police have increased patrols in the area, have some leads, and hope to catch the individuals who are responsible. Edwards is asking that you report any suspicious vehicles or persons to the department at 374-4871. YOu can also place an anonymous tip on the city website at http://www.cityoflaurie.com

Camdenton Man Dies in Saturday Crash

Missouri state troopers say a Camdenton man died early this morning when his car ran off the road and into a guardrail. James Berger was 26. He was not wearing a seat belt, and troopers say he was thrown fromt he vehicle. An online report indicates Berger was northbound on Missouri 5 just south of Lake Road 5-67 when the crash occurred, just after 1:30 this morning. He died at the scene.

Osage Beach Murder Arrest

Blood samples found in a car and positive DNA profile matches led to a first degree murder charge against an Osage Beach man in the October 2010 stabbing death of Adrianna Hyten. 23-year old Gregory George’s was arrested April 6th for the murder. He wasn’t hard to track down, he’d been held at the Miller County Sheriff on unrelated charges. He’s currently behind bars in the Camden County Jail. The Osage Beach Department of Public Safety says George is also charged with armed criminal action. George is a registered sex offender and is listed on the MSHP website.

Overloaded Boat Cause of Niangua River Deaths

The Missouri Water Patrol says a January accident that killed 4 members of one family, was probably caused by an overloaded boat. According to KSPR, 68-year-old David Dixon, 62-year-old Doyle Cowin, 43-year-old Hubert Highfill and 11-year-old Jesse Highfill, all of Fair Grove, were on the Niangua River January 28 celebrating Jesse’s birthday with a fishing trip. The boy, his father, his grandfather and his great uncle all died when their boat capsized in the cold water. The Water Patrol says in addition to passengers, the boat was also carrying a generator, a marine battery, a trolling motor and other gear.

Sex Offender Charged in Osage Beach

A 66-year-old Moniteau County resident and registered sex offender, has been arrested by Moniteau County Sheriff’s deputies for the attempted enticement of a child. Lakenewsonline.com reports Camden County Prosecutor’s brought the charges after the sheriff’s office says the 66 year old approached a 14 year old boy in an Osage Beach Wal-Mart Super Center in February. The sheriff’s office claims the man approached the boy and started a conversation with him that led to questions of a personal and sexual nature. The boy got away from him and alerted his grandfather who contacted Osage Beach Police.

Small Business Exports

A new campaign led by the Commerce Department and the Small Business Administration’s out to help small firms tap faster-growing economies, including emerging markets like China. Small firms are at the heart of the effort, since they create 66% of new jobs in an economic recovery. Executives at Osagian Canoes of Lebanon, have taken the leap, thanks to a workshop at the Commerce Department. Osagian’s opened a small factory in Denmark, and exports are on pace to make up 15% of sales this year. NewsFactor.com reports the Commerce Department and the SBA, along with the Export-Import Bank, are making a big push to help small and midsize firms dramatically increase exports. The effort is part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, launched early last year, to double U.S. exports in five years and create 2 million jobs.