It’s that time of the year again. Kids are heading back to school across the Lake Area and the Osage Beach Police Department is teaming up with local school districts to remind motorists of the safety precautions involved with school buses and bus stops. Since the Lake’s topography is quite unique, there are several areas where buses will stop to pick up kids that may be difficult for motorists to see before it’s too late. Sergeant Arlyne Page says motorists need to pay attention and also remember that on any roadway less than four lanes drivers in both directions must stop as the bus loads and unloads students. If the highway contains four or more lanes, vehicles traveling in the opposite direction don’t have to stop.
A new report is out showing that more than 13,000 jobs were added in Missouri during the month of July. Figures from the Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, the same as the previous month, but down slightly from its 2014 peak of 6.7 percent in March. While employment gains were widespread, some of the larger gains were in manufacturing while the leisure and hospitality industry saw declines.
Lawmakers return to the State Capital next month for the upcoming veto session in which they will attempt to override some of Governor Nixon’s decisions. Nixon vetoed more than 30 bills but a series of tax breaks are believed to be the most contested. Republicans now have a supermajority in the house following the August 5th primary giving them more than the two-thirds majority required for vetoes. They already have that majority in the senate. The veto session starts on September 10th.
The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees approved drafting an ordinance to increase water rates following a second public hearing that was held Monday night. The base residential rate will increase from $39 per 5 thousand gallons to $45 per 4 thousand gallons. The base commercial rate will go up from $39 per one thousand gallons to $45 per two thousand gallons. During the public comment portion of the hearing a number of concerns were raised by both residential and commercial customers including the belief that low income renters and single moms will not be able to afford the proposed increase. Some also believe there should be some type of compensation for businesses due to the economic downturn. The board will vote on the proposed increase at its next meeting which is scheduled for September 8th at city hall.
A Camden County man will spend 20 years in prison for the forced sex trafficking of two women. 36 year old Joshua Smith pled guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of sex trafficking and one count of attempted sex trafficking. Smith admitted to using force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to get two women to engage in prostitution back in 2010 and 2011. A sentencing hearing will follow a pre-sentence investigation, but Smith has agreed to serve 20 years without parole and pay restitution.
A Camden County man is in big trouble after escaping from the back of a police car over the weekend. According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to the 3500 block of business park road in Linn Creek Saturday afternoon searching for Michael J. Smith who had warrants for felony domestic assault. As they approached the home, the suspect fled and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. However, while deputies spoke with witnesses, Smith was able to slip out of his handcuffs, roll down the window and escape into the woods. He was taken back into custody later that night after being found in a garage. He is facing numerous charges including escape from custody, resisting arrest, burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Bond has been set at $250 thousand dollars.
Additional information has been released by law enforcement regarding a dead body that was found in Southern Moniteau County over the weekend. An autopsy Tuesday revealed the remains were likely that of a 30 year old male. The cause of death is still under investigation. The decomposed body was found in an unspecified location Saturday night by a hunter scouting for deer.