The busiest year ever. That is the report from Sunrise Beach Police Chief David Slavens to the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees. While the actual number of calls for the year are still being tabulated, there were 151 calls in the month of December alone. Slavens also says that he has been meeting with officials at Hurricane Deck Elementary and Lake West Christian Academy to look over security plans in the wake of the shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
A Stover pastor accused of sex crimes that allegedly happened several years ago gets a continuance in his court cases. Yesterday, 42-year old Travis Smith appeared in Moniteau County court. He is charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy from an incident in January of 2005. Smith is also facing charges of rape, statutory rape and sexual abuse from an incident in March of 1998 and another charge of statutory rape from February of 1999. He will be back in court for another case review on Tuesday, January 29th. Smith is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stover and remains free on bond.
The ballots are set for the April 2nd municipal elections.
In Camdenton, just one candidate — John McNabb — has filed to run for Mayor. Mayor Dennis North isn’t seeking reelection. Incumbent Ward One Alderman Dan Hagedorn and Ward Two Alderman Steve Eden are running again and are unopposed. Third Ward Alderman Sandy Osborn faces two challengers: Rick Kramer and Shari Payne.
In Osage Beach, incumbent aldermen Ron Schmitt, Steve Kahrs are all running for reelection unchallenged. W.W. Bill Stone is challenging 3rd Ward Alderman John Olivarri
In Lake Ozark, Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos and aldermen Todd Painter, Tony Otto and Judy Neels face no opposition in their bids for another term in office.
In Linn Creek, two positions on the Board are open and only one candidate, Virginia Mueller, has filed to run.
In Eldon, Deborah Gore and Douglas Partridge have filed to run for the Ward One alderman seat, Michael Lasson and Mike Edinger will be on the ballot in Ward Two, and Bryon Hull is challenging incumbent Ward Three Alderman Tim King.
A Lake area state lawmaker wants to see a tax imposed on violent video games. Yesterday, Republican House Member Diane Franklin of Camdenton introduced House Bill 157 that would levy an excise tax on sales of all violent video games. The one percent tax would be based on the gross receipts or gross proceeds of each sale. A violent video game would be defined as a video or computer game that has received a rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board of Teen, Mature, or Adult Only. The revenue generated by the tax would be deposited in the state general revenue fund and appropriated solely for the treatment of mental health conditions associated with exposure to violent video games.
A Morgan County pastor facing charges in two separate sex crimes cases is expected to be in court today. A case review is set for 42-year old Travis Smith in Moniteau County court. He is charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy from an alleged incident in January of 2005. He is also facing a charge of forcible rape, statutory rape and sexual abuse from a different incident in March of 1998. Smith is also charged with statutory rape from another incident in February of 1999. Smith is still listed as the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stover. He remains free on bond.
A water main break in Barnett has prompted officials to issue a boil order for the town. Residents are encouraged to bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before drinking or using for cooking. Boil orders typically last at least 24 hours or until water samples come back clean.
A man and woman were arrested after Osage Beach police discovered marijuana and firearms in their vehicle during a traffic stop. 22-year-old Victoria Petrie and 23-year-old Kenyatta Sims, both of Jefferson City, were seen at 3:48 a.m. on Friday night, traveling at a high speed on Highway 54. exiting onto Jeffries Road. An officer approached the vehicle and discovered a bag of marijuana and a handgun sitting in the front seat as Petrie exited the vehicle. A search revealed fully loaded magazines, loose .40 caliber rounds, marijuana prepackaged to sell and a bag of pills believed to be Valium. Petrie was charged with Possession of Marijuana w/Intent to Distribute and Unlawful use of Drug Paraphernalia and Sims was charged with Possession of Marijuana w/Intent to Distribute, Possession of Controlled Substance Marijuana, and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia.