Another fire has claimed the life of several children. It happened in Lebanon Wednesday morning. A mobile home on Ivey Lane went up in flames around 9am. Five kids were killed – all between the ages of six months and five years old. An adult female in the home was taken to a hospital in Springfield. The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of that fire. It’s not known if the mobile home had any working smoke detectors.
An investigation into drug activity in Miller County has led to five arrests. According to Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire, an investigation involving his office and the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force led to a traffic stop Monday. Officers searched the vehicle and the driver, identified as Stefanie Cavanaugh, finding what they believe to be heroin. Later that night they served a search warrant at a home in Eldon and located more suspected heroin along with methamphetamine.
Stefanie Cavanaugh and Lenita Ginger are charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Edgar Walters, Jeffery Moad, and Kathryn Wilson are charged with possession of a controlled substance. Wilson is also facing a charge for possession of paraphernalia.
Pictured above L-R – Wilson, Walters, Ginger, Moad, Cavanaugh
A popular lake area attraction is receiving more national recognition. The luxury and lifestyle magazine Conde’ Nast Traveler has named Ha Ha Tonka State Park as the most beautiful location in Missouri. The magazine listed the park as the number one must-see destination in the state.
Another edition of Lake Race is in the books. With the exception of one accident involving a boat during the competition, Osage Beach Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer says the event went relatively smoothly.
Now the region turns its focus to the CanAm Games. The international competition begins later this month. The opening ceremonies are slated for June 25th at the Ozarks Amphitheater.
First responders from over 20 states and six countries will be competing in Olympics-style games through July 1st.
The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen will begin a discussion this week on a proposed prescription drug monitoring program for the city. A draft ordinance authorizing participation in the St. Louis County-based program is on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. No action is expected to be taken and the agenda lists the draft as being for discussion purposes only. It’s estimated that participating in the program will cost the city just under $700 a year. Thursday’s meeting begins at 6pm in Osage Beach City Hall.
An apartment fire in Versailles remains under investigation. The blaze broke out early Saturday morning on Memorial Day weekend. It happened in apartments located above the building that houses the license bureau. Chief Duane Miller says the apartment area was unoccupied at the time and was undergoing renovations. At this time the fire is considered accidental pending completion of the investigation.
The man accused of killing two people and injuring at least one more during a shooting spree at a Miller County RV park will be arraigned in circuit court later this month. Gary Sweet is accused of killing two people after they kicked him out of the River View RV Park and Campground. He was in court this week for a preliminary case review. His arraignment is scheduled for June 26th at 9am.