(Updated July 19, 2017)



Bus accident sends 14 children to hospital

CAMDEN COUNTY – Fourteen children were injured in a bus accident last week off of Route AA. The bus was traveling from Oklahoma to Windermere Baptist Conference Center.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) a 2017 IC bus, driven by Elizabeth Boevers, 56, of Tulsa Oklahoma, was northbound on Route AA 480 ft south of Osborne Pass last Monday (July 10) around 4:45 p.m. when the bus failed to negotiate a curve and overturned.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) it was initially reported that the bus was occupied by over 30 children and that there were multiple injuries. The CCSD said that there were actually 40 people with 39 of them being children.

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‘National Night Out’ Aug. 1 in Osage Beach

OSAGE BEACH – On Tuesday, August 1, citizens of Osage Beach and surrounding areas are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “34th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the city of Osage Beach Police Department, Target Corporation and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 101, will involve over 16,500 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

In all, over 38.5 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night out against Crime”.

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Woman killed in crash

MILLER COUNTY – A Marshall, MO woman has been killed in an accident last weekend on Highway 54 at Route W.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) a 2004 Chevy Impala, driven by Donald Talbott, 50, also of Marshall, MO, was westbound on Highway 54 around 7:45 p.m. when he turned into the path of a 2005 Cadillac Escalade, driven by Bobby Albertson, 71, of Eldon, MO.

A passenger in the Impala, Grace Helgenberger, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a safety device, the MSHP stated.

Talbott suffered serious injuries and was flown to University hospital by Staff for Life. According to the MSHP, he was not wearing a safety device.

Talbott was charged with:
1.) Felony Driving while Intoxicated Involving the Death of Another
2.) Failure to Yield
3.) No Seat Belt.

He was released to University Hospital.

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BWI sobriety checkpoint to be held next month

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Water Patrol Division will be conducting a Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) checkpoint sometime in August.

The MSHP said that according to the most recent 2016 U.S. Coast Guard recreational boating crash statistics, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating crashes.

Boaters who come across a checkpoint on the water may be stopped. Officers will keep the contact brief with the operator and perform a basic safety check of the boat’s equipment.

“If the officer suspects the operator to be under the influence of intoxicants and/or drugs, they will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. All efforts will be made to keep the process as brief as possible,” a spokesman said. “The Missouri State Highway Patrol appreciates the public’s cooperation.”

“Operating a boat while impaired is just as dangerous - and just as illegal - as driving a car while impaired,” stated Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City. “To ensure the safety for all people on the water, boaters should designate a sober operator for their vessel anytime their plans include alcohol.”

No other details were released as to the day or location where the checkpoint will be held, just “sometime in August.”

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