(Updated August 18, 2017)


LO board votes for tax increase  

LAKE OZARK – City residents may see a slight increase in the Ad Valorem Property tax rate thanks to a vote by the Board of Aldermen last week.

Most will hardly notice a difference since the increase is about one cent.

“There was a slight increase from last year due to additional revenue on property improvements,” City Clerk Kimberly Baker said in her report to the board. “Last year’s rate was at 0.2369, we are requesting 0.2423 for 2017.”

The board held a public hearing on the matter and approved the first reading of the Bill.

(The term ad valorem is derived from the Latin ad valentiam, meaning “to the value.” It is commonly applied to a tax imposed on the value of property).

The city clerk also stated in her letter to the board that tax collections have “pretty much come to a standstill.”

“Delinquents going back to 1999 to present show $15,843.17 due the city. However, $9,636.56 is only two property owners that refuse to pay anything,” Baker said. “One account has the Osage National NID included which is the reason for the high dollar amount.”
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Man arrested for drugs, pipe bomb

CAMDEN COUNTY – A Camdenton man has found himself behind bars after a traffic stop uncovered what police say are illegal drugs and a pipe bomb.

Last Thursday at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) Deputy observed a tan 1998 Nissan Altima fail to stop at an intersection at State Road D and Tunnel Dam Road.

As the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to stop and began traveling at a high rate of speed, striking a mailbox at a residence on D Road, a CCSD spokesman said.

The deputy executed the stop and the driver, Joshua D. Crooks, 31, of Camdenton, was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

While searching the vehicle, the deputy discovered a scale and a white crystalline substance. As the deputy continued his search of the vehicle, he discovered what appeared to the deputy to be an explosive device.

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Missouri set for prime viewing of Aug. 21 solar eclipse

JEFFERSON CITY – For the first time in 148 years (Aug. 7, 1869) a total solar eclipse will come to Missouri. The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of our state.

On Aug. 21, citizens across Missouri will have the chance to see this rare celestial event – a total solar eclipse - though people in the Lake of the Ozarks area will still see something but may have to travel a bit since they are just south of the total eclipse line.

The moon will block the sun’s light and cause a total solar eclipse to be visible across 300 miles of Missouri. The state is estimating that more than a million visitors will come to the Show-Me State to witness the event.

Lake area residents should make plans early to determine where they will view the eclipse, where they will stay and how best to avoid the extra traffic congestion.

“We anticipate large crowds with possible heavy congestion on the interstates and major highways the weekend leading up to the event, during the event, and the day after,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. “If you are traveling for the event, leave early, stay put as long as possible and plan to stay after the end of the eclipse to avoid the peak traffic.”

Missouri will be one of 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina to experience the path of totality.

Approximately 200 million people will be within a day’s drive of the path.

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Thefts lead to four arrested

MORGAN COUNTY – Four people have landed in jail after reports of stealing came in to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD).

In a press release issued last week, the MCSD explained the incident that led to the arrests.

On August 3, at approximately 9:33 a.m., the Jiffy Stop gas station located at 1002 Highway O in Laurie, reported an alleged theft of two cartons of Marlboro cigarettes by the occupants of a yellow Dodge truck with a black stripe on the back.

At approximately 9:40 a.m., the Lake Oasis gas station located at 114 North Main Street in the city of Laurie reported an alleged theft of approximately $50 in gas by the occupants of a yellow Dodge truck.

At approximately 10:35 a.m., a resident of the 1500 block of Highway O reported the theft of a Jet Ski and trailer by the occupants of a yellow Dodge truck.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., the Jet Ski and trailer were located on Highway 135 in Morgan County.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. the yellow Dodge truck was located on Deer Ridge Road off of Highway 135 in Morgan County by law enforcement officers.

The occupants of the yellow Dodge truck were taken into custody and the pursuant investigation led to the following charges:

Chance Lueker, 32, of Cleveland, Missouri, was charged with the Class D Felony of Stealing a Watercraft, the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class D Misdemeanor of Stealing-Less Than $150 Value. His bond was set at $175,000

Clint Walker, 36, also of Cleveland, Missouri, was charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class D Felony of Stealing a Watercraft. His bond was set at $35,000. A motion to reduce the bond for Walker was approved by the judge last week.

Amanda Riley, 39, of Raytown, Missouri, was charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $15,000.

Christina Matthews, 39 also of Cleveland, Missouri, was charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $10,000.

OBPD hosts fundraiser

OSAGE BEACH - The Osage Beach Police Department will host its first Mall Tolls fundraiser on Saturday, August 19 from 12:00 – 6 p.m.

Officers, athletes, and volunteers will ask for donations, or “mall tolls”, to raise money and spread awareness for Special Olympics.

They will also have ‘Drive It Home’ raffle tickets for a 2017 Honda Pilot where eight finalists will be chosen; one will win an SUV, seven will win $500 as well as “We Back Our Blue” vinyl car decals for sale.

Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted.

The fundraiser will be held at the entrance of the Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace, located at 4540 Osage Beach Parkway.

All proceeds benefit the nearly 40,000 athletes of Special Olympics Missouri.

For more information, contact Dililexie Morley at 573-302-2010 ext. 308.

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