(Updated November 16, 2017)

Man charged with double murder at campground

LAKE OZARK – A Rolla man has been arrested and charged with a double murder that took place last week at a Lake Ozark campground.

According to a press release by Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Winfrey, the suspect, Gary L. Sweet, 58, of Rolla, Missouri, is responsible for the killings.

“Sweet is charged with First Degree Murder for ‘knowingly causing the death’ of two Lake Ozark residents with ‘deliberation’ by shooting them with a gun,” Winfrey stated.

The Prosecutor also said that in addition to the murder charges, Sweet is also charged with First Degree Assault for “attempting to kill or cause serious physical injury” to two other Lake Ozark residents by shooting them or shooting at them with a gun.

The offenses allegedly took place on Woodriver Road last Wednesday (November 7)

At a press conference last Thursday, Lake Ozark Police Chief Gary Launderville briefed the press on the situation, though many details are being left out for now because it is an ongoing investigation.

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Interchange coming for 54 & W?

LAKE OZARK – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16 to discuss the building of a diamond interchange at the intersection of U.S. Route 54 and Miller County Route W in Lake Ozark.

A diamond interchange is a common type of road junction, used where a major highway crosses a minor road.

The proposed project is scheduled to take place in 2019.

The public meeting will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Heritage Elementary School, 1501 School Road in Lake Ozark.

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Two Richland men arrested for theft from vehicles

CAMDEN COUNTY – Two Richland men have landed behind bars after a disturbance call led to theft charges.

On October 4 at 2:39 a.m., a deputy from the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) responded to a disturbance at a residence on Lake Park.

According to the CCSD, an owner of a vehicle discovered that a subject, Austin Tabor, 20, of Richland, had unlawfully entered the home owner’s vehicle and was stealing property found inside it.

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Motorists reminded to Move Over for emergencies

JEFFERSON CITY – Every minute of every day emergency responders across Missouri work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents.
Across the country every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding.

The Federal Highway Administration has declared this week (Nov. 13-19, 2017) as the second annual national Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to move over for any vehicle with flashing lights on the highway. It’s the law.

MoDOT’s emergency response crews work to keep our state’s transportation system moving every day. In an average month, MoDOT emergency crews respond to 5,000 traffic incidents.

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