The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.

(Updated December 17, 2014)

 

One dead in head-on collision

By Jeff Thompson
   LINN CREEK - A head-on collision last Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 10) on Highway 54 took the life of an Eldon woman.
   According to Linn Creek Police Sgt. Matt Burns, a 1996 Ford Thunderbird driven by 36-year-old Victoria Jeffries was traveling eastbound on Highway 54 at approximately 3:25 p.m. when the vehicle crossed over the grass median.
   The Ford Thunderbird struck a Chevy one-ton pickup head-on that was driven by Bradley Smith, 33, of Camdenton, Burns said.
   Both Jeffries and Smith were transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach where Jeffries later died of her injuries, according to Burns.

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Hunters tip leads to arrest

   CAMDEN COUNTY – An Edwards man has been arrested on drug charges thanks to a tip from hunters.
   Camden County authorities received a call from citizens hunting in the Z road area of the county, claiming to have located what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab in the woods.
   The Camden County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) located a complete working lab in the area described by the hunters, according to a sheriff’s department press release.
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Lake Ozark budget will top $9.3 million for 2015

By Jeff Thompson
   LAKE OZARK - The proposed 2015 city budget - approved by the Board of Aldermen last Tuesday night - projects revenues of approximately $.9.7 million with expenditures set at $9.3 million.
   City Administrator Dave Van Dee stated the budget reflects the city’s continued progress towards its improved financial performance and responsibilities.
   Van Dee noted that the city’s reserves continue to grow for all of its operational funds including general, capital improvements, transportation, water, sewer, TIFs and NIDs.
   Although the budget does not include everything that was requested by the department managers, Van Dee stated the Budget Committee members will have quarterly meetings to review the city’s financial progress.
   Requests that were not filled at the beginning of the budget year will be re-examined by committee members.
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Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen actions Tuesday Dec. 9

    LAKE OZARK - In other business at the Dec. 9 Board of Aldermen meeting:
* A draft document regarding a possible taxi cab ordinance prepared by City Attorney Roger Gibbons has been sent to taxi cab representatives that attended the Nov. 25 board meeting.
   According to City Administrator Dave Van Dee, the draft ordinance was sent to get feedback from the taxi cab companies.
   “This will allow the companies adequate time to consider the document and I have asked that they provide their response in writing …,” Van Dee said in a report to the board.
   He added that the board would make a final decision on the matter soon “but that we would appreciate their input on the matter.”
   The taxi cab companies appeared before the board at its last meeting urging the city to put into place some form of regulation. 
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Woman, child found dead

   MORGAN COUNTY – The bodies of a woman and a child were found dead at the scene of a fire in Barnet last week.
   On Friday, Dec. 12, at approximately 6:45 a.m., Morgan County Communications received a report of a structure fire at 21606 Hwy 52 in Barnett, MO.
   Once the fire department arrived at the location they attempted to contain the fire, which was located in one of the upstairs apartments.
   While fighting the fire, firefighters discovered the body of a child inside the apartment.
   The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was then notified and responded to the scene. A short time later, another body, that of an adult female, was also discovered inside the residence.
   Deputies notified the Missouri State Fire Marshals Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for assistance with the investigation.
   The investigation into the cause of death of the two people and the origins of the fire are under investigation.

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Chase, dog lead to arrest

   OSAGE BEACH – A man is in custody after a police chase for alleged felony stealing and outstanding warrants last week.
   On Dec. 12, at about 5:30 a.m., city police pursued a 2000 green Dodge pickup with a camper shell that had been involved with stealing from Purcell Tires the night before, according to police.
   The vehicle was last seen in the area of Jeffries Road and was later found abandoned in the city.
   Police issued a bulletin for help locating the registered owner of the vehicle, Barry T. Allenbrand, 52.
   “He has with him a brindle colored pit bull or boxer puppy. The subject has multiple warrants out of the State of Kansas with a nationwide extradition,” the bulletin said.
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Audit follow-up leads to arrest

By Jeff Thompson
   MORGAN COUNTY - A follow-up to the county’s state audit findings - issued in April 2014 - helped reveal $18,000 missing from the sheriff department’s evidence cash safe which resulted in an arrest.
   A warrant for the arrest of Tami A. Davis was issued on Nov. 7; she was charged with felony theft/stealing less than $25,000 dating back to May of 2013 and running through this year.
   A case review is set for Jan. 22, 2015.
   According to the State Auditor’s Office (SAO), the missing money was discovered two months ago and the investigation remains ongoing.
   “Further investigation by the Sheriff's office in October 2014 revealed approximately $18,000 in bond receipts missing from the office and some disbursements of receipts had not been remitted to the County Treasurer,” the SAO stated. “The clerk primarily responsible for bonds was terminated on October 15, 2014, and has since been charged with theft related to the missing bond monies.”
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Dock owners advised to prepare for winter conditions

    LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Ameren Missouri advises dock owners to stay abreast of Lake of the Ozarks and Osage River water level fluctuations as winter approaches. Property owners are encouraged to take appropriate measures to protect their docks from lower water levels, ice and other winter conditions that routinely occur at this time of year. Dock owners can call 573-365-9205 to hear Ameren Missouri’s daily report on Lake of the Ozarks water levels. Hourly information about Lake water levels is available at http://www.ameren.com/missouri/lake-of-the-ozarks by clicking on the “Lake Level & Operations” link in the right-hand column.
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