Updated February 14, 2019


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Iberia woman charged with murder of husband

MILLER COUNTY – A woman has been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of her husband last December

On December 11, 2018 a 911 call was received at the Miller County Joint Communications Center reporting a house fire at 9 Janice Drive in Iberia, MO.

Authorities discovered the body of Joshua Murray inside the residence.

The Missouri State Fire Marshall investigators, along with detectives with the Sheriff’s office, determined the fire to be arson that originated inside the master bedroom of the residence. Authorities determined that accelerant was used to start the fire.

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The week of one-vehicle accidents

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Single-vehicle accidents were the norm in the lake area last week and began with a man who was injured on a motorcycle near Stoutland.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) on Sunday February 3 around 1:53 p.m., a 2007 Harley Davidson, driven by Randal Smith, 64, of Lebanon, MO, was northbound on Highway JJ three miles west of Stoutland when the vehicle left the roadway, overturned and ejected Smith.

He was transported by Mercy Lifeline to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. He was wearing a safety device. The motorcycle sustained minor damage.

In other lake area accidents last week:

On Monday February 4, three people were injured in another one-vehicle accident in Miller County.

At 5:00 p.m. on Route 42 east of Rock Quarry Road, a 1998 Ford Taurus, driven by a 17-year-old male, was westbound when the automobile traveled off the right side of the road, struck the ground and overturned.

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Board approves tower painting

OSAGE BEACH – It’s time to paint the Bluff Road Water Tower and the Board of Aldermen passed the first reading of the bill agreeing to the work last week.

The project will include painting the interior wet and dry and the exterior.

The city requested bids on the project and those bids were opened on January 8 with six companies wanting the job. Those companies and their bids were:

• $668,000 from TMI Coatings, Inc
• $330,000 from SES Infrastructure Services LLC
• $294,520 from Viking Painting, LLC
• $288,400 from Utility Service Co, Inc
• $280,000 from Central Tank Coatings, Inc.
• $251,800 from Maquire Iron, Inc.

“We have done work with Maguire Iron, Inc. in the past but it has been over 5 years,” Nicholas Edelman, Public Works Director said in his report to the board. “We checked references and they came back good.”

This is a budgeted item for fiscal year 2019 and was budgeted at $380,000. The second reading should be held at the next board meeting currently scheduled for February 21.

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Roadwork approved

CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract to repair multiple slides along Missouri Route 5 in Camden County.

Geromini Concrete Paving was awarded the contract to repair the roadside along Route 5 near the Pier 31 Road interchange after submitting the low bid of $812,384.

Work is expected to take place this summer. Prior to the commencement of the project, MoDOT will alert the public about the project through signs, news releases and social media.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org

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