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Updated November 23, 2023

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Climax Springs woman charged with murder

OSAGE BEACH – A warrant was issued last Thursday for a Climax Springs woman who has been charged with Second Degree Murder.

On Monday November 13, an Osage Beach Police officer filed a Probable Cause Statement (PSC) alleging that Clarissa Donna Mae Escoffier knowingly sold drugs that were causing overdoses and resulted in a death.

According the PSC, the officer explained the situation (certain information was redacted by the officer for the public):

“On 08-26-23, Osage Beach Police were called to ___ in the City of Osage Beach, County of Camden, State of Missouri, for an overdose. The victim, ___, was pronounced dead on scene.

“The initial investigation showed signs of a Fentanyl overdose and one person present was acting suspiciously. The person was later identified as Clarissa Escoffier and further investigation revealed she was in possession of pills and Escoffier performed furtive actions in attempt to discard the pills and was detained. A post Miranda interview of Escoffier and consent search of her phone showed that Escoffier was selling pills which she thought were ‘Percocet’ pills, but she obtained said pills from a street level dealer. Escoffier knew the pills were causing overdoses in her communications with said dealer, whom she owed money for the pills. Escoffier admitted to selling a pill to ___ the night of ___’s death.

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Structure Fire damages garage, car

CAMDEN COUNTY – A garage and car suffered extensive damage in a fire last week that was determined to be accidental.

Last Wednesday (November 15) at 3:32 p.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a reported smoke investigation in the area of Blue Haven Beach Road on Old Route 5 just north of Camdenton.

Once units were en route, the fire was confirmed to be a structure fire at 200 Chimney Rock Road in Camdenton.

The first arriving units at 3:45 p.m. reported a working fire in a garage with an adjacent car on fire. Units on scene used hand lines to begin an immediate attack on both fires. The fires were brought under control within approximately 20 minutes.

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No injuries reported in apartment fire

OSAGE BEACH – A potential deadly fire was quickly attacked by local fire departments last Friday morning resulting in no injuries.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. Friday morning, the Osage Beach Fire Protection District (OBFPD) responded to a fire at Lake Ozark Village, a single story, 55 plus, 24-unit apartment building.

A common entry/lobby divided the 24 units in half. LOFPD, Mid-County Fire Protection District, Lake Ozark Fire Protection District and Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District provide essential mutual aid on the initial alarm.

A thick column of black smoke could be seen en route and on arrival, crews reported heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure and proceeded to make and interior attack.

Osage Beach Police arrived on the scene moments prior and quickly alerted residents to the danger. All residents were assisted or self-evacuated and no injuries were reported.

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Two arrested for drugs

LAKE OZARK – Two people have been arrested after a search warrant last week on Bagnell Dam Blvd.

According to the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force, on Monday November 13, Lake Ozark Police Officers, Miller County Deputies and members of the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 3290 Bagnell Dam Blvd Unit 23, Lake Ozark.

During the execution of the search warrant, James Wright, Kimberly Berry and a 17-year-old were located in the residence.

Additionally located during this search warrant was more than 36 grams of alleged methamphetamine along with numerous items of suspected drug paraphernalia.

Wright and Berry were taken into custody and were formally charged by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with:

Wright: Deliver Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana Or Synthetic Cannabinoid and Unlawful Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia - Amphetamine Or Methamphetamine, no bond.

Berry: Possession of a Controlled Substance and given a bond of $25,000 bond.

“Outstanding work by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Miller County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Ozark Police Department, and members of the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force seeking dealers of this poison,” a Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force Spokesman said.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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