(Updated January 17, 2018)


Election year equals campaign money

(Editor’s note: The Reporter does not recognize anyone as an “official” candidate until they actually file for office, which can’t take place until February 27. This article is being published because the individuals have declared themselves a candidate or is currently in office and is raising money for their campaign.)

CAMDEN COUNTY – It’s time once again when an election year will bring solicitations for money to assist a candidate for public office. As of press time there were only two reports filed to the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC).

County Auditor
Michael Dorf has notified the MEC (through his financial report) that he is running for the office of County Auditor.

The full name of his official committee is also a campaign promise: “Dorf To Protect Your Tax Dollars.”

During the period of November 13 through December 31, 2017, Dorf brought in a total of $6,048.57.

$5,048.57 of the amount was a loan that Dorf made to his campaign during that period.

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Attorney wants Tettlebaum depo

CAMDEN COUNTY – A judge’s order to deny taking a deposition of former Camden County Commissioner’s attorney Harvey Tettlebaum has met with opposition from Rowland Todd’s attorney Jerry Kirksey.

County Clerk Rowland Todd filed suit as an individual (not as County Clerk) against the three commissioners (Greg Hasty, Beverly Thomas and Don Williams, also as individuals) in March of last year.

Todd is claiming the commissioners violated his First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech because he spoke out against what he felt was the county wasting money in the hiring of a new HR Administrator and also claims that Hasty publicly called him a thief in that he “stole records” from the Human Resource Department.

Early in December of last year, Kirksey filed a request to the court to take depositions of former attorneys for the three commissioners.

Kirksey sought depositions from Mark Milton, Matthew Schelp, Ryan Harding and Harvey Tettlebaum.
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Familiar name hired as commissioners attorney

CAMDEN COUNTY – Three new attorneys have come on board representing the county commissioners and one of the names may be familiar to some lake area residents.

Last week (January 9) documents were filed in federal court of the three new attorneys, all from the firm of Pleban & Petruska Law LLC, out of St. Louis.

Those three are Steven R Kratky, Jonathan C. Pleban and C. John Pleban. Those familiar with Camden County lawsuits will remember the name “Pleban” from a past court case.

In August of 2006, Commissioners Carolyn Loraine, Beverly Thomas and Thom Gumm launched a pair of suits against the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG), Howard Green Company and Jerry Gilmore (individually and as an agent of Howard Green).

A second suit filed was against Jim Dickerson, former Executive Director of LOCLG, along with seven other individuals.

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Water and cold weather can be deadly

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, urges everyone to be especially careful and aware around the state’s many bodies of water during the cold weather months.

Water Safety
Cold shock occurs when the body is suddenly immersed in cold water. Once the trunk of the body goes under, the blood vessels will constrict in order to conserve core body heat. This will quickly limit the use of a person's extremities.

Likewise, these conditions may cause a sudden increase in heart rate and blood pressure - in some cases resulting in cardiac arrest.

Cold shock also can cause involuntary gasping reflex. When the body hits the water, cold shock can cause the overboard boater to gasp for air, but inhale water which causes the boater to drown.

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