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Updated February 14, 2024

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Rest of missing man’s remains recovered

CAMDEN COUNTY – The Camden County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) says it has recovered the rest of Donnie Erwin’s remains from a pond off of Old South 5.

Erwin had been missing from Camden County since December of 2013.

On Saturday afternoon December 16, 2023 a CCSO detective received a phone call from a property owner in Southern Camden County. The property owner described having been contacted by a freelance videographer and drone pilot, James Hinkle, owner/operator of Sounds Like Videos.

Hinkle informed the property owner he was searching the area of Southern Camden County regarding the missing person case.

Hinkle said he thought he had located a vehicle submerged in a small pond on private property while flying his drone earlier in the week. He arranged with the property owner to search the area on foot and by kayak and found a light-colored submerged passenger car in the pond.

Hinkle has been interested in the Erwin missing person case for many years and operates the YouTube channel, Echo Divers.

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Camden County Sheriff's Office says drugs, gun, body armor found in stop

CAMDEN COUNTY – A traffic stop ended in the arrest of two people but police say more than drugs were found in their vehicle.

Last week the Camden County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) released information on an arrest that took place on Saturday, February 3.

At 2:47 a.m. that day, a Camden County sheriff’s deputy from the County Wide Patrol District conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near South State Highway 5 and Mount Horeb Road. According to the Probable Cause Statement (PCS) the vehicle was stopped due to the license plate not being illuminated.

The deputy identified the driver by his state issued non-driver identification as Joseph P. Riggs, 45, of Springfield.

While speaking with Riggs the deputy confirmed he had multiple active warrants and placed him into custody.

The deputy then identified the passenger of the vehicle as Yuriy V Lyashuk, 26, from Half Way, MO, and allegedly observed multiple items of drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle.

Lyashuk was also placed into custody.

The PCS stated the deputy found the following items in the vehicle:

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Fire district wants sales tax

LAKE OZARK – The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District (LOFPD) has voted to place two sales tax initiatives on the April 2024 ballot.

One will ask for a one-half cent sales tax for the fire district and the other will ask for a one-half cent sales tax for the ambulance service.

If the measures pass, then residents may eventually see a decrease in their property taxes.

The wording for both ballot measures is below.

Shall Lake Ozark Fire Protection District impose a sales tax of amount of one-half of one percent to provide revenues for the operation of the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District and the total property tax levy on properties in the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District shall be reduced annually by an amount which reduces property tax revenues by an amount equal to fifty percent of the previous year’s revenue collected from this sales tax?

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Fire burns nine vehicles

OSAGE BEACH – A mobile home and nine vehicles are considered a total loss due to a fire last Wednesday.

At 1:03 p.m. on February 7, Osage Beach Fire Protection District Station 2 was alerted to a vehicle fire near a structure in the area of Hornet Lane and A Road.

While en route, Osage Beach Dispatch received more information and immediately upgraded the alarm to a 1st alarm residential structure fire.

The fire had spread from the vehicle to the structure and was continuing to spread.

Units from the Mid-County Fire Protection District, the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District and the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District were dispatched to assist with the fire.

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Iberia man dies in one-vehicle accident

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – This week’s accident roundup starts with a fatality in Miller County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) on Sunday February 4 at 12:01 a.m., Timothy Perkins, 47, of Iberia, MO, was driving a 2024 GMC Sierra east on Highway TT in Iberia when the vehicle went off the left side of a private driveway, hit a fence and continued on hitting another fence and a tree.

Perkins was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Warren Cooper. He was wearing a seat belt

This is Troop F’s first fatality for February and third for the year.

The next day at 5:51 p.m. a Brumley man was seriously injured in a one-car accident.

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