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 September 25, 2014)


Cuba man faces assault charges

    OSAGE BEACH - A 55-year-old Cuba man faces charges after allegedly tackling a police officer and placing him in a choke hold.
    According to the Osage Beach Police Department, officers were called to the scene of a disturbance at a condominium complex on Bridgepoint Drive on Sept. 14 at approximately 9:25 p.m.
    The initial caller advised that a male subject was standing outside of one of the units screaming and threatening to kick the door in.
    “When the first officer arrived, he witnessed a female standing near a pickup truck with a male subject - later identified as Jeffrey L. Turnbough, 55, from Cuba, Mo. - screaming and pacing back and forth in front of the woman in an aggressive manner,” the OBPD stated.

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Airshow preparations: work, practice and more work

By Jeff Thompson
    CAMDENTON - Before the roar of engines filled the air, before the excitement of acrobatic flights brought cries of joy and screams of disbelief from thousands of visitors, before the vendor booths were manned and displays placed for viewing, before a father put his child up on his shoulders to get a better view of a plane taking off …
    Before all that occurred at the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Air Show held Saturday at Camdenton Memorial Airport, Friday afternoon saw a much more subtle focus of activity.
    That afternoon revealed some of the behind-the-scenes, last-minute efforts that go into creating such a large and popular event.
    The practice flights in particular allowed pilots to acquaint themselves and their airplanes to the specific characteristics of an airport and are as essential to the event as ample supplies of aviation fuel.
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Body found floating in lake

    CAMDEN COUNTY - The investigation continues into the apparent drowning of a 55-year-old Kaiser man found floating in the Big Niangua Arm near the 11-mile marker on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
    According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol - Water Division (MWP), the body of David O. Martin was discovered by a nearby resident who notified law enforcement officials.
    An autopsy was scheduled to be performed later that day to determine the exact cause of death and the MHP’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Camden County Sheriff's Office are conducting the investigation as a possible homicide.
    “The investigation is ongoing and no additional details are available at this time,” the MWP stated, although the MWP also reported that the victim had been released to Hedges Scott Funeral Home.

City agrees to electronic sign use

By Jeff Thompson
    OSAGE BEACH - A request from the organizers of the upcoming “Passport to the Parkway” event to use the city’s electronic signs was met with conditional approval by the Board of Alderman.
    Public Works Director Nick Edelman informed the aldermen of the request at the board’s regular meeting last week.
    “We’re starting to get these requests,” Edelman said, “especially for the Passport to the Parkway (event).”
    Passport to the Parkway will be held on the west end of Osage Beach Parkway Oct. 1-11.
    Edelman pointed out that the city hasn’t allowed the use of the electronic billboards for private events up to this point and his staff was “uncomfortable with (deciding) which events can be accepted or declined” without guidance from the aldermen.
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Legislature ruling hits LO gun ban

By Jeff Thompson
    LAKE OZARK - The Missouri Legislature’s recent override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656 has left the city’s ban on open weapons carry in new - but not unexpected - territory.
    Nixon vetoed SB 656 on July 14, but the legislature voted to override that veto on Sept. 10 during a special two-day session.
    According to a summary of the bill itself by the Missouri Senate, “(t)his act provides that the open carrying of a firearm may not be prohibited by a political subdivision for any person with a valid concealed carry endorsement or permit in his or her possession who presents such endorsement or permit upon the demand of a law enforcement officer.
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Mercy explains delay in Linn Creek patient response

By Dale Johnson
    CAMDEN COUNTY – Mercy Ambulance explained to the Camden County Ambulance District board last week as to why there was a delay in getting to a patient in Linn Creek.
    The ambulance district contracts out the medical services to Mercy.
    On August 26 a call came in from a cell phone of a patient in need of an ambulance in the Linn Creek area. Mercy’s response was delayed in getting to the patient even though an ambulance station is located at Y road and Highway 54, several minutes away.
    A spokesman from Mercy explained why the delay occurred, blaming it on three problems that converged at the same time.
    • Radio system failure: The spokesman said that a radio failure, due to an intermittent problem with the system because of a storm, was partly to blame.
• Call dropped: The 911 call came in from a cell phone and somehow the call got dropped, forcing the caller to dial 911 again, according to the spokesman.
• Multiple calls: Two calls had come in almost back-to-back, adding to the problem, the spokesman said.
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Osage Beach praises Citizen Advisory Committee

By Jeff Thompson
    OSAGE BEACH - City officials have nothing but praise for the recommendations presented by the Citizen Advisory Committee to stimulate business interest on the west end of Osage Beach Parkway.
    The Board of Aldermen was united in its admiration for the efforts of the committee at its regular meeting last Thursday night.
    A six-page letter presented to the board detailed the committee’s suggestions - both short-term and long-term - and included:
* Commission videos and commercials to promote the area;
* Make extensive use of social media including Facebook, Twitter and You Tube;
* Hire a full- or part-time economic developer;
* Widen Nichols Road;
* Beautification efforts for the entire parkway;

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OB Board of Aldermen actions Thursday Sept. 18

    OSAGE BEACH - In other business at the Sept. 18 Board of Aldermen meeting:
* A contract modification with Travis Hodge Hauling for repairs to two lift stations was approved by the board.
    According to Public Works Director Nick Edelman, the existing anchor bolts will not match the new guide rail assemblies for Lift Station 49-2.
    “This bid item is to direct the contractor to install new anchor bolts in the correction orientation,” Edelman said in a report to the board. “This work is necessary to utilize the new guide rail assemblies and have an operational pump station.”
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