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Updated August 30, 2023

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Former county deputy under investigation

CAMDEN COUNTY – A former deputy is under investigation for allegedly uploading child pornography, according to a press release from Sheriff Tony Helms.

According to Helms, the suspect was still a deputy when the investigation began in June with the Sheriff learning it was a Deputy Sheriff in July. Helms fired the deputy last week (August 22).

One of the comments on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page named who they thought the suspect was.

Whether that name is true or not, The Reporter will not name anyone until they are officially charged. Being “suspected” of a crime or even being under investigation does not mean you are guilty or will ever be charged.

The entire letter that was released last week from Sheriff Helms is below.

August Letter from Sheriff Helms
August 23, 2023

Fellow Citizens of Camden County,

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Sunrise Beach woman dies when boat hits breakwater

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Sunrise Beach woman is dead after a boat hit a breakwater last Saturday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) at 7:42 p.m. at the 24 Mile Marker of the Main Channel, a 2008 32 foot Crownline boat, driven by Bobby Childers, 60, of Sunrise Beach, MO, was traveling north “operating too close to a dock” when it struck a large wake and hit the breakwater.

A passenger in the boat, Nicolette McKenna, 44, of Sunrise Beach, MO, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:48 p.m. by Camden County Medical Examiner Crystal Lloyd.

Childers received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO.

Two more occupants, Connor Wilkie, 21, of Kansas City, MO, and Curtis Wilkie, 49, also of Kansas City, MO, suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

The boat was totaled in the crash. None of those on board were wearing a life jacket.

At 9:11 p.m., Bobby Childers was charged with Boating While Intoxicated – Death of Another and Careless and Imprudent Operation.

He was released for medical treatment.

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Osage Beach seeks comments on design guidelines regarding Storm Water and Drainage

OSAGE BEACH - City Code changes to Design Guidelines and Design Standards regarding Storm Water and Drainage are being proposed by the city and are available to the public for review and comment.

Changes will be presented to the Osage Beach Planning Commission ahead of the Board of Aldermen’s consideration.

Upcoming meeting agendas and scheduled public hearing information regarding the proposed changes will be available on their website ( as meeting agendas are finalized and completed.

The proposed changes are accessible at

Public comments will be accepted through Friday, September 29, 2023.

Comments may be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk by email, mail, or in-person drop off.
Email –

Mail or Drop-off – Osage Beach City Hall, Attn: City Clerk, 1000 City Parkway, Osage Beach, MO 65065.

Two people die in two separate road accidents

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Two people were killed in two separate accidents last week in the lake area.

The first one was a motorcycle accident that left a Camdenton man dead.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Thursday at 10:55 p.m., Dennis Harmon, 48, of Camdenton, MO, was riding a 2017 Harley Davidson east on Highway 54 just east of Route A in Camden County, when the motorcycle went off the left side of the road and hit the median cable barrier, ejection Harmon.

He was pronounced dead at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO at 11:21 p.m. He was not wearing a helmet.

Last Saturday a Columbia man died in a two vehicle accident.

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