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 June 17, 2015)

 

Smith charged with murder

By Jeff Thompson
   CAMDEN COUNTY - The arrest last week of a 52-year-old Camdenton man for the alleged murder of a person officially missing since 2007, came after years of on-and-off investigation into the case.
   David W. Smith was arrested June 9 and charged with First Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action in the apparent shooting death of Shawn E. Spencer in April of 2006.
   The charges stem from a probable cause statement filed by Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) Detective Stacy R. Eden on June 8.
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Woman arrested in Jacob’s Cave stabbing

   MORGAN COUNTY - A Fulton woman has found herself behind bars after being arrested for alleging stabbing a man at Jacob’s Cave.
   On Sunday, June 7, deputies for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department were called to Jacobs Cave, located at 23114 Highway TT Versailles, in reference to an alleged stabbing of a male subject.
   Upon arrival, deputies found the victim, David Glen Emht, 60, of Cuba, MO.
   “He had moderate injuries to the left side of the head and neck area. The male victim was treated on scene and then transported to an area hospital,” a spokesman said.
   Deputies spoke with several witnesses who identified a subject who had allegedly stabbed the victim.
   The suspect, Nicole Racheale Hill, 34, of Fulton, MO, was taken into custody and has been charged with Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action with a bond of $100,000 dollars.
   Police have not released any further details as the investigation is still continuing.

‘Suspicious’ fire destroys Greenview building

   CAMDEN COUNTY – A Greenview business is a total loss after a suspicious fire tore through the structure last week.
   On June 7, the Mid County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a report of a structure fire near the Highway 5 and 7 junction.
   Responding units could see a large smoke column from several miles away. First arriving units found a single story structure that housed a residence and a used tire business fully involved.
   Units also found several burning vehicles, numerous burning tires and a burning fuel tank. Firefighters made an attack on the fire using several hose lines and were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes.

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Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen actions Tuesday June 9

   LAKE OZARK - In other business at the June 9 Board of Aldermen meeting:
   * Mike Shepherd - a member of the Lake Race Committee - was effusive in his appreciation for the city’s assistance during the recent 2015 Lake Race boat event held recently on the Bagnell Dam Strip.
   “The racers and families were ecstatic with the hospitality,” Shepherd said.
   He included the Police Department and Public Works Department in his praise for their assistance with traffic control and parking, specifically mentioning Police Chief Gary Launderville.
   Shepherd stated that a large number of traffic volunteers had bowed out at the last minute.
 

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Luber: In his own words

(Editor’s note: Since Second District Commissioner Cliff Luber has had several allegations leveled against him in the past few weeks; it is only fitting that he responds to the accusations. Those wishing to hear the entire audio from this news story source can find the link to the internet address at the end of the article. It should be noted by the reader that all of the accusations are Luber’s side of the story ONLY. The Reporter welcomes responses from any of the people that Luber has made accusations against in the following article).

By Jeff Thompson
   CAMDEN COUNTY - Second District Commissioner Cliff Luber has come under fire recently from a number of sources, including Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty and comments posted on various social media outlets.
   Although he briefly responded to some of the allegations in a short letter to other media besides The Reporter, Luber spent last Friday morning on so-called Internet “radio” (lakeoftheozarksradio.com) firing back at his opponents.
   (The lakeoftheozarksradio.com is an internet “radio station” that is only available on a computer or cell phone. It does not broadcast on any AM or FM radio frequency like a real radio station).
   Luber regularly hosts a half-hour “radio” program Friday mornings online; his co-host on June 12 was Dave Raaf, a managing partner at the Internet-based LOTO Radio.

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Duties of administrative positions slowly moves forward
By Jeff Thompson
   LAKE OZARK - A plan to begin defining the duties of administrative positions within the city government was approved by the Board of Aldermen last week but not without a debate on issues that - according to the city administrator - was frustrating.
   The administrative operations action plan created by City Administrator Dave Van Dee examines the evolving duties of the city clerk, city collector, court administrator, receptionist and city treasurer.
   The plan has been available to the aldermen for a number of weeks and Van Dee had asked the board for permission to move ahead with the project.
   “The expectation of this body is managers manage,” Van Dee said to the board. “I would like to get moving on it and stop flying by the seat of our pants.”
   However, Alderman Judith Neels had some concerns.
   Neels said there were “some discrepancies” in the recommended list of responsibilities for each position. She said she would like City Attorney Christopher Rohrer (who was not present at the June 9 meeting) to review the administrative plan and made a motion to postpone its approval; Alderman Patricia Thompson seconded the motion.
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Motorist assist turns in drug bust

   CAMDEN COUNTY – A Grandview woman has been arrested after authorities responded to a motorist assist.
   In the early morning hours of June 8, deputies from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to assist a stranded motorist on Eagle Drive in Four Seasons.
   The CCSO had received the call from the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District in regards to a car parked on the side of Eagle Drive in Four Seasons.
   Medical personnel arrived and discovered Krista M Clement, 24, of Grandview, inside the vehicle.
   Clement was examined by medical personnel and then arrested by Camden County deputies after they discovered narcotics and paraphernalia.
   She was transported and booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and charged with one count of Driving While Intoxicated - Drugs (Misdemeanor), one count of Possession of Marijuana (Misdemeanor), one count of Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor) and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony).
   Clement was given a cash only bond of $1,000.

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