Updated September 19, 2018


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Sprinklers help stop condo fire

CAMDEN COUNTY – A possible condominium fire was snuffed out early thanks to a sprinkler system and firefighters.

Last Friday at 12:17 p.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a fire and sprinkler alarm sounding at Bella Sera Condominiums at 3168 Twin Rivers Point Road in Greenview.

While firefighters were responding to the fire, 911 Dispatch received another call indicating there was smoke coming from a second-floor balcony.

Firefighters arrived to find a fire burning on the second floor inside an exterior balcony wall. The sprinkler system had activated and kept the fire from spreading to the balcony.

Firefighters removed the interior and exterior

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Cole Camp man dead in motorcycle accident

MORGAN COUNTY – A Cole Camp man is dead following a motorcycle accident last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Friday at 8:19 p.m., a 2014 Harley Davidson Softail, driven by Alan Anderson, 61, of Cole Camp, MO, was driving westbound on Highway 52 at Route 135.

Anderson was following a 2013 Harley Davidson Electraglide, driven by Ronald Williams, 62, of Smithton, MO.

According to the MSHP, Williams attempted to make a right turn onto Route 135 when he was struck from behind by Anderson.

Anderson then struck a 2003 Jeep Liberty, driven by Edgar Todd, 46, of Versailles, MO.

Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported in this accident.
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‘Warrant for your arrest’ is a new telephone scam

CAMDEN COUNTY – Thieves are once again using telephone scams to prey on those who are unaware of their tactics.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) is warning people to beware of a scare tactic that has been encountered by some in the lake area, and that is: “There’s a warrant out for you, send us money.”

The goal (besides getting money directly from you) is to obtain personal information so they can steel your identity and cause you personal and financial loss.

This privacy invasion can also extend to email or regular mail, but telephones are the most common.

“Many people have been receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be with a Law Enforcement Agency advising the intended victim that they have a warrant for their arrest,” a CCSD spokesman said. “If the intended victim falls for it, they will be asked for banking information to remedy the warrant.”

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One arrested in late night ATM theft attempt

CAMDENTON – An ATM machine is still out of commission (as of press time) after a late night theft attempt was thwarted by city police.

Last Tuesday (September 11) at approx. 2:50 a.m., officers with the Camdenton Police Department (CPD) were dispatched to the parking area of Save-A-Lot on North Business Route 5.

Dispatch advised officers that a male subject was attempting to break into the Central Bank ATM machine.

Upon arrival, officers observed a white male, later identified as Michael A. Browning, 28, of Camdenton, near a black Ford Edge vehicle.

According to the CPD, officers observed extensive damage to the ATM and found burglary tools in the area.

Browning was restrained and transported to the Camden County Jail where he was subsequently charged with the following:

• Property Damage 1st Degree (felony)
• Possession of Burglary Tools (felony)
• 2nd Degree Attempted Burglary (felony)
• Attempted Stealing - $750 or More (felony)

Bond was set at $20,000 cash.

Officers remained at the site until representatives of Central Bank were able to arrive and secure the site.

Drugs, counterfeiting, turn up after LANEG search 

CAMDEN COUNTY – Two people have been arrested on various charges including drugs, identity theft and counterfeiting.

Last Friday night, officers of the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) executed a search warrant at the 100 block of Seven Ridge Court in Camdenton.

According to the CCSD, methamphetamine, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia (used in the distribution and consumption of controlled substances) counterfeit United States currency, prepaid debit cards in different names, lists of gift card account numbers, stacks of gift cards, identity theft documents and equipment used in the manufacturing of counterfeit money were discovered.

The Camden County Children’s Division was contacted and four children were taken into protective custody and placed into foster care.

One white male and female were arrested on counterfeiting, fraud and drug charges. They were transported to the Camden County for processing.

The CCSD did not release their names (as of press time).

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