Updated September 19, 2018


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Demand signals the need of a third well in OB

OSAGE BEACH – Due to growing demand for water the city is beginning the process of installing a third well to serve residents.

The Board of Aldermen last week approved the first step in the process – the approval of the first reading of the engineering design and surveying for the water well and well house.

The new well, if eventually built, will be on the west side of the city near the Swiss Village elevated storage tank. The city currently operates two wells in that area

Out of eight firms that bid on the project, the city choose HDR Engineering, Inc.

“A third water well is required to meet growing water demands of the City’s water system, and the well is the first priority identified in the 2017 Water System Master Plan,” Public Works Director Nicholas Edelman explained in his report to the board. “The well is proposed to be located on property owned by the Osage Beach Fire Protection District.”

The city has only budgeted $80,000 for the project but the cost came in at $99,250.

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$1,000,000 insurance requirement fails

OSAGE BEACH – A controversial proposed ordinance that would require contractors working in the city to have at least one million dollars insurance, among other things, died last week due to the lack of a second to the motion.

The first reading was approved in August with Aldermen Kevin Rucker and Phyllis Marose voting against the proposal.

According to City Attorney Ed Rucker, the idea was suggested by Alderman Jeff Bethurem (Bethurem works in the insurance industry).

Currently those who wish to do business in the city are required to obtain a Contractor’s license. The city ordinance, which was passed by the board in 2015 states:

“No license as a contractor shall be issued to any firm, person or corporation without proof of general liability insurance in the form of a Certificate of Insurance providing for limits of not less than three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) for a single incident. Said coverage shall be kept in full force and effect for the duration of the contractor license.”

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Three arrested in two separate incidents 

CAMDEN COUNTY – Three people have been arrested in two separate busts, one for drugs and one for theft.

(Editor’s note: The first incident was not released to the press until last Tuesday, September 4.)

On August 31, Camden County Deputies and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Car Lane in Camdenton.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) deputies seized methamphetamine, Suboxone, assorted prescription medication, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Steven M. Clark, 34, of Camdenton, MO, was arrested and charged with five counts of felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with a $1,000 cash only bond. Clark paid the bond and was released on September 1.

Initial Arraignment in scheduled for October 2 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Judge Aaron Koeppen

Last Tuesday (September 4) two people were arrested in connection with stealing.

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Vehicle crashes into store 

OSAGE BEACH – A traffic accident has caused major damage to a convenience store in Osage Beach.

Last Saturday around 3:59 p.m., city officers responded to the HyVee gas station located at 997 Highway D due to a motor vehicle that crashed into the store.

According to the Osage Beach Police Department (OBPD) the driver, Roy Pietrzak, 35, who was driving a 1997 GMC Yukon, suffered an unnamed medical issue while driving west on Osage Beach Parkway.

As the vehicle traveled through the intersection at Highway D the driver had the medical issue which caused him to travel across all lanes of traffic on Osage Beach Parkway, down the grass hill in front of the Hy-Vee gas station, through the parking lot where the vehicle continued through the front of the store coming to rest inside the business.

OBPD was assisted by Osage Beach Ambulance and the Osage Beach Fire Protection District

The driver suffered minor injuries and was not transported.

No fatalities in lake area over Labor Day

JEFFERSON CITY – There were no deaths on the road or on the water in the lake area over the Labor Day Holiday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) but statewide, five people did die in traffic crashes and all five were riding motorcycles.

In 2017, there were 11 fatalities statewide.

The 2018 counting period for the Labor Day holiday ran from 6 p.m., Friday, August 31, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2018.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the following:

2018 Labor Day Holiday Traffic Statistics

Crashes ─ 258
Injuries ─ 92
Fatalities ─ 5
DWI ─ 97

2018 Labor Day Holiday Boating Statistics

Crashes ─ 9
Injuries ─ 3
Fatalities ─ 0
Drownings ─ 0
BWI ─ 15

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Vehicle check leads to bust

CAMDENTON – Two men have found themselves in jail after a city officer made contact with them just before midnight.

On Sunday, September 2, at approximately 11:54 p.m., officers made contact with the occupants of a brown 2002 Mazda near Big O Tires on East Highway 54.

According to the Camdenton Police Department (CPD) during the stop, officers observed what appeared to be a bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

As the officers were meeting with the occupants of the vehicle, identified as Trenton B. Johnson, 17, of Booneville, MO and Skyler C. England, 17, of Camdenton, MO, they received a call from dispatch regarding a burglary that had occurred nearby.

The vehicle and suspects involved in the burglary matched the description of Johnson and England, the CPD said.

Officers met with two victims of the burglary who reside in Palm Gardens Apartments and learned that two subjects, believed to be Johnson and England, had made entry into their apartment and displayed a handgun.

A confrontation had begun and at one point England and Johnson panicked and exited the apartment, the CPD said.

Officers arrested both subjects placing them on a 24-hour hold.

Both Johnson and England were both charged with the following:
• Burglary 1st Degree
• Harassment - 2nd Degree
• Possession Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid Of 10 Grams Or Less
• Unlawful Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

Both were being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

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