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Updated August 24, 2023

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Administrative search warrants for OB?

OSAGE BEACH – The Board of Aldermen have approved the first reading of a bill that would allow administrative search warrants to be used in the city.

Administrative search warrants are a tool used by many cities to investigate code violations. The city of Camdenton approved administrative search warrants in 2011.

That bill was met with some dissent by then board member Sandy Osborn. It was stated by the city attorney that this is a tool that Camdenton does not need now but is there if it is needed in the future.

The same reasoning was given at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting, that this is a tool that is there for future use.

City Attorney Cole Bradbury explained to the board in his written comments about the need for this.

“Administrative search warrants are a tool used by many cities to investigate code violations. They allow the City to seek a warrant from its municipal judge (or a state judge) to enter private property without the owner/occupant's permission. We have not used them in the past and do not foresee using them much in the future, but they would be a useful tool in case we suspect a code violation but cannot prove it from the street (for instance, an illegal kennel in the basement or a chop shop operating in a fenced backyard). The Building Official and I believe having this ordinance enacted now will speed enforcement if the need ever arises for this type of warrant.”

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New F.A.S.T. making arrests

MORGAN COUNTY – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office has established a new law enforcement team.

The newly created “Fugitive Apprehension Security Team” (F.A.S.T.) was deployed on their first mission last Tuesday (August 15) and made three warrant arrests.

Kirk R. Sumner, of Versailles, MO, was arrested on a Full Extradition Felony Warrant out of Morgan County for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (two counts).

Candace M. Sumner, of Versailles, MO, was arrested on a Full Extradition Felony Warrant out of Morgan County for Possession of Controlled Substance.

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Traffic stop drug bust

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Four Seasons man has been arrested on drug charges after a trafice stop last week.

Deputies from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and task force officers from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group along with troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated suspected drug trafficking in the Lake Ozark area of Camden County.

Last Tuesday (August 15) deputies conducted a traffic stop on a suspected drug trafficker. 

According to the CCSO, during a search of the vehicle, deputies said they discovered 140 capsules of fentanyl in trunk of the vehicle. 

The driver of the vehicle, Kevin P Erdelen Jr, 41, of Four Seasons, MO, was arrested at the scene.

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Tax levy remains the same for ambulance district

CAMDEN COUNTY – The Camden County Ambulance District (CCAD) voted last week to keep the tax levy at the current rate, 0.2791.

The district is bringing in just enough to meet costs but this could change in the future and they may need a higher tax or an alternative route for taxes to support the district.

This rate will bring in more tax money that last year, even though the rate has not changed.

The valuation of the county determines how much tax entities get if the taxes come from personal property tax, as the ambulance district does.

The total valuation of the area covered by the CCAD was $679,927,585 in 2022.

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