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Camdenton airport expansion continues

CAMDENTON – The continuing airport expansion was the main topic at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

The city is currently in the process of extending the airport runway from its current length of 4,000 feet to 5,000. When the project started the city had to purchase land from 11 land owners in order to complete the expansion.

The expansion will close Forbes Road and relocate the entrance of Hill N’ Dale mobile home park.

In November 2018, the Board approved an agreement with MoDOT for a grant in the amount of $172,530 for the City’s Engineering firm, CMT, to Design Runway 15/33 and the Parallel Taxiway Extension Pre-Grading Project.

This included the closing of Forbes Road; Extension of Opportunity Road; and Extension of Wildlife Fence.

Since then, CMT has done additional work to get the project ready to proceed. These changes have been reviewed and approved by MoDOT Aviation and an agreement with MoDOT for an amendment to the original grant of $80,730 for this additional work with CMT.

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Fugitive arrested

(Editor’s note: Though this incident happened on Wednesday July 31, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office did not release this information until last Tuesday, August 6).

CAMDEN COUNTY – A Macks Creek man is in jail after allegedly fleeing police on a motorcycle.

On Wednesday July 31 at approximately 2:00 a.m., a deputy from the Camden County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) observed a subject at a local Camdenton restaurant parking lot on a white Honda motorcycle who he believed to have a fugitive warrant.

According to the CCSO, as the officer approached the subject, he fled on the motorcycle, leading deputies on a lengthy high speed pursuit.

The subject was identified as Brandon Lee Jensen, 30, of Macks Creek, MO.

Jensen eventually lost control of the motorcycle when he attempted to drive down a very steep, rocky path, located off Y Road in Camden County.

A slight foot pursuit ensued and Jensen was taken into custody.

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Man dies in UTV accident

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Stover man is dead in a one-vehicle accident last Monday (August 5).

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) at 11:55 p.m. on Bee Sting Drive just south of Route BB, a 2012 Polaris Ranger UTV, driven by Dylan Rex, 33, of Stover, MO, was traveling southbound on Bee Sting Drive when the vehicle crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the roadway where it struck a ditch and overturned.

Rex was taken to Lake Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:43 a.m. by Doctor Leach.

Rex was not wearing a safety device.

Earlier that same day (2:15 p.m.) a motorcycle versus car accident left two people with serious injuries.

The MSHP stated that a 2010 Harley Davidson, driven by Larry Melville, of Camdenton, MO, was southbound on Route 5 just north of Concrete Drive in Camden County, when a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Jeremy Umanos, 21, of Mundelein, IL, failed to yield to the motorcycle.

The Hyundai turned left into the path of the Harley and was struck by the motorcycle.

Larry Melville received serious injuries and was transported by MU Air to University Hospital.

A passenger on the motorcycle, Tina Melville, 56, also of Camdenton, MO, was transported to Lake Regional with serious injuries and then flown to University Hospital by MU Air.

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Man found dead in lake

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A St. Louis man was found dead on the lake last Saturday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), Thomas Moore, 59, of St. Louis, was driving a 2000 SeaDoo behind a family member’s boat at the 2.5 Mile Marker of the Big Niangua in Camden County when the family member looked back and noticed the Personal Watercraft (PWC) adrift with no rider.

Moore was found floating facedown in the water and was pronounced dead at the scene by Steve Dugan, Camden County Medical Examiner. He was wearing a safety device.

Last week was a week of PWC accidents starting on Sunday, August 4 when a Kansas woman suffered serious injuries after impacting a vessel.

The MSHP said Amber Brown, 57, of Leawood, KS, was driving a 2008 Seadoo in Forked Hollow Cove and attempting to negotiate waves when she failed to keep control and impacted the watercraft.

She was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by Ambulance with serious injuries. She was wearing a safety device at the time of the crash.

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