Logging truck crash causes death

MILLER COUNTY – An accident involving a truck carrying logs has resulted in the death of a West Virginia man.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Monday (June 25) around 2:00 p.m., a 2003 International semi-tractor, driven by Greg Mathis, 46, of Oak Ford Illinois, was hauling logs northbound on Highway 17, 600 feet north of Saline Road, when the truck crossed the centerline where it was struck by a 1994 Mack dump truck, driven by Jonathan Hensley, 35, of Clarksburg, MO.

The logs then became unsecured and fell onto the roadway where they first struck a 2000 Dodge Ram, driven by Alford Franklin, 76, of Harrison, West Virginia. The Dodge Ram was forced off the right side of the road where it struck a tree and a fence.

The logs then struck a 2018 Nissan Versa, driven by Seth Graves, 44, of Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

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Fire destroys Montreal home

CAMDEN COUNTY – A Montreal family has lost their home due to a Sunday evening fire.

On Sunday June 24, around 9:56 p.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 3900 block of State Route E in Montreal MO.

First arriving MCFPD units found a single wide mobile home with heavy fire showing in a bedroom and living room.

Firefighters immediately verified that there was no one in the home and began a fire attack. They were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes.

Firefighters remained on the scene for another 90 minutes doing overhaul and extinguishing hot spots. The home and the contents were a total loss.

The fire was investigated by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety assisted by the MCFPD Fire Marshal. Due to the significant damage in the area where the fire originated, the cause is list as undetermined.

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Pettis sentenced to seven years

CAMDEN COUNTY - A Sunrise Beach man has received the maximum sentence for assault in the 2nd degree.

Daniel Pettis, of Sunrise Beach, was originally scheduled for jury trial beginning June 26 but late on the night before, he elected to give an Alford plea to the charge of assault in the second degree, according to court records.

An Alford plea is a plea in which a criminal defendant does not admit guilt, but does admit that the prosecutor has enough evidence for a conviction.

He was accused of knowingly causing physical injury to a neighbor by means of a dangerous instrument by striking him with a truck. After the plea, the judge heard arguments regarding sentencing and sentenced Pettis to the maximum of seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

“The office of the Prosecuting Attorney would like to thank Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Plumley for all of his hard work on this case,” a v spokesman said. “We would also like to thank the victim in this case for their courage and assistance in seeking justice.”

Free dog/cat microchipping clinic

CAMDEN COUNTY – The Camden County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Camden County Health Department, the Cat and Canine animal shelter and Murphy Spay and neuter clinic in Sunrise Beach, is offering a rabies/microchip clinic July 21.

The clinic will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Stables building next to Canon Smoke Saloon in Sunrise Beach and is free to Camden County taxpayers.

Participants must show proof of vaccinations (if necessary) along with proof of Camden County residency. All animals being microchipped will have to be current on rabies vaccinations prior to the microchipping.

All animals must also be contained or restrained from running at large. Other services can be scheduled through the shelter or Murphy’s Clinic.

Two from lake area participate in Equine Tour

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Two local residents were part of forty-nine enthusiastic Missouri 4-H teens that embarked upon the eighth annual 4-H Equine Career and Horse Industry Tour in late May.

Camden County had two participants: Macey Brown and Alicyn McNerney.

McNerney was the recipient of this year’s Jonna Kay Witherow Memorial Scholarship. The 4-H Equine Tour was one of Jonna Kay Witherow’s favorite 4-H events and she attended all four trips to different parts of the country.

The group traveled to destinations in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

“The quote from Mary Webb, ‘Saddle your dreams before you ride them’ sums up the focus of this great opportunity for youth who hope to couple their equine passion with a career,” a spokesman said.

The tour explored the ranching and rodeo world at the Nebraska Sand Hills Haythorn Ranch and had a special behind-the-chutes tour at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

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