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No local fatalities in lake area over holiday period

JEFFERSON CITY – The lake area suffered no fatalities on the roads or on the water and there were no reported accidents in Camden, Miller and Morgan County investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) during the holiday counting period.

But throughout the rest of the state, nine people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period, which ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 25.

2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Statistics

• Crashes – 587
• Injuries – 108
• Fatalities – 9
• DWI – 86
• Drug Arrests - 67

In comparison, during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers investigated 400 traffic crashes, which included 116 injuries.
 
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Early morning fire destroys garage, house

CAMDEN COUNTY – A fire that began in a garage has destroyed that building and a nearby residence last week.

Last Wednesday at 1:42 a.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a report of a garage fire on Cottage Drive off of State Route D.

The initial report was that the detached garage was fully involved and was spreading to the adjacent house.

Firefighters arrived to find the detached garage fully involved with fire and that had collapsed with the adjacent residence now being well involved with fire in the interior and attic.

Firefighters deployed several hose lines and were able to bring the fire under control in approximately one hour.

“It was extremely cold at the time of the fire which created hardships for the firefighters and caused numerous pieces of equipment to freeze,” said MCFPD Chief Scott Frandsen.

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Morgan County sheriff offers tips to deter thieves

MORGAN COUNTY – This is the time of the year when many families will stock up on Christmas gifts and it also can be a goldmine for thieves looking for an easy target.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) recently released some tips to help keep you from being one of those targets.

Protecting your home from the outside

• Walk around the outside of your home and check for potential weaknesses

The best way to protect your home from the outside is to survey it with the eyes of a burglar. If you can easily tell that a window could be pried open, a thief will definitely be able to come to the same conclusion.

While you’re checking for vulnerable spots, take note of any expensive electronics, art, or furniture that is easily spotted through the windows.

You don’t have to redecorate your entire home to keep expensive items out of sight, but it doesn’t hurt to make small adjustments where you can. No need to tempt thieves any more than you have to!

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