Lake Ozark Police Offices trade there tickets in and give out hams instead. Two Police officers hit the town of Lake Ozark to help spread a little joy in the hearts of those they pulled over. That moment when the lights go on and a driver can only think of things that they might have done wrong turned into a great thing with the help of Hyvee and First Family Church.
Archives for December 2016
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LEBANON, Missouri- Shadel’s Colonial Chapel of Lebanon has announced memorial services for Lori Christine Hendrickson, age 37, of Lebanon.
The mortuary says services will be conducted 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel located at 1001 Lynn St, Lebanon, MO 65536
As per her request her body will be cremated according to the funeral home.
Lori Christine Hendrickson was born April 20, 1979 and died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Friday, December 16, 2016.
Greenlawn Funeral Home, Springfield, MO has announced that services for Daniel Dean Hahn III, 38, who also perished in the accident will be Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 1:00 PM at the mortuary located 3506 North National in Springfield, MO 65803.
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wisconsin. (WSAW) — A 16-year-old boy has died after police say he fell from an outdoor water slide at a resort in the Wisconsin Dells area.
Police said the incident happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday night at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Lake Delton, according to the report by WSAW
Police said two brothers and a friend tried to sled down one of the outdoor water park slides. The boys scaled a 7 foot fence to get inside the locked area. The 16-year-old boy went down on a saucer sled and got stuck halfway down. Police said when he tried to free himself he then fell 35 feet to the ground.
“With our preliminary investigation that we did, I think Mt. Olympus did everything they could to prevent people from doing it but like I said there is personal responsibility for making that decision at this age to enter into that park and take that risk,” explained Chief Dan Hardman, Lake Delton Police Department.
Police said the boy’s family is from Florida and were visiting the Dells to experience snow for the first time.
No charges will be issued in the case.
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri- The National Weather Service says that the risk of tornadoes may be overblown at this time on social media for the 2016 Christmas holiday.
“There is some social media buzz going around the internet about the severe weather potential on Christmas Day. At this time, we do not expect a major severe weather outbreak as some social media graphics floating around show. There is a small potential from some isolated severe weather mainly damaging wind gust potential across portions of the Central U.S. on Sunday,” they stated.
Several nation weather sites say that they don’t want to rule out tornadoes.
A strong low-pressure system will likely bring the threat of severe thunderstorms to portions of the central United States just in time for Christmas.
A southward dip in the jet stream, along with its associated surface low-pressure system, will push into the West Friday. This low-pressure system will intensify as it tracks east and is expected to move into the Plains on Christmas Day, says Weather.com
There is still uncertainty with the details of the forecast, but overall, there appears to be the threat of severe thunderstorms in parts of the central and southern Plains on Christmas as a cold front marches east, the website says.
“Some of the ingredients necessary for severe thunderstorms are expected to be in place, but one of the key questions is how much instability will be present. If there is more cloud cover and showers, along with cooler temperatures, the atmosphere would be more stable, limiting the potential for severe thunderstorms. Temperatures, though, are anticipated to be up to 25 degrees above average outside of storms and the extra heat should support storms. ”
Weather.com also says severe weather on Christmas is not all that unusual, at least in the South.
“Just last year, deadly tornadoes and flooding impacted parts of the South and Midwest during the week of Christmas. According to The Weather Channel severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes, 67 tornadoes occurred from Dec. 23-28. Six of those tornadoes resulted in 24 deaths. Of the 67 tornadoes confirmed, two were rated EF4 and three were EF3. This was also the deadliest December since 1953.”
On Christmas Day 2015, tornadoes were reported in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. It was also the wettest Christmas on record in Birmingham, Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
LOS ANGELES, California- The popular fact-checking website Snopes.com says the recent requests for prayer chains for a youngster named Dakota are unproven at this time.
They say in December 2016, a message requesting that people pray for a young boy named Dakota who was allegedly airlifted to a hospital after having a seizure was widely circulated on Facebook.
While the verbiage of this message varied from post to post, all versions contained three basic elements: The boy’s name (Dakota), a short account of an emergency situation (he was airlifted to a hospital), and a call to action (please forward this message):
“Hey can you help get a prayer circle going for Dakota. They had to life flight him. He is having seizures. Forward this everywhere please. we need prayers for this little Boy please forward to all of your friends that prayers thank you
This is a friend’s grandson”
They say while nearly every message about Dakota lacked credible information about where or when this incident occurred, they did find a message posted to the prayer board of the Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, which may have provided some additional details (i.e., the child’s full name and location) about the situation:
“Please pray for Dakota Wells. He is a child from Big Sandy area … he is having continuous seizures and has been air lifted to Dallas. Please pray for his healing … pray for his family and the Medical staff taking care of him. Thanks”
They say while this prayer request for Dakota is certainly vague, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s fake. Facebook is full of “prayer chain” groups where people can post prayer requests. These posts can be for anything (a new job, strength, a Merry Christmas, a successful surgery, etc.) and don’t generally contain identifying information. While these prayer requests usually stay confined to their original prayer circle, the story about Dakota, a young boy who was airlifted to the hospital, must have struck a chord with many, as the message has been reposted by hundreds of individuals, multiple prayer groups, and churches.
SEATTLE, Washington (KATU) — Officer Mike McClaughry apparently took a step forward in his recovery from being shot in the head while investigating a disturbance in Mount Vernon Thursday. His daughter posted a note on Facebook noting that McClaughry “opened his eyes, looked around and fell back asleep. He is still in ICU as critical but it is a HUGE step forward!!” KATU reports.
McClaughry has been at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in their intensive care unit since the Dec. 15 shooting.
Prosecutors believe 44-year Ernesto Rivas was the one who shot McClaughry as the officer was canvasing a local neighborhood after a gang related shooting. Rivas was arrested after a 7-hour standoff with police. According to court documents, Rivas has not admitted to shooting the officer, but records say during conversations with negotiators the night of the shooting, Rivas asked where he had shot McClaughry: in the chest or the head.
Rivas is described in court documents as an eight-time felon and a gang member who referred to police as “pigs” as he talked to negotiators during the standoff, warning officers about Molotov cocktails in his yard, court documents say. Four were found in a garbage can, court documents say.
The events of that day began in the afternoon when a car had a flat tire near where the officer was shot. A man associated with a rival gang was working on the car when he was shot in the neck.
Police went to investigate and police dogs led them to 824 North Laventure Road. There were surveillance cameras mounted on the house. As officers approached, several shots came from the house, and McClaughry was wounded.
Rivas has been charged with attempted first degree murder and remains held on $1 million bail. He and 16-year-old Austin Gonzales, also charged in the shooting were back in district court Wednesday for legal matters surrounding a warrant that gives investigators 30 days to work their investigation and for the prosecutor to file charges in superior court. Gonzales, charged as an adult, also faces charges of attempted murder in the second degree in the earlier shooting that night. A 15-year-old also faces those same two charges in the juvenile court system. Both teens are being held on $500,000 bail.
McClaughry is a 31-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Police Department and a father of three. He has also been active in scouting and as a field training officer, training about three-quarters of the officers who currently work at the police department. He is also an assistant scout master with the Boy Scouts.
ACCUWEATHER- A storm more typical of March could threaten lives and property with the onset of severe weather over part of the central United States during Christmas 2016.
The severe weather threat includes the potential for a few tornadoes.
Well south of blizzard conditions, a surge of warm air over the central and southern Plains is likely to increase the risk for violent thunderstorms from late in the day to the nighttime hours on Christmas.
“People from the central Plains and middle Mississippi Valley to the southern Plains will need to keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.
Thunderstorms could become strong enough to threaten lives and property. There is a likelihood of sporadic power outages and secondary road closures due to fallen trees and high water.
Cities at risk for severe weather includes Dallas and Longview, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wichita and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; and Omaha, Nebraska.
“The first initial storms that erupt will bring the potential for large hail and isolated tornadoes during Christmas afternoon,” Rossio said. “The storms could organize into a fast-moving, extensive squall line after dark with damaging winds and flash flooding at night.”
ST. LOUIS, Missouri- Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens issued the following statement on his choice of Anne Precythe, a corrections official from North Carolina, to head Missouri’s state prison system:
“Throughout the campaign, we promised to fight the culture of corruption and politics as usual with a team of reformers and outsiders. Today, I am proud to welcome a new champion to that fight.
Missouri’s Department of Corrections is broken and that puts public safety at risk. Our corrections officers struggle in a culture of harassment and neglect, in a department with low morale and shockingly high turnover. These men and women do important work. They need our help. I’m committed to that mission. That’s why I’m honored to announce that Anne Precythe has accepted our offer to serve as the next Director of the Department of Corrections for the State of Missouri.
Anne is a lifelong corrections employee and leader from North Carolina. She started her career on the front lines, as a probation and parole officer. She grew within her department into leadership roles, and she hired and led a team that changed the culture of corrections. Using data and technology, she made the department leaner and more efficient. After she learned how tough life was for some employees under her charge, she launched a program to support employees who were affected by violence—at work or at home.
Anne is tough on crime and a fierce advocate for the employees and officers who will keep our streets safe. She delivered results in North Carolina. In her state, people released from prison are less likely to commit crimes again. The system is wasting less money. Employees feel heard and appreciated. Because of Anne’s leadership, corrections officers are supported, and families know that their state prisons are well-run and secure.
This work isn’t just a career for Anne—it’s a calling. She feels called to serve here in Missouri, and we are grateful that she will be serving alongside our team. We pledged in the campaign to “do different,” and with Anne at the helm of the Department of Corrections, that’s what we’re going to do.”
An investigation by Pitch.com, an alternative weekly newspaper in Kansas City, discovered that the state has paid millions in settlements to corrections employees alleging they faced harassment at work for their sex, religion, race or disability.
LEBANON, Missouri- Lebanon RIII Superintendent Dr. Schmitz extended a holiday greeting from the staff today.