Two Mark Twain Lake Beaches Open

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced  the John F. Spalding Beach and Indian Creek Beach have reopened, however, the beach at 107 remains closed, Both beaches have been cleared of debris and safety checks have been performed. Four lane boat ramps are in use with courtesy docks in palace at all except Ray Behrens. […]

Father Of St. Louis Ballerina Thanks Monroe County, Asks For Help

The father of a St. Louis ballerina found drowned in Mark Twain Lake last November sent a letter to the editor of the Monroe County Appeal thanking law enforcement and the community for their assistance in locating her. In the letter, Duncan Stroik says his daughter Raffaella Stroik visited Mark Twain Lake four years ago […]

Autopsy Reveals St. Louis Ballerina Drowned, Investigation Continues

An autopsy on a St. Louis ballet dancer whose body was found in Mark Twain Lake in November has found she drowned. Raffaella Stroik’s autopsy report determined that while she drowned, the manner of death is still unclear. There was no suicide note or injuries that clearly indicate that she fell. An investigation began when […]

Monroe City Pilot Honored By Highway Patrol

A pilot credited with finding a missing St. Louis ballerina in November of 2018 was honored by the Missouri State Highway Patrol yesterday. [Monday] Highway Patrol Captain James Wilt presented Monroe City resident Ollie “Butch” Pennewell with the Honorary Trooper Certificate. The award is given to citizens nominated by a trooper for performing in an […]

Body Of Missing Woman Found In Lake

The 2 day search for 23 year old Rafaella Stroik of St. Louis came to a tragic end [Wednesday] this morning at Mark Twain Lake State Park. Sergeant Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a press conference a volunteer in a private plane spotted Stroik’s body floating near the opposite bank […]

Search Continues For St. Louis Woman In Monroe County

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking the public for help locating a 23 year old St. Louis woman after her unattended vehicle was located in Monroe County. A park ranger found Rafaella Maria Stroik’s car on Monday in the Highway 107 boat ramp parking lot at Mark Twain State Park. No missing person report […]

Storms Move Through Mid-Missouri

A line of strong storms moved through mid-Missouri this afternoon. Spotters in Laddonia reported one half to one inch hail in Audrain County. Storm spotters in Perry in Ralls County, as well as Florida and Paris in Monroe County, reported large hail. The storms brought with them heavy rain and strong wind. A tractor trailer […]