Not a good day, Sunday, for the highway patrol on the water here at the Lake of the Ozarks. There were three incidents resulting in a combined total of nine people injured. The most serious of the incidents happened around 12:15pm in Lick Creek Cove when a waverunner operated by a 17-year-old from Oak Grove struck the starboard side of a 1995 Regal. The 17-year-old was not injured while seven were injured on the Regal…one seriously and flown to University Hospital. The other two accidents involved a bass boat slamming into a breakwater near the one-milemark of the Osage Arm during the early morning hours and two people falling off a waverunner shortly after 11:30 in the morning before partially swamping it at the 18-milemark of the Osage Arm. The 63-year-old operator of the bass boat was seriously injured and taken to Lake Regional and a passenger, on the waverunner, suffered minor injuries refusing treatment at the scene.
A 63-year-old from Ballwin, Missouri, is seriously injured when the bass boat he was operating slammed into a breakwater near the one-milemark of the Osage Arm. The highway patrol report indicates that it happened shortly before 1:30 Sunday morning. The operator of the bass boat, Kurt Massie, was transported to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.
Over the past year, there was quite a buzz in the Lake Area over an upcoming Netflix series based in the Missouri Ozarks and, at least, partially filmed here at Lake of the Ozarks. The wait is over as the Jason Bateman produced series is expected to make it’s official debut at 2:00 Friday morning. Much of the story line had been kept a secret until the trailer came out previewing the series. The story line is centered on Bateman playing a financial adviser who relocates his family from Chicago to the Ozarks where he has to launder $500-million in five years to make a drug boss happy. The show is set at Alhonna Resort, the same place writer Bill Dubuque worked as a dock hand in the late 80’s.
The search for James Hanberry, the subject of an Endangered Missing Person report in Camden County, has come to an end on a good note. Lieutenant Arlyne Page, from the sheriff’s department, says the 36-year-old from Sunrise Beach was located at a residence in Richland. Hanberry had last been seen back on July 9th in the Sunrise Beach area.
Two former physicians from the University of Missouri-Columbia plead guilty in federal court, in separate cases, to engaging in a health care fraud scheme totaling more than $190-thousand. 82-year-old Kenneth Rall and 65-year-old Michael Richards, both from Columbia, waived right to a grand jury before entering guilty pleas before U-S Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth. Rall had been with the university from 1998-2012 while Richards had been with M-U from 2003-2012. They both up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted before formal sentencing.
A 29-year-old from Eldon faces several charges including DWI and driving on the wrong side of Highway-54, near Old Bass Road, in Cole County. The highway patrol report says it happened shortly before 11:45 Wednesday night. Courtney Wardenburg is also charged with property damage and assault on law enforcement. Wardenburg was booked into the Cole County Jail.
The City of Lake Ozark mourns the passing of a former longtime business owner. Lela Pauline Stanton, who went by “Polly,” died yesterday at Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care. Polly Stanton and her husband Lon, who preceded Polly in death, were owners of the Stanton Novelty Company for many years. Polly was known for her passion for gardening and was a founding member of the Arrowhead Beach Garden Club. A visitation is planned for this Saturday, the 22nd, from 11a-1p at Lake Ozark Christian Church with a service to follow. Burial, after, will be in the Freedom Cemetery in Linn Creek. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedges-Scott Funeral Homes and memorials are suggested to “CURE SMA” in Elk Grove, Illinois. Polly Stanton was 96.