PWC Explodes; Two Injured

Two people remain hospitalized after Saturday’s accident involving a malfunctioning personal watercraft that blew up at the 65.9 mile mark on Lick Creek Cove Saturday afternoon. According to the Water Patrol, after being fueled at a marina, the Sea-Doo would not start and a spark within the engine compartment ignited fumes which caused the explosion. According to Sgt. Jerry Callahan of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division:

60-year-old Ronald Dodson of Lee’s Summit and 19-year-old Blake Samskey of Olathe, Kansas were injured and taken to Lake Regional Hospital.

Saluting Our Veterans

As we gather this Memorial Day to pay tribute to the men and women who served in the armed forces, who fought to keep our nation free, we remember those soldiers serving abroad this holiday weekend. In addition to our service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have Missouri National Guard and Reserve unit members currently working construction sites in Honduras as part of the “Beyond the Horizon 2012″ exercise. The Missouri Army National Guard’s 880th Engineer Team sees members rotating in and out of Honduras every two weeks. Their main complaint; it’s hot in Honduras.

Watch Out For Bicycles

While most of the emphasis this weekend is being put on travel or boating, let us not forget that May Is Bicycle Safety Month. And right now is a prime-time for accidents. Data for 2011 reveals that when it comes to crashes involving motor vehicles and bicycles, 79% of them occurred from April till October. One person was killed last year and 574 were injured. That translated to one person being killed or injured in a bicycle traffic crash every 15.2 hours for 2011 here in Missouri.

Feds Indict Lake Ozark Psychologist for Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

A Lake Ozark psychologist is in hot water with the federal government, indicted by a federal grand jury for engaging in a $1.2 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. 67-year old Rhett McCarty’s alleged to have billed the government for treatment Medicare and Medicaid 19-recipients 7-days a week, with the exception of Christmas, from September 2008 to April of this year. The government says he was reimbursed by both federal programs for $1.2-million. Prosecutors want McCarty to forfeit any property purchased with the money he was paid.

Lazy Gators Opening for Tourist Season

Two years after the county went to court to shut it down over zoning issues, Lazy gators is expected to be business as usual for the summer tourist season. Camden County wanted the business closed until the zoning issue, it’s a business operating in a residential zone, is resolved. For the last several years, Lazy Gators has been operating under a state catering permit issued by the state. The catering permit allows continued operations even though Lazy Gators is not in line with zoning regulations.

Boat Burns, Sinks at 32 MM

No one was injured in a boat fire at the 32 mile marker last night, but the 30-foot vessel was fully engulfed in flames when Mid-County and Sunrise Beach firefighters arrived on the scene at about 10:00 p.m. The Cigarette-style performance boat burned almost to the water line, split in two and sank  in 40 feet of water. The driver and passengers were reportedly rescued by another nearby boat.

New Record Set During the 2012 Spring Shoreline Cleanup at Lake of the Ozarks

A record 74 Adopt-the-Shoreline member groups participated in this year’s Spring Shoreline Beautification Cleanup at the Lake of the Ozarks. They cleaned a record 575 miles of shoreline. The 626 volunteers also removed 1,037 cubic yards of trash and debris, weighing 48 tons. Ameren Missouri, which sponsors the Adopt-the-Shoreline program, paid more than $15,000 to dispose of the trash and debris collected. Ameren’s Bryan Vance, who coordinated the annual event, says additional records that were broken this spring include the most miles of shoreline cleaned in a single day and the most man hours in a single zone. “We had a 10-group partnership that was responsible for cleaning a record 74 miles of shoreline in a single day, and we had a six-group effort in the Gravois that invested more than 250 man-hours into cleaning their zone,” he said. “That is the kind of collaboration and commitment that makes being part of this program so much fun. We cannot thank our adopting groups and other participants enough for their continued support for Adopt-the-Shoreline throughout its 21-year history.”