‘Run for the Fallen’ Returns to the Lake Area

The Lake area will pay tribute to the soldiers from Missouri killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the third annual Run for the Fallen on Saturday morning. Trish Creach with the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce says one mile will be run or walked for each of the Missouri service members killed during the conflicts:

Run for the Fallen events will be taking place in 22 states this weekend. Saturday’s event, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Camdenton Middle School Little Theater in Camdenton, is the only one in Missouri.

Lake Ozark Psychologist Pleads Guilty in $1 million Health Care Fraud Scheme

A psychologist from Lake Ozark has pleaded guilty to charges of health care fraud and forgery in U.S.District Court. 67-year-old Rhett McCarty, whose practice is in the Lebanon area, admitted to engaging in a $1 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. According to federal prosecutors, between September, 2008 and April, 2012 McCarty submitted claims for daily or near-daily psychotherapy services to 19 patients, and was paid $1,276,334. McCarty admitted he never saw most of them more than once a week. McCarty also admitted forging patients’ signatures on sign-in sheets. McCarty faces up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000 and an order of restitution when he’s sentenced later this year.

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Macks Creek Man Charged With Sexual Assault

A 19-year-old Macks Creek man has been arrested on a sexual assault charge. According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, a 17-year-old girl on a sleepover at a friend’s house in the 600 block of State Highway 73 Saturday woke up to find Steven Harris in her bed. During questioning, investigators say Harris admitted sexually assaulting the girl while she slept. He’s being held on a bond of $25,000 cash, $125,000 surety in the Camden County Adult Detention Center in Camdenton.

Three Convicted in Tracker Marine Fraud Case

A federal judge has found the owners of a Lebanon trucking company guilty in a scheme to defraud Tracker Marine. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 52-year old James Ivey, his wife Melinda, and co-defendant Paul Hunting, defrauded Tracker Marine for a little over three years by inflating purchase orders and shipping invoices. Among the charges: money laundering, conspiracy, mail and wire fraud.

Lake Area Students Head Back to School

Thursday is the first day of school for most students in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Kelly Martin, with the Missouri Department of Transportation, tells Manny Haley on “The Morning Magazine” drivers should be extra alert tomorrow morning:

Camdenton, Macks Creek, Versailles and Eldon school districts start classes tomorrow. School of the Osage and Climax Springs start next week.

Semi Damages Osage Beach House

Osage Beach Police are looking for the driver of a semi trailer truck that crashed into a house and drove away. There is substantial damage to the home at 873 Crow Lane, as a result of the Monday morning incident, according to . Osage Beach Police Sgt. Arlyne Page:

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the white truck, with the word “KEHL” in blue letters on the cab door, which also struck and broke a large limb from a tree that may have caused damage to the tractor cab or trailer.truck:

If you see the semi, call the Osage Beach Police Department, at 302-2010.

“My Way” Crashes; Will Not Race in 2012 Shootout

Last year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Top Guns Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe crashed their My Way, 50-foot Mystic, on the St. Lawrence River Saturday, in the 1,000 Island Poker Run.  The boat will not be able to be repaired in time to race in this year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.  My Way was favored to beat their 2011 top speed and take the Top Gun trophy again this year.

The Mystic is powered by 6,000 horse twin-turbines and is capable of reaching 221+ m.p.h. in one mile. My Way hit a wake at 160 mph on Saturday and it sent the bow straight up into the air. No one was hurt in the accident but the boat sustained about $250,000 in damages, putting a six-foot hole in the port side, next to a turbine.

This year’s Shootout races will be held August 25th-26th at Captain Ron’s at the 34.5MM of Lake of the Ozarks.