(Updated June 6, 2018)


Charges dropped in triple fatality

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The man accused of driving the boat that was involved in a triple fatality has been removed as the driver and the actual driver is now listed as “unknown” by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).

Initially the MSHP said that on May 19 at 12:00 a.m., a 1991 Regal Runabout was traveling upstream at the 47.5 mile marker of the main channel when the boat struck a rock bluff ejecting the driver and two occupants into the water.

The driver re-entered the vessel and paddled to a dock across the channel. Medical Examiner Jason Elliot pronounced three occupants dead at the scene.

However the official details of the accident now state that “Vessel 1 was heading upstream and struck a rock bluff ejecting at least three occupants into the water. Mr. Frazier reentered the vessel and paddled to a dock across the channel.”

In the initial report it stated that Hayden Frazier, 22, of Overland Park, Kansas, was the driver of the boat.

That has now been changed to “unknown”.

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Holiday starts with trip to jail

CAMDEN COUNTY – A Jefferson City woman started off the holiday period with a trip to jail for assault and Driving While Intoxicated.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) on May 25 at approximately 11:40 p.m., Camden County Deputies witnessed Lindsay Rush, 38, from Jefferson City, MO., driving carelessly through a crowd of pedestrians in the area of Sweet William Road in Lake Ozark.

Rush was contacted by deputies and instructed to pull her vehicle to the side of the road but she refused to stop and continued to drive recklessly through the pedestrian traffic, the CCSD said.

Another deputy, (who was on foot) attempted to approach Rush’s vehicle at which time he was struck by the driver’s side door.

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No fatalities in lake area during holiday weekend

JEFFERSON CITY - There were no fatalities in the Troop F area (which includes Lake of the Ozarks) on the road or on the water over the Memorial Day Holiday period.

Troop F troopers participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) from Friday, May 25, through Monday, May 28, meaning every available officer was on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists.

Troop F reported zero fatal traffic crashes, but investigated 33 traffic crashes that included 13 injuries. Troopers made 20 DWI arrests.

Troopers assigned to Lake of the Ozarks worked extended shifts - 12 hours--during the Memorial Day weekend. There were zero boating fatalities and zero drownings in Troop F.

Troopers investigated five boating crashes involving six injuries and arrested six people for boating while intoxicated.

“Even though this major holiday period has ended, we want to urge motorists and boaters to continue to drive safely whether it’s on the highways or waterways,” said Captain Turner. “Our troopers work very hard to keep the motoring and boating public safe.”

The traffic accidents in the Lake of the Ozarks area were:

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‘Hams’ to give public demo of emergency communications

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Lake of the Ozarks Amateur Radio Club (LOARC) will join with thousands of U.S. Amateur Radio operators in showing off their emergency communications capabilities the weekend of June 23-24, 2018.

The club will set up and operate field radio stations to contact other “Hams” throughout the US, Canada, and South America, over a 24 hour period.

The objective is prepare for emergency communications needed during an emergency by seeing who can make the highest number of contacts. This annual event, called “Field Day” is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) the national association for Amateur Radio.

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Statewide: No boating fatalities, no drownings

JEFFERSON CITY - Nine people died (statewide) in traffic crashes over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend.

Last year, the same number (nine) of people were killed during the three-day weekend.

During the counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) investigated 294 traffic crashes which included 124 injuries and all eight fatalities.

Troopers also arrested 121 people for driving while intoxicated and made 102 drug arrests. During the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Patrol investigated 345 traffic crashes which included 128 injuries and five of the nine fatalities.

Over last year’s holiday weekend, troopers arrested 107 people for driving while intoxicated and made 125 drug arrests.

For the second year in a row, there were zero boating fatalities over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend.

Marine operations troopers investigated 12 boating crashes involving 10 injuries. There were no drownings during the 2018 Memorial Day holiday.

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