There are lessons to be learned about what not to do at Lake of the Ozarks from those whose weekend stays have taken a turn for the worse when they have found themselves on the wrong end of the law.
Such was the case for a 35-year-old Jackson, Mo., man whose joy ride on a stolen personal watercraft ended with a visit to the emergency room and a pocketful of tickets while forcing generators at Bagnell Dam to be shut down.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Bradley G. Robey is accused of stealing a PWC from the the Toad Cove area at the the 7 mile marker in Lake Ozark during the pre-dawn hours on June 29.
Robey apparently headed toward Bagnell Dam on the stolen watercraft. Officers believed he may have intended to head toward the Grand Glaize Arm but took a wrong turn as he came out of the cove.
As he neared the dam, Robey slammed into the cable that stretches across the danger zone at the dam. The force of the impact threw him into the water, allowing the PWC floating into the danger zone.
The patrol reported receiving a 911 call from someone who heard his pleas for help.
When officers arrived, Robey was still in the water without a lifejacket and the PWC was found floating up against the dam.
Robey was treated and released from Lake Regional for treatment of a cable burn.
In the meantime, recovery of the PWC required assistance from a diver and a tow boat.
Ameren Missouri shut down generators while the diver swam about 300 feet into the danger zone to hook a tow line to the watercraft so it could be pulled out of the danger zone.
Robey was cited for tampering, failure to wear a flotation device and boating while intoxicated.
Later the same day, a Collinsville, Mo., woman ran into problems after allegedly exposing herself. The woman is accused of sexual misconduct after taking part in wh hat officers described as a verbal altercation.
According to the patrol, the woman, identified as Kristy M. DaGostino., was arrested after an incident at a waterfront venue at the 31 mile marker.
An argument allegedly broke out as she was getting in the boat at the dock. The argument apparently involved several people on the dock and in other boats.
As the argument progressed, witnesses reported the woman allegedly exposed herself to the others. The report did not indicate how she exposed herself. She was taken to the Camden County Jail.