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Man from Greene County Arrested, Charged with Stealing and Deceptive Business Practices

A man from Greene County who was employed by a Springfield roofing company is now in custody for taking money from customers and not completing his work. Investigators say Mark Frye accepted money while employed by Advanced Restorations from customers for roofing or other work, that he never completed. A total of ten victims have …

Date published: 20 June 2024, 4:52 pm

Willard Considering Wider Window Of Time To Shoot Off Fireworks

The Willard Board of Alderman is considering allowing residents more days to shoot off fireworks within city limits. City Administrator Wesley Young says the city is currently surveying residents to measure public opinion. As of now, fireworks are allowed by the city to be shot off between noon on July 3rd, and Midnight on July …

Date published: 20 June 2024, 4:40 pm

Man from Wright County Arrested, Accused of Attacking Two Black People with a Hatchet

A man from Wright County is in custody for allegedly attacking two people with a hatchet, a crime the victims say was motivated by the fact they were black. Investigators say Jason Bailey got into an altercation with the two on June 4. Prosecutors attest that he was the aggressor in the attack. Both victims …

Date published: 20 June 2024, 4:03 pm

Springfield Man Sentenced For Holding Woman at Gunpoint

A man has been sentenced to prison for holding a woman at gunpoint during an argument and threatening to killer her and members of her family. Court documents say Steven Tygart of Springfield has been sentenced to four years for unlawful use of a weapon, five years for rape or attempted rape, and ten years …

Date published: 20 June 2024, 4:56 am

Pharmacy Employee Shot During Attempted Robbery In Rolla

An employee at a Rolla pharmacy was shot during an attempted robbery Wednesday. The Rolla Police Department responded to a report that a gunman had shot an employee of Sinks Pharmacy while trying to steal drugs. The suspect left in a black car with some drugs. Police stopped the car and arrested 41-year-old Justin Wonsewitz. …

Date published: 20 June 2024, 4:51 am

Ozark Food Harvest Launches Summer Harvest Campaign

Ozarks Food Harvest has launched their Summer Harvest campaign to raise awareness and fight childhood hunger in the Ozarks. The food bank says the campaign is to help bring meals to children who lose access to free or reduced-price meals over the summer while school is out. It is presented by Pinegar Honda. The campaign …

Date published: 20 June 2024, 4:40 am

Court Date Changed for Man from Sparta Accused of Murdering his Nephew

A man from Sparta who is accused of murdering his own nephew during an attempted theft is having his court date moved once again. 59-year-old Nick Owens is accused of shooting and killing his nephew, Zachary Owens, in June of 2022 during an attempt to steal a flatbed trailer that was on Zachary’s property in …

Date published: 19 June 2024, 3:35 pm

Man from Bolivar Enters Guilty Plea in Hit-and-Run that Killed One in 2022

A man from Bolivar will spend several years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash that killed another man back in 2022. Investigators say 45-year-old John Hofstetter was driving along Kansas Expressway near the intersection of Division Street on April 26, 2022, when his SUV drove onto the median and …

Date published: 19 June 2024, 3:27 pm

Smith Wins Runoff Election for Willard Mayor, Petty Wins In Fair Grove Ward 2

Two elections were held in Greene County on Tuesday. A runoff election to determine the mayor’s race in Willard ended this time with Troy Smith beating Sam Snider with 57-percent of the vote. They both received the same number of votes in the April election and in a recount a few days later. In the …

Date published: 19 June 2024, 3:48 am

Fassnight Pool To Reopen Thursday

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board says repairs have been completed on Fassnight Park’s pool. The pool was closed Friday night after staff discovered a problem that would require draining the pool in order to repair it. The Park Board says the pool will reopen Thursday, June 20 at 1 p.m. The park board says the …

Date published: 18 June 2024, 10:47 pm

Tennessee Chief Medical Examiner Releases Autopsy Report on Riley Strain

Over three months after he went missing after being kicked out of a bar in Nashville, the Tennessee Chief Medical Examiner has officially revealed the cause of death for Kickapoo graduate and former Mizzou student Riley Strain. He and his fraternity brothers were on a trip to Nashville when he was escorted out of a …

Date published: 18 June 2024, 3:59 pm

Man from Springfield in Custody, Accused of Drug Charges and Shooting Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy

A man from Springfield is in jail, and a Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering after a shooting incident near the intersection of Blaine and Fremont. Authorities say they arrived at the home of 41-year-old Theodore Davis Monday afternoon to serve an arrest warrant. Davis was wanted on multiple felony drug charges. However, when deputies …

Date published: 18 June 2024, 3:37 pm

Greene County Deputy Shot, Suspect Arrested

A Greene County deputy is in stable condition after being shot while serving a warrant to a fugitive. It happened at a house in the 1400 block of Blaine Street near Weller Avenue on Monday afternoon. Springfield Police and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department closed down Blaine Street. Sheriff Jim Arnott says the deputy is …

Date published: 18 June 2024, 4:01 am

Two Special Elections In Greene County Tuesday

Two Greene County communities will have special elections Tuesday. Willard will have a special election between Sam Snider and Troy Smith for mayor. Both men tied with 349 votes each in the April election. The other special election is in Fair Grove Ward 2 because of a mix-up with some ballots given to voters. This …

Date published: 18 June 2024, 3:52 am

Boil Water Order for 2 Wards in Merriam Woods

Two wards in Merriam Woods are under a boil water order. Wards 2 and 3 are under an emergency boil water order. City officials say crews discovered a water line break Monday afternoon and later in the evening found a break in a sewer line while trying to repair the water line. The city says …

Date published: 18 June 2024, 3:44 am

Drowning Incident In Maries County

A man from Dixon drowned in a lake in Maries County Saturday. Highway Patrol Troopers say 86 year old Warren Cooper was getting out of his kayak when he slipped on a ramp and fell into the lake at the Rinqueltin Trail Lake Conservation Area. Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene

Date published: 17 June 2024, 5:21 pm

Power Outages Reported after Car Crash in Northwest Springfield

Utility crews in Springfield are working to restore power to over a hundred residents in northwest Springfield after a car crash knocked down power lines. Authorities say the crash happened Monday morning at the intersection of Kansas Expressway and Atlantic Street. Just over 100 City Utilities customers have reportedly been without power since the crash. …

Date published: 17 June 2024, 4:07 pm

Springfield Police Searching for Suspect after Shots Fired Call and Stabbing along West Chestnut

Officers in Springfield are trying to find a person involved in an incident near a Casey’s along West Chestnut Expressway. Investigators say they received a call at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday for a disturbance at the 2700 block of W. Chestnut, near the W. College Road intersection, that included a report of shots fired. When …

Date published: 17 June 2024, 3:33 pm

Two More Men Face Murder Charges in Deadly Downtown Springfield Shooting

Two more men have been charged in a shooting death in downtown Springfield in November, 2023. Court documents show warrants have been issued for 19-year-old Quartez Washington and 21-year-old Arshuan Bradley. Both are charged with first degree murder, first degree assault, four counts of armed criminal action, and two counts of unlawful use of a …

Date published: 17 June 2024, 12:41 pm

Isolated Showers and Storms for Parts of the Ozarks Monday

The heat and humidity will continue in the Ozarks Monday, with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says most areas will remain dry, and the best chance for pop-up thunderstorms is along and east of Highway 65. Storms that do develop may contain cloud to ground lightning …

Date published: 17 June 2024, 12:15 pm

Fassnight Pool Closed For Repairs

Fassnight Pool will be closed for a few days for repairs. The pool closed Friday and will remain closed until further notice. Friday afternoon the pool staff discovered that a portion of the pool shell had come loose in the shallow end. The pool would have to be drained to repair the problem. The draining …

Date published: 15 June 2024, 12:28 am

Officials Lift Boil Order for Camden County Following Low-Pressure Issues

A boil order that was put in place in parts of Camden County due to low pressure problems with the water system has now been cancelled. County officials maintenance on one of the wells caused the pressure problems, which forced residents in the following areas into the boil advisory: Shawnee Bend Porta Cima The Villages …

Date published: 14 June 2024, 5:09 pm

99-Year-Old Man from Bolivar Thought to Be Only Surviving Son of a Civil War Veteran

99-year-old Bill Pool from Bolivar is one of the few surviving veterans of World War II, which is historic, but there’s something even more unique about his life. Pool was born in 1925 to a mother in her mid-thirties. His father, Charles Pool, was 80-years-old. Charles was born in 1844, and served in the Civil …

Date published: 14 June 2024, 4:03 pm

Political Campaign Sign Vandalism Under Investigation

Fair Grove Police are investigating the vandalism of several election signs in the city. Police Chief Roy Howell says signs for candidate Jim Danderson were stolen, moved, or painted on. Voters will decide Tuesday whether to elect Danderson or Kelly Petty to the ward 2 City Council seat. A new election was scheduled after multiple …

Date published: 14 June 2024, 2:41 pm

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Springfield Crash

A motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Springfield Thursday night. It happened at the intersection of Glenstone and Kearney. Springfield Police say a Chevy H-H-R was leaving a parking lot when it stuck the motorcycle. The motorcyclist is hospitalized with serious injuries. Nobody in H-H-R vehicle was injured.

Date published: 14 June 2024, 2:11 am