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F-B-I Warns Child Sex Trafficking Fugitive May Be In Missouri

The F-B-I says a fugitive on its Ten Most Wanted list may be in Central Missouri. Donald Fields II is wanted for child sex trafficking and has been on the run from the law since 2022. F-B-I agents say he may be working at cash jobs like tree trimming to support himself. Fields has a …

Date published: Sat, 13 Jul 2024 00:03:26 +0000

Large Meth Bust in SWMO Leads to Seven Arrests

A mutli-county drug bust has landed seven individuals in custody for conspiracy to distribute meth. Investigators say the seven were allegedly conspiring to distribute the drug in several counties in the Ozarks, including Jasper, Greene, Vernon, and Newton counties between January and May of 2024. It was a large task force that helped make the …

Date published: Fri, 12 Jul 2024 16:06:52 +0000

Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening People At Church

A man has plead guilty to threatening children and their parents outside a Springfield church. Shane Silvey entered a guilty plea for second-degree terroristic threats. He is sentenced to a four-year suspended execution of sentence. He could get four years in prison if he violates his probation. Springfield Police arrested Silvey after he was making …

Date published: Fri, 12 Jul 2024 04:32:44 +0000

Seven Indicted In Meth Distribution Conspiracy

Seven people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The defendants are either southwest Missouri residents or Mexican nationals. The all of the seven defendants were charged in a 16-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield. In addition, some of …

Date published: Fri, 12 Jul 2024 04:20:58 +0000

Big Bucks Being Put Towards Missouri Roads And Bridges

The Missouri Highways and Transportation has approved a plan to spend almost 15 Billion Dollars on road and bridge projects over the next 5 years. This means hundreds of millions of dollars for roads and bridges in the Ozarks. MODoT district planning manager Frank Miller says projects will include widening I-44 in Springfield and Joplin, …

Date published: Thu, 11 Jul 2024 21:17:27 +0000

Building Fire Damages Businesses near Campbell and Sunshine in Springfield

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a convenience store in south Springfield. Firefighters were called to The 6 Eleven Convenience Store Wednesday night near Campbell and Sunshine, and were able to put out the fire rather quickly. Authorities say the fire was doused in about 10 minutes, but not …

Date published: Thu, 11 Jul 2024 16:06:59 +0000

Man from Springfield Arrested, Accused of Abusing Teenage Girl Both Physically and Sexually

A man from Springfield is in custody on charges that he physically and sexually abused a 17-year-old girl. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Connor Zacha faces 22 felony charges, including: Sexual exploitation of a minor First-degree rape Second-degree statutory rape Second-degree statutory sodomy Abuse or neglect of a child First-danger endangering the welfare of a child First-degree …

Date published: Thu, 11 Jul 2024 15:45:51 +0000

Nixa Man Charged With Shooting at Business

A man has been charged after allegedly shooting another man outside a business in west Springfield. Court documents say 38-year-old Jacob Elder of Nixa (pictured) is charged with shooting at another person, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest. A probable cause statement says a security camera showed Elder was in …

Date published: Wed, 10 Jul 2024 23:20:46 +0000

NWS Confirms EF-0 Tornado near Cape Fair Last Week

The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down last Wednesday night in Stone County. The Weather Service in Springfield confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down around 8 PM Wednesday, July 3rd, near Cape Fair and Branson West. The tornado measured 150 yards with winds up to 80 MPH. The tornado traveled on the ground …

Date published: Wed, 10 Jul 2024 23:08:01 +0000

Second Suspect Sentenced in Infant Death at Child Care Facility in Rogersville

A second woman is now being sentenced for her role in the death of a child in a neglect or endangerment case. Prosecutors say Danielle Gerdes entered an Alford Plea on Tuesday, July 9, to two counts of abuse or neglect of a child, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Her …

Date published: Wed, 10 Jul 2024 16:29:12 +0000

Man from Mansfield Wanted on Child Sex Crime Charges in Greene County

Mansfield Police and Greene County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man wanted on multiple charges of sodomy and other sex crimes against children. Officers say they arrived at a home where Jacob O’Neal was living after a previous arrest. He was wearing an ankle monitor, but cut if off and fled the scene when …

Date published: Wed, 10 Jul 2024 16:00:41 +0000

Suspect Charged in Springfield Shooting

A suspect has been charged in the shooting deaths of two people last Friday. The Greene County Prosecutors Office has charged 39-year-old Jeffrey Garrett of St. Louis with 2 counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the deaths of 46-year-old Jack Osborn and 44-year-old Melissa Smith on West Chestnut Street on July 5th. …

Date published: Wed, 10 Jul 2024 03:36:06 +0000

Health Department Returning To the Bengsch Building

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is moving back to the Harold K. Bengsch Building. The building on Chestnut Expressway has been undergoing renovations. The move will take place on July 29 and lab services, records and vaccinations will be unavailable that day. The Health Department has been working out of the Cox Tower while the Bengsch …

Date published: Wed, 10 Jul 2024 03:31:16 +0000

Teenager from Springfield Sentenced for Armed Robbery

A 19-year-old teenager from Springfield will spend the next several years in prison for his role in an armed robbery at a Kum & Go last year. Prosecutors say Quinton Jones went to the convenience store along Division Street near Packer Road in Springfield in May of 2023 with a mask on. He was also …

Date published: Tue, 09 Jul 2024 18:29:20 +0000

Man from Springfield Accused of Sexual Assault Facing Sodomy Charges

A man from Springfield is in custody on charges of sodomy after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and hiding from authorities. According to investigators, 48-year-old Shane Nason was at the victim’s home when she exited the shower and went into her bedroom. She told police that when she got into her home, Nason was …

Date published: Tue, 09 Jul 2024 15:52:20 +0000

Ozark Boy Struck While Riding Bicycle

A woman is under arrest after a crash in Ozark injured a 14-year-old boy. The Ozark Police Department says the wreck happened Sunday afternoon when a woman struck the boy as he was riding a bicycle on West Walnut Street. The boy suffered injuries to one leg and other minor injuries. He was treated and …

Date published: Tue, 09 Jul 2024 02:05:02 +0000

Local Charity Excited To Do More With Increased Income Limits

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACOAC) says it will be able to help more families than ever before now that income limits have been raised. Rental assistance, help with utilities, classes, and other benefits were limited to families making $25,550 or less per year. Missouri has now raised that limit to $40,880. Bridgette Allen …

Date published: Mon, 08 Jul 2024 17:54:38 +0000

Man from Kansas Drowns while Swimming in Stockton Lake

A man from Kansas is dead after investigators say he drowned in Stockton Lake over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Highway Patrol troopers say 60-year-old Craig Olsen was swimming near a pontoon boat Saturday evening near the Stockton Dam when he went underwater and never resurfaced. He was pronounced dead at the scene by …

Date published: Mon, 08 Jul 2024 16:04:10 +0000

Woman from Joplin Killed in Hit-and-Run, Driver in Custody

A woman is dead, and a man is in custody in connection with a fatal hit-and-run near Joplin. Investigators say 60-year-old Sheldonna Wood was walking along Douglas Fir Road Friday night, July 5, which is south of Joplin near I-44. While she was walking, she was hit by a pickup truck being driven by 35-year-old …

Date published: Mon, 08 Jul 2024 15:45:41 +0000

Heavy Rains Could Lead to Flooding South and East of Springfield Monday night Through Tuesday Night

The remnants of Hurricane Beryl will increase rain chances in the Ozarks Monday night through Tuesday, with the highest chances south and east of Springfield. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for areas south of I-44 for that same period, where localized rain amounts as high as four to six inches could …

Date published: Mon, 08 Jul 2024 11:20:51 +0000

Springfield Based Convoy of Hope Deploys to Caribbean Following Hurricane Beryl

The Springfield-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope has responded to the Caribbean to help with relief efforts following Beryl. The hurricane turned tropical storm strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as Beryl made landfall Monday morning around 4 a.m. 85 miles southwest of Houston, Texas with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. Here’s …

Date published: Mon, 08 Jul 2024 11:39:36 +0000

One in Custody After Chase in Springfield

One man is in custody after a chase involving Springfield police and Greene County deputies. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says the pursuit began Sunday around 2 pm on Kansas Expressway near Norton Road. The chase, which reached speeds up to 65 miles per hour while going down Kansas Expressway, involved several deputies and Springfield …

Date published: Mon, 08 Jul 2024 12:26:32 +0000

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Apparent Homicide After Body Found

Investigators still uncovering more information after a body was found in Hallsville on Sunday. The body, which was found near a Beechnut Road in Hallsville, was confirmed to be 71 year-old Beauford Wilson. The Greene County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the …

Date published: Wed, 03 Jul 2024 12:41:29 +0000

Glendale Basketball Star Amare Witham Passes Away Unexpectedly at 16

The Glendale High School, and Springfield sports community is mourning the loss of a rising basketball star in 16-year-old Amare Witham. School officials reported said the soon-to-be junior passed unexpectedly earlier this week. As a sophomore, Witham was a MSHSAA Class 6 All-State selection after averaging 24.4 points per game, including a 54-point masterpiece against …

Date published: Wed, 03 Jul 2024 16:33:39 +0000

Casenet Still Down For Several Missouri Counties

Some Missouri courts are still in a state of confusion today as casenet, the electronic filing system for the state, remains down. The issue began on June 29th and is still affecting multiple county courts. Greene County records are now accessible once again. The Missouri Supreme Court doesn’t suspect foul play yet.

Date published: Wed, 03 Jul 2024 11:53:03 +0000