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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

Stockton Man Charged in Fatal D-W-I Crash

A man has been charged with D-W-I after a crash in Cedar County in April that killed another man. Edward Hargrave of Stockton has been charged with a felony count of D-W-I after a breath test revealed his blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit when he struck a John Deere Gator driven …

Date published: 14 June 2024, 2:08 am

Woman from Stone County Missing, Search Underway

Authorities in Stone County are searching for a 19-year-old woman who has been presumed missing for two days. Stone County Sheriff’s deputies say Haven Shelton was considered missing on June 11. She is described as five-feet tall, 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans and a black camo …

Date published: 13 June 2024, 3:50 pm

Lockwood Boy Struck By Semi In Driveway

A five-year-old Lockwood boy was killed in an accident involving a semi-truck in a driveway in Reeds. The Highway Patrol says the semi-truck was running in a driveway, when it went into gear and rolled forward, striking the child. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County coroner.  

Date published: 13 June 2024, 4:13 am

Endangered Silver Advisory For Nevada Man

There is an Endangered Silver Advisory for a Nevada man. Nevada Police and the Highway Patrol have issued an Endangered Silver Advisory for 63-year-old Eric Strom who walked away from a senior living facility Wednesday morning. Strom is a white male with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 220 …

Date published: 13 June 2024, 4:06 am

Missing Ft. Wood Marine Behind Bars

A Marine reported missing from Fort Leonard Wood has been arrested. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department says Private First-Class Kavian Elder is in custody at their jail after being arrested by U-S Marshals and the Bourbon Police Department Tuesday night. Elder went missing on May 3. 

Date published: 13 June 2024, 3:57 am

Gun Found in Backpack of SPS Early Childhood Student, Investigation Underway

Springfield Police and Springfield Public Schools are investigating after a loaded gun was found in the backpack of a student at Mallory Early Childhood Center. Principal Melissa Knetzer said in a statement that a member of the staff at the school located the gun in the backpack of a three-year-old student. That staff member immediately …

Date published: 12 June 2024, 4:25 pm