Shoppers took a break from bargain hunting to sign a get well card for a police officer injured in the line of duty.
Radio station 105.1 Bob FM placed a large card in one of the corridors of the Battlefield Mall Saturday afternoon. Shoppers were encouraged to write notes of support for Springfield Police office Aaron Pearson.
Pearson was seriously injured last Monday when he was shot while responding to a call about a suspicious person near the intersection of Chestnut Expressway and N. Glenstone. Police Chief Paul Williams said Pearson suffered a serious, "career ending" head injury.
Joshua Hagood is jailed without bond on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. He was arrested hiding in a used car lot near the scene of the shooting.
A stop for coffee paid off big for a woman from Springfield.
Jan Hiegert bought a “Crossword Time!” Scratchers ticket at Rapid Roberts, 3351 E. Sunshine in Springfield, on Jan. 23. She uncovered the top prize of $50,000 later that evening at home.
“I thought it was $500, then $5,000,” recalled Hiegert. “After realizing it was $50,000, I texted my daughter – ‘Call me ASAP!’”
When her daughter did call, she said, “I can’t think of a more deserving person!”
Heigert, a health manager, said she would use the money to pay bills and become debt free.
“Crossword Time!” is a $3 game that officially began Nov. 24, 2014. This is the second of eight top prizes to be claimed. More than $8 million in prizes remain. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game at MOLottery.com.
A hardwood business near Brighton sustained heavy damage following a massive fire Friday night.
Flames erupted just before 9:00pm at Missouri Hardwood Products. No word on what started the fire. KY3 crews on the scene observed a shop or warehouse that likely looked like a total loss due to the blaze.
Several bright flashes or explosions were also spotted by the KY3 photographer.
KY3's Sara Forhetz visits with FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe.
Eight Arkansas Scholarship Lottery workers could have their positions axed if the lottery becomes part of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the move could reduce salaries by more than $400,000 a year. State Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, has proposed legislation that would create an Arkansas Lottery Division in the finance department, require the governor to appoint the lottery director and abolish the nine-member Lottery Commission. Hickey amended the bill to place the lottery in the finance department rather than the state Department of Higher Education, after Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the lottery would fit better in the finance department. Tim Leathers, deputy director of the finance department, says the proposal didn't reflect "any conclusion" yet.
Fort Leonard Wood’s top soldier is headed to the Pentagon for a new assignment.
The Army Chief of Staff has announced that Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, is slated to become the deputy to the Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, District of Columbia.
As Smith leaves Fort Leonard Wood, Brig. Gen. Kent Savre will take the helm as MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general.
It’s a return to the Ozarks for the new commander. Savre is an engineer, who was the director of the Counter Explosive Hazards Center at Fort Leonard Wood from 2005 to 2007.
Savre comes to Fort Leonard Wood from the U.S. Army Engineer Division, North Atlantic, Brooklyn, New York, where he was the commanding general.
A shorter school week may soon make the grade in one Ozarks district.
Pierce City’s school board appears poised to approve switching to a four-day school week. The board may make the move at its February 18th meeting. A survey of parents there shows support at better than 2-1.
Superintendent Russ Moreland said if the board approves, he wants a two year trial run.
School officials in Miller are also considering a four day week. Transportation costs for the rural district are the major issue.. Students would spend more time in class in each of the four days.
An Owensville, Missouri, man is dead following a boating accident on the Gasconade River.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division reports two men were traveling upstream in a 1991 Alweld jon boat when it struck a rock around 8:00 pm Friday, upstream from Morton's Bluff. The boat then experienced engine malfunction, became caught in a current and sank.
Authorities say the passenger, Neal J Turnbough, 57, was recovered by the Owensville Fire Department and was pronounced dead on scene. The boat's operator was not injured.
FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe makes two dips. One is cream cheese and a can of your favorite chili. The other is cream cheese and a can of salsa. Both are very tasty!
Watch the video above to see Your Movie Friend Aaron Dicer weigh in on "Black or White," and "Project Almanac."
An Osage Beach man is dead following a motor vehicle crash early Saturday morning.
The Osage Beach Police Dept. reports the crash occurred on Lazy Days Road just before 2:00 am when the driver of a 2007 Mercury Milan crossed the centerline, overcorrected, ran off the road and struck two trees.
That driver, Nicholas J. Voorhees, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Voorhees appeared to have been traveling at high speeds just before the crash. No one else was injured.
Officers located the vehicle after complaints that someone was continuously sounding a vehicle horn. Upon arrival, they discovered the car's horn was sounding due to airbag deployment.
Drizzle starts off Saturday with heavier rain moving in later and overnight. Sunday will be wet, cold and windy.
A hardwood business in Brighton was consumed by fire on Friday night. It happened at Missouri Hardwood Products at around 9:00 pm. Nobody was inside at the time flames broke out. No word yet on a cause.
Despite a nearly-$2-million renovation, and current redevelopment project going on (History Museum on the Square and the Heer’s building), Park Central’s reputation may be in the most need of makeover. That’s according to many people who work and live in buildings around the square.
“I do try to walk back and for with a group of people to my car when we leave,” stated Lori Lynch, a state office worker who said she generally feels safe on the square. “But yes, I think it can be kind of questionable sometimes.”
Resident Cody Daniels describes a scary encounter he had with a robber on the square.
“He basically pushed us up against that wall right there and was like, ‘let me see your wallet,’ and he took my driver’s license and my social security card- all my credit cards.”
Opinions about the safety of the square are pretty mixed. But, employees at one agency located on the square say their well being has become a top concern.
A new report looks on instabilities of the Greene County Children’s Division of Family Services reveals an employee turnover rate of almost 50%. Workers blame high caseloads, staff shortages, low salaries, and fear of where work is located.
“Many workers have to work overnight and weekends,” said Mary Ann Jennings,, Professor of Social Work at Missouri State University. “And that is a very dangerous place for them to be especially if they have to have children with them.”
A quick check of the City of Springfield’s online crime reports shows some incidents on and around the square in the last six months. Most crimes are include thefts, drugs, vehicle break-ins, and assaults.
Police have beefed up their presence in recent years, and that has brought some additional peace of mind.
“I do see officers patrolling the area a lot, I see them several times come through,” explained Lynch. “Yes, it has definitely changed.”
Rain is heading into the Ozarks this weekend and may end as a bit of snow. Find out what to expect by watching the weather.
Georgia, a 4 year old boxer, is new to the idea of getting some T-L-C. She was brought to the Boxer/Schnauzer rescue group earlier this week. Springfield Veterinary Center works with the Rescue to make sure they get all the medical attention they need." For all that she has been through she is so sweet and is loving and forgiving," says Runion. " You would think she wouldn't be after what she suffered of the hands of people."
Georgia was brought into the rescue from a drug raid. The other dog that was with her at the home, died of starvation. Georgia is suffering from medical issues herself, her leg has some wounds on it. " Georgia is in pretty bad shape physically," says Runion. "She is heart worm positive. She has intestinal parasites, she's just in, her body condition is very poor. She's under-weight."
Georgia's foster mom, Kim Ewing, is working on plumping her up, but her other medical issues will rack up a vet bill of around $800. " We try to open our homes to them and love them and give them the care they need but the vet bill climbs and climbs," says Ewing.
Which is why the rescue group is asking for help. In the last week, it's received dogs, in similar or worse shape than Georgia, amounting to $8,000 in medical expenses so far. " That limits how many we can save," says Ewing. " So if we can get help paying that down, that does help. Every little bit helps." Money that would help Georgia and the other pups like her, get healthy and be able to find forever, loving homes. There are several ways to donate: Springfield Veterinary Center at 3322 South Campbell Avenue, By paypal to BSROzarks@gmail.com or by Visiting BSRO.org - click on the " donate" button.
A Sparta man plans on suing the Sparta Police Department after he was tased at a traffic stop. 68-year-old Bobby Estep says the officer used excessive force, but the Sparta Police Chief disagrees.
The incident happened on January 22 while Estep was driving home. Estep said he was pulled over for speeding and lane violations. Estep said during the stop the officer approached the car, demanded he get out of the car. Estep said before he was able to get out, the officer tased him, while he was still sitting in the car.
Estep said injuries from the incident sent him to the hospital.
The officer issued Estep several tickets after the stop. Those tickets were for speeding, failure to maintain a lane, resisting arrest and failure to comply with a lawful order of police.
Sparta Police Chief Rick Crawshaw confirmed the tasing happened. He said the officer involved in the incident is still on active duty and the Sparta Police Department believes the use of force was justified.
Estep's lawyer, Kevin Elmer, disagreed with Crawshaw.
"Based on what my client has told me and what I've gathered so far, I think it's pretty clear his Fourth Amendment rights were violated," Elmer said. "When you're sitting in your car talking on a cell phone and an officer walks up and tases you in a few seconds, I thin it's pretty clear that's unreasonable."
The Sparta Board of Aldermen approved dashboard cameras for Sparta Police cruisers last month. The police department just received those cameras on Thursday, and they were not installed when Estep was tased.
Elmer said he and Estep plan on fighting the tickets and suing the Sparta Police Department.
Dr. John Bentley was named the 2015 Springfieldian at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Friday. Bentley completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and went on to finish his training in Internal Medicine at University of Wisconsin in 1968. He then practiced medicine at St. John's, now Mercy Hospital Springfield, for 35 years. What began as a volunteer position with The Kitchen Clinic in 1980 evolved into a directorship in 1985 and ultimately, his role with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, where he has served as a family practitioner for 11 years. He has seen Jordan Valley grow from a small storefront on East Division with two doctors and two nurse practitioners to a medical and dental clinic with locations in Springfield, Marshfield, Hollister, and Republic. Personally and professionally, Bentley is committed to helping provide a safety net for area individuals who might otherwise find it difficult to get the care they need. He established the Bentley Fund through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to help provide financial assistance to individuals to cover expenses for medical and dental care. Bentley's years of service in the medical field have been recognized by the community. He is one of only a handful of individuals to be recognized with the Missourian Award, the Humanitarian Award and the Springfieldian Award. In 1999, he received the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Salute to Healthcare Award. He has also been the recipient of the Gift of Time Volunteer of the Year Award in 2000, the Humanitarian of the Year in 2002, and the Citizenship and Community Service Award in 2003 from the Missouri State Medical Association. In 2010, Dr. Bentley was honored with the Missourian Award. Bentley's family includes his wife, Roseann Knauer Bentley, who is a Greene County Commissioner and a former state senator, four children—Jeff Bentley, Christopher Bentley, Melissa Bentley Allen, and Jonathan Bentley—and 12 grandchildren. For more than 50 years, the Chamber has honored an outstanding individual for leadership and commitment to our community. The Springfieldian is a citizen who has exemplified outstanding community service, excellence in his or her chosen profession and dedication to improving the quality of life for Springfield and its citizens.
We did our own Matthew McConnaughey spoof video of his Lincoln commercials. However, our ad never left the parking lot.
We this Matthew McConnaughey spoof video mirroring his Lincoln commercial featuring the bull. The bull in our commercial is Ned Reynolds