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Thief thwarts good deed by smashing window and stealing donations

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:50pm

Waiting at a repair shop for a shattered window replacement was not where the day was supposed to end for Mike Dobrick. When he told his wife, Lori, she was heartsick, she exclaimed, "It just kills me."

Her feelings weren't so much for the window, but for what was stolen when a thief smashed the glass to get inside her husband's truck.

All but about 6 of 42 purses were swiped.

"If you needed a purse, I would have bought you a purse," Lori explained. "I would have filled it for you."

Lori means it.

She and some of her coworkers at Hubble Elementary School in Marshfield collected the purses and stuffed them full of personal necessities like hats that were handmade by a friend.

The purses were to be delivered on Tuesday to the woman who runs a Springfield charity called Hearts for the Homeless.

"I just feel so bad she had a place, she had a name for each purse that it was going to go to and winter is coming up. They have no hot hands, gloves, beanies, scarves, nothing now," Lori said.

Since Lori's husband works in Springfield, he was going to drop them off at the end of his day.

The purses were hidden in his truck while he was working at one of the Primrose Marketplace stores off of Glenstone Ave., but sometime between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., the culprit smashed in the passenger window and took off with nearly all the donations.

Lori can't help but think of the women who were meant to get those gifts.

"I have so much I'm thankful for. I kind of really wish these people were getting one little thing to be thankful for," she said. "It's heartbreaking."

It cost the couple nearly $200 to repair the window; they also have to fix the regulator, but it was a little too expensive for them to get all the work done in one day.

Lori said this crime has not deterred her desire to help people. She and her colleagues will start another purse collection and try to have it ready around Christmas. This time, though, the packages will not be stored in the truck on delivery day.

Information on Hearts for the Homeless can be found here and here.

Woman killed in exchange of gunfire at business off of Ozark square

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:31pm

The Missouri Highway Patrol says a woman was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire outside a business off the Ozark square.

Somer Brook Speer, 37, was found dead of a gunshot wound at her business 417 Bail Bondsmen shortly after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.  That is located on North Avenue.  

Investigators say another bail bondsmen was serving a warrant for Speer's arrest. That's when the gunfire started.  Speer's bond had been revoked in a case involving a car crash out of Greene County in May.  Investigators are not clear at this time who shot and killed Speer.  

Witnesses say they heard several shots fired.  The shooting led to a lockdown of buildings around the square.


Billings man harvests 22-point deer: That's a doe!

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:22pm

For deer hunters, getting the chance to harvest a deer with a massive rack is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But a Billings man harvested a deer that most hunters wouldn't see in 100 lifetimes. A 22-point deer would be a highlight for almost any deer hunter. "There were several guys that knew that deer was out there," says Curtis Russell who harvested the deer. But for Russell, harvesting the 22-point deer caught on his game camera had become almost an obsession. "I set up in place and sat there for about three hours, they never came so I started moving and they popped out on me and I had to go back and do a little belly crawling through the woods," says Russell. "Got to about 175 yards and the deer finally turned broad side and I was able to put it down." When Russell got close enough to touch his trophy he noticed the deer wasn't quite what he expected. "It was acting like a buck, pushing a little buck around that was with the group and I really thought it was a buck when I shot," says Russell. But Russell's trophy buck was actually a doe. "Immediately I had sent a picture to my son," says Russell, "It's just something you never expect to see."   "There's a couple different situations where this may occur; one, the doe may simply have a high level of male hormone such as testosterone," says Derek Farwell with the Missouri Department of Conservation who verified Russell's 22-point doe, "The other situation is maybe a hermaphrodite where it has the reproductive organs of both the male and female deer." No matter the reason behind it, Russell says the deer is no less a trophy. "Going to go on the wall; something to tell stories about all throughout my life I guess," says Russell.

Derek Farwell with the Missouri Department of Conservation says of the almost 250,000 deer harvested in the state each year about five are antlered does, but he has never seen one with that many points.

Rams WR Bailey has surgery after being shot in Florida

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:14pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey has undergone several hours of surgery in Florida for a bullet wound in the head. The team says he's stable but remains in intensive care.

Police say Bailey was shot Tuesday as he and four others were sitting in a car outside a home in the Miami area, where he went to high school. Another man also was wounded in the attack. Investigators say they're still looking for the shooter, who fired from another car.

Bailey was suspended this month for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and had two more weeks to go on that suspension. Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he doesn't expect Bailey to play again this season.

Bailey is in his third season with the Rams.

Police identify man responsible for recent alarming armed robberies and carjackings

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:00pm

Police say a man wanted for a felony parole violation is also wanted for questioning in multiple armed robberies in Springfield.

Police identify him as Justin Russell.  

During those robberies, police say someone attacked multiple women, displaying a gun.  Police say the suspect demanded purses and threatened to kill them.  Police believe the suspect in those armed robberies is also involved in a car-jacking where a woman was trying to pick up her child from a school.

The Greater Springfield Area Crimes Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and filing of charges.  Please call (417) 869-TIPS.

Flooding likely this weekend

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:45pm

Heavy rain will produce flash flooding for the Ozarks this weekend. Find out how much rain may fall by watching the forecast.

Most shoppers plan to do at least some holiday shopping online

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:45pm

Even before the Thanksgiving turkey is done, many of you are making plans for Black Friday shopping.   At Walmart, their black Friday deals start on Thanksgiving Day.  Not a lot of folks we found say they'll be shopping tomorrow, but they all plan to do one thing in common, do at least part of their shopping online.

The Black Friday deals will include TVs, gaming consoles and all sorts of toys. Walmart is rolling out the in-store deals at 6PM Thanksgiving day.  "The store will be open 24 hours; it's open all day Thursday, but the deals won't start until 6PM," says Walmart spokesperson Blake Jackson.  Many are sure to show up, but some aren't waiting for those deals, or will save the shopping for later.

"I won't do it til Friday. I'm still going to do Thanksgiving tomorrow and leave it at that, and keep Black Friday Black Friday," says Springfield shopper Lori Booth. Some will avoid the crowds in the stores.  "No, I don't like crowds," says Brian Bauer.

But come Friday, some will be up before the sun.  "Probably not too early, but probably about 6, somewhere like that. My daughters and I, we make a tradition of doing that every year," Booth says.

But everyone we asked plans to do at least some of their shopping online.  "It's easier. You find what you want and it's just so much easier to do. I could really do it all online, but I like to get out and shop," says Georgia Schultz.

Bauer says, "I think it's a lot safer, and it's a lot easier for me."

Walmart says it's doing its best to cater to every shopping style.  "We want to have great service, great items, and great prices here in the store, but we miss the mark if we're not also doing that online and in our app. And we've made a real focus of that this year," says Jackson.

Many retailers also offer free shipping this time of the year for all you online shoppers. Walmart says they ship orders over 50 dollars for free all year long.

Scam of the Week: Don't cash this paycheck

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:37pm

It can be a very expensive time of the year with gifts to buy and holiday dinners. 

Many people look for seasonal jobs to bring in extra cash. Click delete if you see this job listing in your inbox.  It's the Scam of the Week.

"Three hundred dollars a week. Who would not want to have that?" asked Jeannie Guillen. Guillen lives in Lebanon and works in Springfield. She could cash-in on her commute. All she has to do is put Full Throttle energy drink ads on her car. "It would be great advertisement," she said. It's an easy way to make extra money. She responded to the email. She got her paycheck.

"I received the priority mail.  It was addressed and inside of it was the two thousand dollar check. I looked it over and it looks like a legit check from a bank. Anyone would go ahead and deposit it and think it's real," said Guillen. Guillen was instructed to cash the check, then send some back. It just so happens, Guillen works for a graphics company.

"Why should I send money to China when we do wraps and graphics here? she asked. The swindler hoped she'd cash the check, then send back more than one thousand dollars before the check would bounce. She'd be out the money and her ID would be in jeopardy.

How can you spot a fake check? Go the American Bankers Association website. Plug in the routing number and see if it matches a bank.

Guillen's check has a legit routing number. Contact KY3 called the bank. The account number is bogus. Never hesitate to call or show a bank teller a questionable check.  

6PM Report: Witnesses describe shooting off square in Ozark

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:18pm

The Missouri Highway Patrol says a woman was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire outside a business off the Ozark square.

Somer Brook Speer, 37, was found dead of a gunshot wound at her business 417 Bail Bondsmen shortly after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.  That is located on North Avenue.  

A Thanksgiving baking tradition for one Springfield advertising agent

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:58pm

Thanksgiving is a food holiday and a family holiday.  And when he's in the kitchen, a Springfield advertising agent is faithful to his family's home-made heritage. Savor the flavor of this story from KY3's Steve Grant.  

Veterinarian says no Thanksgiving feast for Fido

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:46pm

You might be trying to keep from getting a belly ache at Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, but local veterinarians say your dog can get sick from the turkey feast too.

A veterinarian office in Springfield says their waiting room fills up fast on Black Fridays with pets who ate something they shouldn't have during Thanksgiving.

At Hometown Vererinary Hospital, vet Kara Amstutz suggests you only let your furry friends eat their normal pet food.

Keep in mind that chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, ham, and avocado can all be dangerous to a pet, even toxic.

Amstutz says one of the big worries is fatty foods which can send your animal to the hospital with pancreatic problems.

"The other big thing is turkey bones or ham bones. Dogs can eat that and it can become obstructive and require surgery to remove it and that obviously is not something you want to be doing the weekend of Thanksgiving, or on Black Friday. You don't want to be spending that day in your vets office," says Amstutz.

She suggests you explain to Thanksgiving guests that you don't want your pet to eat human food, and keep the pets away from the dinner table until the food is put away.

She says in case your pet sneaks some scraps, call your vet if you see symptoms such as: vomiting, diarrhea, shivering, hiding, or drinking excessive water to soothe their stomach.

Angie's List: Understanding brake noises

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:32pm

No noise is good noise when it comes to your vehicle's brakes, but what happens when you do hear a squeak, squeal or grind?

You're driving along and everything's fine until you hear a little squeak as you begin to stop. It could be the call of a big repair bill or it might be nothing. "It could be dirt and it could be the pads are starting to glaze over. Sometimes a couple of really good, hard stops will fix that, but if it continues, it's best to have it looked at," said Fred Kuhn, Automotive service technician. "If your brakes squeak when you stop, that might just mean that your brakes need lubricated and don't need replaced. But if you do hear a high-pitched squeal that goes away when there's added pressure put to the brakes, that's a sign that you need new brake pads and should be checked out right away," said Angie Hicks. The sound that should cause your heart to pound is the grind. Some might describe it as a low growl. That noise indicates rotor damage, which is a major safety issue. "If the brake pad is chewing into the rotor, that can cause that wheel to lock up, whether it's on the front of the vehicle or the rear of the vehicle," said Robert Vawter, Automotive service technician. If the rotors are damaged, ask your technician about replacing them instead of trying a repair. "Nowadays, a lot of places are cheaper to replace pads and rotors than to resurface. You also get a much better brake job with a much better longevity of the pads," said Kuhn. The cost of a brake job can vary widely depending on the type of vehicle and the extent of the damage, but expect to pay between 200 and 300 dollars if you only need new pads. Double that if you also need new rotors. New pads could last anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 miles depending on how you drive.

Consumer Reports: Should you buy Amazon's $50 tablet?

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:31pm

The Amazon ad for its new $50 Fire tablet says it has the power and features you want for the price of a tank of gas. After testing the $50 Fire, experts at Consumer Reports say there’s not much it won’t do, but there’s plenty it won’t do well. Compared with the popular Apple iPad Mini 4 that starts at $400, the Fire took five times as long to load a page full of text and graphics. And there’s a visible difference in the display quality. Consumer Reports also says the sound isn’t great because it has only one speaker and it’s on the back. If you put the tablet on a flat surface or against something soft, it is going to sound muffled. So it’s not the kind of tablet for listening to music. What would you use the Fire for? It’s fine for streaming a movie — although better for content than for quality — and for simple gaming, email, and social media. It would also make a pretty good kids’ tablet. As with other Amazon tablets, the Fire limits you to buying apps in the Amazon app store, which offers about 300,000 options. That sounds like a lot, but it’s actually much fewer than what’s available from either Apple or Google. The Fire does have a wider viewing angle than most other inexpensive tablets. And it has a decent eight-hour battery life. Some tablets that size have less than six. Consumer Reports says although Amazon’s $50 tablet isn’t the best it has tested, the Fire is comparable to some tablets that are twice the price.

5PM Report: Police investigating shots fired on the Ozark square

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:16pm

Law enforcement from Ozark Police Department, the Christian County Sheriff's Department and the Greene County Sheriff's Office are working a crime scene near the square in the Ozark.

A person close to the incident says shots were fired near a bail bond office off the square.  There is a heavy police presence around the scene.  Witnesses have told us they have had to leave the scene.

Pictures: Officers work standoff near Ozark square

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:44pm

Law enforcement from Ozark Police Department, the Christian County Sheriff's Department and the Greene County Sheriff's Department are working a crime scene near the square in the Ozark.

A person close to the incident says shots were fired near a bail bond office off the square.  There is a heavy police presence around the scene.  Witnesses said they had to leave the scene.

Watch for updates.

KY3 News Ozark Life archives: 50-year-old memories of Boy Scout Band, 1988

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:41pm

R. Ritchie Robertson was the creator and leader of the famous and historic Boy Scout Band in Springfield in the 1920s and '30s. He was also a promoter. It was the largest such band in the USA at the time.

Robertson also created the Kilties at Central High School, a female drum and bugle corps that continues to perform to this day. Three former members of the Kilties and the Boy Scout Band remembered Robertson and his strict but successful promotion of their unique bands.

KY3's Ed Fillmer found old film of the band and produced this Ozark Life report in 1988.

Diner on Route 66 offers free Thanksgiving feast

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:36pm

It's anything but business as usual inside Tubby's diner on Historic Route 66 in Springfield where they are switching from burgers and fries to a full feast with all the fixings. "We buy fresh USA turkeys," said Jason Russell, the owner.

"We buy real potatoes, and we sit and peel and make real mashed potatoes we make gravy from scratch we make the dressing from scratch," he said. This year Tubby's is the little restaurant that could, cooking up one-hundred birds and prepping some 400 pounds of potatoes. "Even though it's in large quantities, it's one bird at a time.  We season them and cook them and carve them and make sure everybody gets a good quality meal," Russell said. The diner closed down early Wednesday to prepare the mega feast.  It will be free for the masses Thursday starting at 10 a.m.  Anyone looking for food and fellowship is welcome. "This year we've reached out to food banks and as many people as possible to get the word out.  If they run out of food or have more people than they can serve to, please send them our direction," Russell said.

Tubby's is looking for help.  The feast carries a pricetag of about $3,000.  To help, you can visit the restaurant's GoFundMe page or just stop by the diner on College Street to make a donation.

Police investigating suspicious activity involving child in Nixa

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 1:57pm

Nixa Police are seeking information from the public regarding a report of suspicious activity that occurred Wednesday morning.

Around 10:30 a.m., the Nixa Police Department received a citizen report of a 2000-2003 red Chrysler Town and Country or Dodge Caravan minivan bearing a possible Missouri handicapped license plate #B439D, was stopped on the side of the road near Gregg Road and Northview Road. The citizen reported that a white male child approximately 10-years-old wearing a lime green hoody and blue jeans exited out of the stopped minivan and ran across the road.  The citizen also reported that an older white male driver approximately 60-years-old, white hair and glasses, exited the van, ran after the child and returned to the vehicle with the child.  The vehicle was last seen driving southbound on Gregg Road.  

Police say there are no reports of any missing children.

Officers checked the area and did not locate anything.  Anyone with any information about this reported incident please contact the Nixa Police Department at 582-1030 or call 911.

Travel headaches on Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:56pm

Heavy rain and flooding across the midwest