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Mount Vernon man killed in Jasper County crash

1 hour 40 min ago

A two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Jasper County has killed a man from Mount Vernon. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2000 Buick Park Avenue driven by Joshua May, 42, struck a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer head-on on Route HH, three-miles west of Carthage at around 8:15 p.m. 

May died at the scene. The driver of the Trailblazer was transported to a Joplin hospital with serious injuries.  

Traffic alert on I-44 for Sunday night into Monday morning

1 hour 56 min ago

Drivers should watch for delays on I-44 Sunday night between Springfield and Strafford.

Crews will be making pavement repairs along a two mile stretch of the interstate starting at 7:00 p.m. The work should wrap up before Monday morning's drive time.  

Go green in MO and save money on appliances

2 hours 19 min ago

You could save some green this week for going green.

Missourians are being offered a temporary break on the state sales tax for energy-efficient appliances.

The annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday starts Sunday, April 19, and runs throughout the week until Saturday.

It lifts the state sales tax on dishwashers, refrigerators, washer and dryers and other appliances that carry the Energy Star label.

Fifty-three cities and 11 counties are honoring the tax break.  

Severe storm possible Sunday

3 hours 6 min ago

Some of us could see strong storms this afternoon and evening. The main threat with these storms will be large hail.

Spring turkey season starts Monday

3 hours 16 min ago

Monday marks the start of spring turkey season.

Beginning just before sunrise, hunters will be in the woods in the hopes of bagging a bird.  You can hunt until one in the afternoon.

Hunters can only take one turkey in the first week of the season.

The season runs through May 10.

Section of Mississippi River reopened after diesel fuel leak

4 hours 21 min ago

The Coast Guard says a 35-mile section of the Mississippi River has reopened after a pipeline ruptured and leaked diesel fuel in southwestern Illinois.

In a statement Saturday, the Coast Guard says the pipeline has been secured and the incident is under investigation.

Phillips 66 spokeswoman Melissa Erker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the company discovered a leak about 8:45 a.m. Friday. She says the leak stopped about 10 a.m. and the amount was about 25,000 gallons. 

The pipeline runs from the company's storage terminal to a loading dock near the Wood River Refinery, about 20 miles upriver from St. Louis.

Fuel was spotted in the Cahokia Canal, which drains into the river.

Thieves target man's car twice, take important documents

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:16pm

A man from Springfield is left without important papers and hundreds of dollars of items after burglars target his car twice in just three days.

"the jumper cables to my car, they ripped the radio from the dash, and now my car has got heater blowing all the time," burglary victim Francisco Beltran described. "They took the title to my car, they took a bunch of legal paperwork, and my birth certificate."

This isn't Beltran's first run-in with break-ins, just a few days ago, he caught a burglar trying to get into his car. "I asked him, what are you doing? You trying to break into my car?" Beltran said. "Surprisingly he said 'yeah' and I was in shock!" Instead of turning him in, Beltran decided to give the would-be-burglar a chance turn his life around.

"He told me he lived out of his car and I felt bad for the guy," Beltran said. "I've been in a predicament where I'm living out of my car, and I wanted to give this guy the benefit of the doubt." Now he thinks that act of forgiveness may have led to Friday night's criminal act.

"I dont believe in coincidence," Beltran said. "I tried putting myself in this gentleman's shoes and when it comes back to bite you on the butt, it just, it really is frustrating and gets you angry"

Even so, Beltran said he still wants to forgive whoever stole from from him, but most of all he wants his documents back.

"I've never been in this position, so I'm at a loss at where to go from here."

Beltran has contacted the Springfield Police and filed a police report. He plans on meeting with a detective next week.

Beltran added that during his encounter with the man during the burglary attempt, he took down information that could help police if he ran into the burglar again.

1 arrested, 1 injured after crash in central Springfield

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:26pm

One person was arrested and another was injured following a crash on a busy Springfield street Saturday night. 

Police on scene told KY3 News that the crash occurred just after 7:00 p.m. when a truck driven by an intoxicated person pulled out in front of another vehicle on S. Campbell Ave. in front of Bass Pro. 

The driver of the truck was taken into custody. A woman in the other vehicle was transported by ambulance to a Springfield hospital. 

Missouri parents guilty of caging autistic son

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 7:32pm

A St. Louis-area husband and wife have been found guilty of child endangerment for putting their autistic son in a makeshift cage.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury reached the guilty verdict Friday for 45-year-old Terry Smith and his 44-year-old wife, Victoria. The St. Charles County couple could face up to seven years in prison.

An anonymous call tipped authorities in December 2010, when the boy was 6.

When police, paramedics and a case worker responded, the boy's grandmother was watching him and five siblings. Authorities say she led them to the basement, where the autistic child was in a 3-foot-by-6-foot crib covered with a plywood top and held together with bungee cords and zip ties.

Investigators said he was naked and sitting in feces and urine.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com 

Pictures: 2nd Annual Diaper Derby at Battlefield Mall

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:53pm

The 2nd Annual Diaper Derby was held Saturday at the Battlefield Mall in Springfield. There were three divisions consisting of crawlers, beginning walkers and experienced walkers. The winner from each of the heats then competed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. Prizes included Simon American Express Giftcards and trophies. 

KY3's 3rd annual Safe and Sound Saturday

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:47pm

More than 12,000 people came out to KY3's 'Safe and Sound Saturday' at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

The KY3 team was there to meet our viewers and sign autographs, but KY3 Event Coordinator Tom Mast says this 3rd annual event is really about sharing helpful information with the public.

"How can we give back to the community in a positive way? How can we make sure that we're giving something that everybody could use, and everybody could use tips on how to live your life safer," says Mast.

From how to identify scams, to health information, to child and home safety, more than 120 vendors had all kinds of information for you and your loved ones.

"You can learn a lot of different things that are available to the community that you might not have known about before," says Amanda Larson, a visitor to the event who came with her husband and children.

Since it's severe weather season, visitors could find a lot of information about storm shelters. You could see and compare everything from a small safe rooms, to large shelters that can hold up to 60 people from a variety of shelter providers.

At the KY3 stage Ron Hearst and the KY3 Weather Team taught classes on staying safe during severe weather. Meanwhile little tykes like 5-year-old Zeke Flores waited in line to get a free bike helmet.

"You gotta be safe!" Zeke says.

Aaron Sachs and Associates donated nearly four thousand bike helmets at the event. They even gave two bikes and a Branson get-a-way to one family to celebrate 30,000 helmets the law firm has handed out since 1998.

"This is awesome, where you have all this safety information in one spot, and it's a day you can spend with your family and kid's get information too, so that's good," says Mary Grady, who brought her two grandsons to spend the day.

If you happened to miss this year's Safe and Sound, don't worry, we're already busy planning next year's event.

Rain & storm chances continue

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:39pm

After a wet Saturday rain and storm chance continue into Sunday. Some could see strong storms Sunday afternoon.

Eureka Springs man sentenced to 10-years in prison for distributing meth

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:37pm

A Eureka Springs man was sentenced to ten-years in prison Friday for distributing methamphetamine. 

According to a report issued by U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, 52-year-old Fernando Canales-Mendoza was convicted on two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

An undercover investigation which began in April 2014 revealed the distribution. During that 4-month investigation, officials say Canales-Mendoza sold an undercover agent $4,300 worth of meth. 

In August 2014, DEA agents executed an arrest warrant on Canales-Mendoza and a search warrant on his place of business, where they confiscated approximately 137 grams of methamphetamine.

Canales-Mendoza was originally indicated by a federal grand jury in September 2014 and found guilty in February 2015 following a two-day jury trial.

Aaron Sachs and Associates gives out 30,000th bike helmet at 'Safe and Sound Saturday'

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:24pm

Aaron Sachs and Associates have made bicycle safety a top priority for our kids in the Ozarks.

The law firm Saturday gave away its 30,000th bicycle helmet at 'Safe and Sound Saturday' at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Aaron Sachs and Associates has given away the free helmets at events since 1998.  The Green family from Springfield received free bicycles for the kids.  They also won a Branson vacation giveaway.

Aaron Sachs and Associates offer the free helmets at events like 'Safe and Sound Saturday.'  More than 4,000 kids received free helmets at the event.

Arrest in Springfield in 2012 leads to murder charges in Chicago

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:07pm

An arrest in Springfield in 2012 has led to murder charges in Chicago this week.

The Chicago Tribune reports police here arrested Patrick Calvin, now 21, following a car chase in Springfield on October 8, 2012. Police reported that guns were tossed out of the car Calvin was riding in when he was arrested. Springfield officers found a Glock Model 30 .45-caliber pistol in a yard near where Calvin was arrested, and investigators were later able to match the gun to shell casings at the scene of a killing on a Chicago highway.

This week, prosecutors in Cook County, Ill. charged Calvin and two other men in the shooting death of a man who was driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago in September 2012. Court records say the suspects were aiming at another person in the car.

It is not clear why Calvin was in Springfield. There is no record on a Missouri courts website of any charges having been filed against him in Greene County after the arrest.  

Phillips 66: 25K gallons of diesel fuel leaks into Mississippi River

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 5:23pm

A 35-mile section of the Mississippi River has been closed after Phillips 66 says about 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked in southwestern Illinois.

Spokeswoman Melissa Erker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the company discovered a leak about 8:45 a.m. Friday in a pipeline that runs from its storage terminal to a barge loading dock near the Wood River Refinery, which is about 20 miles upriver from St. Louis, Missouri.

Fuel was spotted in the Cahokia Canal, which drains into the river. Erker said the leak stopped about 10 a.m. and that the amount was about 25,000 gallons.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Kim Biggs said her agency, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard were on site Friday. The IEPA declined to provide an estimate.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com 

Arkansas panel weighing how to administer lobbying law

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 5:22pm

Arkansas Ethics Commission members are determining how they will administer a new law restricting their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists. Act 1280 was passed by the Legislature this year and grants a grace period to any lawmaker or other state elected official who unintentionally accepts a prohibited gift from a lobbyist and returns it within 30 days. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that commission director Graham Sloan says his agency will have to decide whether such a violation is unintentional. But commission chairman William Bird III wondered how the commission would determine whether the official unintentionally accepted a prohibited gift in these cases if the commission can't conduct an investigation.  

Thanks for making 'Safe and Sound Saturday' a big success

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:56pm

KY3 Inc. would like to thank everyone for making 'Safe and Sound Saturday' another big success.  

More than 12,000 visitors showed up to the one-day safety event Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  The third-annual free safety show featured vendors across the Ozarks focused on keeping your family safe and healthy.  

'Safe and Sound Saturday' moved to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds for the first time in 2015. 

Downtown business part arcade, part history museum

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:10pm

Retro seems to be in these days, and the 1980’s seem to be the target destination for the Way Back Machine in downtown Springfield.

The arcade 1984 is all in with the 80s. Seven partners operate the S. Jefferson Ave. business that takes its visitors back to the days when days when video arcades were the place to spend your quarters after school and on weekends. If you want to take that step back at 1984, you’ll have to do it after school or on weekends. The arcade operates from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The arcade is a joint venture of seven partners – friends and family - who opened 1984 in 2005. Co-owner John MacDonnell said the arcade is a nice counterpoint to the modern home gaming systems. “The new games can be fun, but it seems most of their effort goes into eye candy. They look wonderful, with movie quality effects, but generally the play isn’t all that spectacular. The classic games didn’t have such graphics power and on top of that people had to pay every time they wanted to play, so the games had to make sure they were fun and engaging and a challenge regardless, which is why they’re still popular today.”

You might think a walk through 1984 would find a group of middle-aged men reliving their teen years. “To be honest, back in 2005 when we first opened, that’s what we were kind of expecting, but immediately we were pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of people coming in. We truly have no demographic - pretty much an even spread for age and gender all across the board,” MacDonnell explained. “We’ve seen all ages here ranging from young children being introduced to games for the first time by their parents, to people in their sixties, seventies, or even older. It’s also been very interesting to see that a strong element of our customers are women. Back in the 80s it seemed the arcades were predominantly a ‘guy’ thing. Usually when I saw a girl in an arcade, odds are she was there with her boyfriend and she was ready to leave. That’s really changed today. Of course there will be mothers bringing their kids, but women of all ages, alone or for a ‘girls’ night out’ are regular customers.”

While the customers are of all ages, the games are not. They’re old. All of them. Each machine is at least 25 years old. That presents a special challenge for the partners. “Our machines are originals, so in a very real sense we’re a preservation museum as well. Many of the games are over thirty years old so, given the amount of play they get, we will be doing repairs on something virtually every day,” MacDonnell said. “Most things are general maintenance and simple repairs, but sometimes it can be substantial. The biggest issue there is many of the parts aren’t made any more, even down to relatively simple switches and buttons, so making repairs and still keeping things original can be tricky at times.”

1984 aims to give the visitor a full 1980s experience. As you play, you can hear music from the 80’s videos played on monitors around the arcade. There’s also a room with a television constantly playing hit movies from the 80s. The TV is a Zenith, made in Springfield before the plant closed in 1991.

Despite the efforts to recall the past, MacDonnell says a trip to 1984 is more than a trip down memory lane. “Our visitors come to have fun. Some have been here before, some are discovering us for the first time. Some people are old enough to remember the arcades from back in the day, and some while they may have played an old game or two have never had a true arcade experience. Some people have never played the classic games and are curious. No matter what brought them in, we do our best to make sure they have a great time and are happier after sharing time with us than when they came in.”

The genesis of 1984 goes back to 1984, when MacDonnell and many of his friends/partners graduated high school. Each began to collect the games as they fell out of favor in the arcades. As their collections grew, they saw a chance to bring the games together, for themselves. “Even then we didn’t immediately think of opening an arcade. At first it was the notion of finding a cheap office somewhere so we could store them all someplace (other than our living rooms and offices) and then we could play them all at once. The more it was discussed idea grew into starting up a clubhouse and once the notion of making membership open to the public was raised it was just a short step from that idea opening up a proper arcade.”

Call it research, but the writer and his two kids – aged 19 and 14 – spent part of a Friday afternoon at 1984. For me, it was nostalgic, playing the games I played at arcades in Springfield and Columbia, and the bowling alley and convenience stores in my home town of Mt. Vernon. I played games like Pole Position, Asteroids, GORF, Frogger, Missile Command and Space Invaders. I’ll bet I haven’t played Space Invaders in more than 30 years. After all, by 1984, Space Invaders was passé – its monochrome green graphics replaced by the more colorful games like Frogger and Pac Man.

My kids, raised on the Nintendo 64, Game Cube and Sony PlayStations found the games interesting. My son tried Asteroids and set a high score. I couldn’t let it stand. I played one game just to top it. I have to admit, the games were harder than I remember. They were more challenging than the home games we have now.

The good news: I didn’t run out of quarters. The arcade has a flat admission price you pay for unlimited play on all of the machines. It’s also an all-day pass, so you can come and go as you please. 1984 features about 80 classic arcade games. If you want a true retro experience with your quarters, you can use them on the half-dozen or so pinball machines in play.

I am proud to say I outlasted my kids. My 14-year-old son said his back hurt after about 90 minutes. These kids with their couches and video game chairs. They don’t know what it was like to spend hours hunched over Donkey Kong or pound the roller ball on Missile Command until your wrist and the heel of your hand ached.

MacDonnell says for most visitors, it’s about the experience. “It’s about quality rather than quantity. Many people don’t try to play as many games as they can, but rather they find the three or four they have the most fun with and stick with them. Others play a few games then sit and watch our 80s music videos or what we have playing on the old Zenith TV. Some sit and read our selection of 80s magazines or just chat with friends at the snack bar. There’s more to an arcade than just the games and our customers spend as long or as little as they like to enjoy that.”

MacDonnell and his partners will celebrate 10 years in business this July. They outlasted many expectations. “The ‘experts’, arcade owners who had lived through the decline of the arcades in the late 80s, gave their opinion we were doomed to fail. So, when we opened July 5, 2005, our expectations were optimistic, but cautious. That first weekend was a smashing success and it’s taken off from there.”  

Pictures: Thousands learn safety 'Safe and Sound Saturday' in Springfield #2

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 2:41pm

KY3's 'Safe and Sound Saturday' showcased safety businesses and organizations across the Ozarks. Thousands this year attended the free event at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.