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Great lake weather this weekend

8 min 44 sec ago

The dry weather will continue for several more days. However there is a chance for rain over the Labor Day weekend. Find out which day may be wet by watching the forecast.

List of Missouri deteriorating bridges keeps growing

22 min 30 sec ago

More and more old bridges are wearing out across Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Transportation says the funding to fix them just isn't there. "The deck on this bridge is basically wore out. The traffic as you've seen, and as you can hear, is tremendous, a high percentage of trucks. The impact on the bridge is significant," sais MoDOT bridge engineer David O'Connor about the eastbound Interstate 44 bridge over the Spring River in Lawrence County. 

Winter weather treatments also take a toll, as does age.  Thus bridge is 50 years old.

"In the spring, they may be out here every week because of the freeze-thaw and all of the moisture," said O'Connor. 

It's now scheduled to get a new deck in 2017. But others, like one on Highway H, are on a list of 641 bridges in critical need of attention and not on the repair list.

"You're starting to see evidence of the rust coming through, which is evidence of the reinforcing in there starting to rust. In the near future, I would expect we start to see some of this concrete falling off of here," said O'Connor.

O'Connor says bridges are usually inspected every two years but, when they start to deteriorate, he and other engineers look at them as often as every three months. 

"Every job, we make decisions about 'Is this the most critical?  Is this going to be the most impact on the public if we don't do it?'" he said. MoDOT says replacing all the critical bridges would cost more than $820 million, which is impossible with current funding. If something doesn't change, MoDOT estimates the list of critical bridges will be about 1,500 in 10 years.

O'Connor says, if a bridge is unsafe, they will close it, or they'll post weight limits whenever needed; it's just important that drivers obey those postings for everyone's safety.

Missouri could lose up to $400 million in federal highway funding help without more matching state revenue from fuel taxes. 

The push for a two cents-per-gallon increase in the fuel tax ran out of gas in the last legislative session.

Teen faces robbery charge in adult court after man was stabbed in Lake Norfork

46 min 35 sec ago

There are two additional developments in this case since the original news release on Monday afternoon.

The knife believed to have been used by Anna Runau to assault and stab the victim was recovered. A diver with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission found the knife on the lake bottom in approximately nine feet of water about 50 feet from the shoreline on Monday evening in the general area where Runau said she threw it.

The folding-type knife was taken into evidence and will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for forensic processing. The victim sustained seven stab wounds, one of which was approximately five inches deep. He has been moved out of the hospital ICU and is in stable condition.

Also Tuesday, Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge charged the 17-year-old arrestee as an adult in the criminal division of the Baxter County Circuit Court. She can now be identified as Kendall Skye Desetta.  The prosecutor filed only a single felony charge of aggravated robbery against Desetta.

The formal charge was filed on Tuesday and a bench warrant issued for her arrest. She is not believed to have been an active participant in the knife assault against the victim. Therefore, she will not be charged with attempted first-degree murder that the other suspect, Anna Runau, faces.

Desetta was transferred from a juvenile detention center to the Baxter County Jail where she was served with the warrant and booked. She will be held in lieu of bond while awaiting trial. 

Desetta told investigators that the knife recovered from the lake is the one used in the assault.  She has a bond of $100,000, while Runau is in jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond on her two felony charges.

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An 18-year-old woman from Gassville, Anna Renae Runau,  and a 17-year-old girl, also from Gassville, were arrested for a stabbing incident that was reported early Monday.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Department was notified at approximately 4:10 a.m. by personnel from the hospital in Mountain Home that a 44-year-old man had come into the Emergency Room stating he had been stabbed while in the area of the Buzzard Roost Marina in Lake Norfork.  The victim drove to the ER in his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The victim lives in Salem.

Initial reports made by the victim to Deputy Jamie Binnion indicated the victim picked up the two women at a home in Midway to go to the lake to go swimming by the marina.  After arriving at the lake and entering into the water, Runau began stabbing the victim in the neck with a knife.  He gave a description of the suspects to the deputy.

Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Terry Johnson responded to the hospital to begin an investigation.  After his arrival there, Lt. Johnson was informed by a hospital employee that two young females matching the description given by the victim had been seen on the hospital parking lot.

 Approximately 25 minutes later, Lt. Johnson was approached in the parking lot by one of the suspects, who was identified as Runau.  She admitted at that time to Lt. Johnson that she had stabbed the victim.  

A short time later, a Mountain Home Police Department officer found the second female suspect sitting inside a vehicle on another section of the parking lot.  This suspect was determined to be a 17-year-old girl who had been entered as a runaway juvenile 30 days or more ago.  She was being harbored by Runau.

Both Runau and the girl were taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Department to be interviewed. Throughout the morning, several interviews were conducted.

Based upon the statements of the suspects, the statements of the victim, and evidence observed, Sheriff’s investigators believe the two suspects met the victim the previous evening at a local bar on Cranfield Road.  At approximately 1 a.m., the suspects began texting the victim, asking him to meet them at the marina at Buzzard Roost with the promise of a sexual encounter.

It is believed that the suspects lured the victim into the water.  After entering the water, Runau began stabbing the victim in the neck with a knife that she had carried into the water with her.  

The victim ran out of the water toward his vehicle, attempting to escape.  Runau pursued the victim with her knife and continued to stab him in the left shoulder and left arm as he ran.  The victim was able to make it to his truck and get away.

 He subsequently drove himself to the hospital.  He had been stabbed approximately seven or eight times and underwent surgery.

During the interviews, one of the suspects said they intended to steal the victim’s truck and drive it to Indiana.  One suspect said they intended to slit the victim’s throat if it became necessary.

One of the suspects also told investigators that she had used her underwear to wipe blood from her face, then threw the underwear into the bushes.  The underwear was later located and taken into evidence by investigators.  

Runau said she threw the knife into the water.  A Sheriff’s Office diver has been on scene this afternoon attempting to locate the weapon on the bottom of the lake.  The weapon has not yet been located.

Sheriff’s Investigators are still processing the crime scene at Lake Norfork, and the victim’s truck is also being processed for evidence.

After consulting with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, a decision has been made to charge each suspect with Aggravated Robbery, a Class Y Felony, and with Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder, a Class A Felony.  Runau has been incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.  She will appear in Circuit Court to answer later this month.

The 17 year old juvenile has been taken to a juvenile detention center and is being held there.  The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is currently considering whether to charge her as an adult or as a juvenile.

Police: Youth facility employee accused of having sex with teenage resident

55 min 26 sec ago

A youth program Springfield is the center of a police investigation.  An employee of Great Circle, formerly Boys and Girls Town, is accused of a sex crime against a teenager living there.

A Springfield Police report says a 28-year old employee is under investigation after being accused of having sex with a 16-year old resident of the facility.  The Great Circle campus, which includes housing units for long-term care of children and youth, is located on Lombard Street- off W. Grand Ave. 

According to the report, the crime(s) occurred was between July 1, 2015, and August 29, 2015.  The report, which was made by another resident of the facility, was filed with police on August 29th.  According to the report, the person making the accusation stated, "a 16 year old resident was engaged in sexual activity with a 28-year old employee of the organization."

Great Circle tells KY3 that it suspends employees, accused of crimes, while investigations are underway.

According to the statement from the organization, "Great Circle is committed to doing the right thing for children. While we cannot speak to the allegations, what we can do is assure everyone whenever we have an issue concerning a child we follow all processes and work with all regulatory and police agencies to help children and keep them safe, including suspension of those involved in the allegations."

As of  Wednesday evening, no arrests have been made, and nobody is charged with any crime.

For decades, the Great Circle organization was known as Boys and Girls Town of Missouri.  According to a news release, the entity describes itself as, "an agency that provides a unique spectrum of behavioral health services to children and families. With specialized programs and highly-trained professionals, we provide hope to those in difficult circumstances throughout Missouri and beyond"

Great Circle provides assistance to youth and families at 14 facility locations around the state of Missouri.

RPCS plans 4 new grocery stores for Springfield

1 hour 16 min ago

With just two weeks until the big grand opening, workers are stocking the shelves at the new King Cash Saver grocery store on West Battlefield Road at Kansas Avenue.  It's one of four new stores that RPCS, Inc., is planning for Springfield.

Erick Taylor, chief executive officer of RPCS (parent company of Price Cutter stores and multiple other brands), is launching the new brand this month.

"The 'Field of Dreams' movie is, 'Build it, and they will come.'  This concept is, 'Price it right, and hope that they will come,'" Taylor said.

The new way of pricing that you'll see at King Cash is becoming popular nationwide.

"We cut out a lot on our labor cost and our efficiency, and display the product," Taylor said.

Fewer frills in the displays allows them to pass the savings along.   The goal is to cut the cost of products but make up for it in volume.

All 80,000 products in the supermarket are priced at the store's cost.  For example, Sparkling Ice Water runs the store about 79 cents.  Shoppers will see that as the marked price and will be charged 10 percent on top of that 79 cents at checkout.  Taylor said the goal is to save shoppers some 10 to 15 percent on their grocery tabs.

"Little Debbie comes to mind," Taylor said. "I believe Walmart is cost plus 25 percent on that item, and we'll be at cost plus 10,, so we'll be 15 percent cheaper than Walmart on that item."

King Cash Saver is just one of four new stores that Taylor is planning for the Queen City.  He plans to open a Save-a-Lot in the former Price Cutter building on Commercial Street at Grant Avenue, a second Save-a-Lot in part of the Planet Fitness building (that used to be a Price Cutter store) on Campbell Avenue just north of Sunshine Street, and a natural foods store in the former Dillon's building on East Sunshine.

The King Cash Saver is set to open Sept. 16.  The natural foods store, a first of its kind for the grocery company, could open as early as November or December.

Inmate's death after fall at jail is under investigation

1 hour 38 min ago

The death of an inmate who was injured in the Webster County jail is under investigation.  Charles Lahm, 40, died on Aug. 25 at a hospital in Springfield.

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole says Lahm had a seizure while he was sleeping in the top bunk and fell off, hitting his head on the concrete floor.  Cole says jailers called 911.  As an emergency medical services responder was working on Lahm, the two had a brief altercation when Lahm bit the responder's hand.

Cole says the investigation won't be complete until toxicology reports from the autopsy provide a cause of death.  That will take several weeks.

Lahm was in jail awaiting a hearing on a charge that he violated conditions of his probation for a domestic assault conviction in 2013.

Lahm's obituary at Fraker Funeral Home says he is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.  His funeral was Wednesday afternoon.

Angie's List: Don't fall for the "extra materials" scam

1 hour 41 min ago

Maryanna Phillips was out in her yard when two workers from an asphalt company pulled up. They said they could sealcoat her cracked driveway for $300 with materials left over from a job down the street. "They made me feel bad. The lady had been in a wreck. She had stitches all over her head and I'm like 'Go, just do it," said Phillips. The job was sloppy. Mayanna's decorative stone and yard ornaments were sprayed with sealant. Even worse, the excess asphalt was dumped on the street and splashed onto her car causing more than $1,200 in damage. She immediately tried to stop payment on her check, but it was too late. "I know better than this. I used to take calls all day, every day with people who got scammed just like this. Like I said, I know better. She played on my heart," she said. "It's sad, but there are unscrupulous contractors out there, so you as a consumer need to beware. Be cautious of anyone that comes to your home and tries to encourage you to take a deal on the spot. A deal today should be a deal tomorrow," said Angie Hicks.

"I get calls all the time… 'I had this guy over here, there's sealant all over the house,' and unfortunately I have to tell people there's no way to get it off. You have to start replacing things," said Joseph Sullivan, Asphalt professional.

Maryanna has her guard back up, but says if she can get scammed, anyone can.

"Unfortunately, we live in a world where you just can't really trust a lot of people, so you need to check people out before you hire 'em out to do a job," she said. Angie says quality contractors don't approach homeowners with left-over materials and a special, low price, and if an uninvited worker won't leave when asked, call local authorities and stay inside.

Consumer Reports: Consider these student discounts

1 hour 41 min ago

The end of summer marks one of the most feverish periods of shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $68 billion this year on back-to-school necessities. Consumer Reports finds that college students can get significant savings by taking advantage of discounts that are available. At Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Madewell stores, it’s just a matter of flashing a student ID card to get a 15 percent discount. At Apple, a student ID or acceptance letter will get you $200 off your purchase, either in the store or online. For a lot of other merchants, there can be a hitch. With many of the online discounts, you have to join a student discount program. Fortunately, at least one is free—UNiDAYS. The UNiDAYS service gives you discounts on online purchases at Claire’s, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters, and many other sites. Students can also get 10 percent off on Amtrak tickets purchased online or 20 percent on Greyhound tickets purchased either online or in person. But you’ll need to pay to join the Student Advantage Discount program that offers those discounts. The Student Advantage Discount costs $22.50 for the first year. But you might be able to make that back with all of the savings you can get with it. Check out the website studentadvantage.com. You’ll see a long list of discounts at popular movie theaters, hotels, and shoe stores, among others. And for the very lucky who will take a new car to college, the General Motors College Discount Program offers discounts for new-car purchases and leases. The amount depends on the model you buy, but most are eligible. GMC will also give the new-car discount to those who have graduated within the last two years. Teachers and graduate students may also qualify for some of the discounts, including those at Banana Republic, J.Crew, Madewell, and the Apple store. Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website. Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.

Consumer Reports: My cell phone gave me tendonitis

1 hour 41 min ago

Cell phones are a necessity in our lives, but the convenience of constant connectivity could be causing you physical pain. When texting or using a cell phone, we sometimes overuse your hands and wrists, and that causes a receptive-stress injury, or tendonitis. Neck pain, or “tech neck,” comes from bending your head down to look at your phone, putting excess stress on your neck. And if you have shooting pain down your backside and legs, it might be sciatica from stashing your cell phone in your back pocket and putting pressure on your sciatic nerve when you sit.

The good news is that most of those injuries are easily preventable just by modifying the way you use your cell phone.

 Reduce your risk of developing tech neck by holding your phone at eye level.  To prevent sciatica, don’t carry your phone in your back pocket.  To cut the pain from tendonitis, Consumer Reports suggests using a hands-free device, a speaker phone, or FaceTime whenever possible to reduce the hand stress caused by typing on your phone.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website. Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.

Archbishop assails Trump over repealing birthright citizenship

1 hour 42 min ago

Philadelphia's archbishop is criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for an end to automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Archbishop Charles Chaput says the proposal to end birthright citizenship is "a profoundly bad idea" and would undermine a pillar of America's identity.

He says Trump and other public officials supporting such an idea are playing on Americans' "worst fears and resentments."

His comments came in remarks prepared for a panel discussion Tuesday night organized by the church in advance of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia the end of September.

Well before mentioning Trump by name, the leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese said at least one presidential candidate had turned the immigration debate "ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast."

Pictures: Microburst damages a dock and homes Monday near Protem, Missouri

2 hours 1 min ago

Phyllis Loveall and Carol Hess snapped these pictures of damage after a microburst touched down Monday near the Blue Water Resort near Protem, Missouri.  Blue Water Resort had significant damage to one of the docks and some minor damage to nearby homes.  

Tony Stewart will drive retro-inspired Bass Pro Shops car at Darlington

2 hours 12 min ago

Bass Pro Shops-sponsored Tony Stewart will race a retro-inspired No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobile 1 Chevrolet SS in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington on Sunday as part of the track’s The Tradition Returns weekend.

“All of us at Bass Pro Shops are proud to partner with our good friend, outdoorsman and three-time Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart. We are excited to share the history of Bass Pro Shops with our customers and NASCAR fans,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. “We couldn’t think of a better way to salute the hard work and dedication of past and present associates than through displaying our history during The Tradition Returns weekend.”

The No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobile 1 Chevrolet SS depicts the unique history of Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats. In 1971, Johnny Morris, frustrated by the lack of tackle in local stores, rented a U-Haul® trailer and took off across the country filling it with the newest premium fishing tackle he could find. When he returned home to Springfield, Missouri, Johnny set up shop in his dad’s Brown Derby liquor store, which was located on the way to Table Rock Lake. What he started as a tackle shop in an 8-foot corner of his father’s liquor store is today the leading source for all things outdoors – Bass Pro Shops. Beyond its successful catalog sales more than 120 million passionate fans visit the company’s 94 stores and showrooms annually and the company is the world’s leading manufacturer of boats.

The No.14 car design resembles the aluminum of the vintage Bass Tracker fishing boats and features vintage Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats logos.

The retro design is part of The Tradition Returns weekend at Darlington Raceway, one of NASCAR’s oldest venues. The Bojangles Southern 500 will mark Stewart’s 579th career NASCAR Spring Cup series start. Stewart, who wears the dual hat of driver and co-owner at Stewart-Haas Racing with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas, is a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion with 49 career wins. The Bojangles Southern 500 begins at 6:00 pm CT on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Today, an internationally recognized brand and leading outdoor retailer with stores across America and Canada, Bass Pro Shops and Track Marine Centers attract shoppers and tourists from more than a 100-mile radius of each unique store where people come to shop, dine, attend seminars or simply view regional artifacts and aquatic exhibits highlighted at each location. Always looking to blaze new trails in retail destinations, Morris created one of the most dynamic retail experiences in America, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, which opened spring 2015 inside the iconic Memphis Pyramid, a massive former sports arena.

Incredible Pizza plans $1 million expansion of restaurant in Springfield

2 hours 14 min ago

Incredible Pizza Company said Wednesday that it will spend more than $1 million on a 10,000-square-foot addition at its original restaurant here.  The work could be done by December.

The addition will include an indoor Trampoline Park, a new “road coarse” style track with new go karts, a complete remodel of the laser tag arena, and a new Frog Hopper “bouncing” attraction for families.

Rick Barsness, chief executive officer and founder of Incredible Pizza Company, said the restaurant on South Campbell Avenue, a block north of Battlefield Road, opened in 2002.

"I am excited to be able to invest in our original store location," Barsness said in a news release, "and bring more fun new attractions into our community.” 

“We put a lot of research into our games and attractions. We are very proud to be able to provide the most popular arcade games and attractions in the country," said Damian Kleeschulte, executive vice president of Game Room Operations.

Incredible Pizza is headquartered in Springfield.  It has six locations in the United States and three more in Mexico.  Its restaurants include all-you-can-eat pizza buffets, themed dining areas, and private party rooms.  They're "fairgrounds" fun centers have games, rides and attractions.  The stores range in size from 27,000 square feet to 97,000 square feet.

Ex-prosecuting attorney, former SMSU regent, dies in Lebanon

2 hours 37 min ago

A prominent attorney, a past Laclede County prosecuting attorney, and a former member of the Southwest Missouri State Board of Regents died on Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield.  Jack Miller was 64 years old.

Miller was a senior partner in Miller and Miller Law Office.  He was a graduate of Lebanon High School, Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and the University of Missouri School of Law in Kansas City.

After graduating from law school in 1975, Miller began his law career in Lebanon and established his practice in Lebanon in 1976.  He was elected Laclede County prosecuting attorney in 1976 and served several terms. 

Miller was well known in the Missouri State Republican Party and was appointed by Gov. John Ashcroft to the SMSU Board of Regents, where he served from 1987 to 1993.  He served as chairman of the board and continued to be a major supporter of SMSU and MSU through the years.  His wife, Bev, currently serves on the MSU Board of Governors, which was renamed after SMSU's name change in 2005.

Miller was an active member and International Chief Justice of the prestigious Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and also served on the board of directors. He was a longtime member of Phillipsburg Christian Church.  He also served on the Board of Directors of United Savings and Loan and was a current member of the U.S. Bank Board of Directors.  Miller was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge and was a member of the Shrine Club.

Miller is survived by his wife, Beverly; one son, Eric Miller, and his wife, Heather, of Camdenton; one daughter, Lindsay Miller Goodison, and her husband, Sean, of Washington D.C.; two sisters, Beverly Thompson, of Lebanon; and Janelle Weaver and her husband, David, of Lebanon; one brother, Gary Miller, and his wife, Debbie; two grandchildren; and his mother-in-law, Betty Hofman, of Lebanon; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon will handle the funeral and burial.

KY3 News Ozark Life archives: Man from Springfield witnessed World War II surrender on USS Missouri

3 hours 10 min ago

Robert Murney was a young sailor on the USS Missouri who witnessed the Japanese surrender ceremony on Sept 2, 1945.  He went on to become a psychologist in Springfield.

Murney says he finally knew he was going home alive as he saw the Japanese dignitaries sign the surrender papers that ended the War in the Pacific and the end of all fighting in World War II. 

Murney was a graduate of St. Agnes School and enlisted in the Navy. After the war, Murney practiced as a doctor of clinical psychology for some 40 years. He passed away in June 2005.

KY3's Ed Fillmer interviewed Murney for a story that was first broadcast on Sept 2, 1985, 40 years after the surrender signing ceremony.

Consumer Reports: Driving record doesn't always determine insurance rates

3 hours 29 min ago

Car insurance commercials tout low rates but don’t tell you just how the companies set those rates. Consumer Reports’ two-year investigation found that many major insurance companies base prices in part on a hidden credit score that can take into account things like what type of credit card you have or whether you’ve applied for credit recently. That car insurance credit score is different from your FICO score, and how it figures into your premiums varies depending on the insurer and your state. Companies use it to predict not whether you’ll be a good driver but whether you’ll file a claim. Consumer Reports compared rates for hypothetical drivers who are single with clean driving records. In Florida, the average annual premium for those with an excellent car insurance credit score is about $1,400. With just a “good” score, it is more than $1,700, and with a poor score, more than $3,800. That’s a much higher premium than for those with an excellent score and a drunk-driving conviction. Consumer Reports research shows that some insurers penalize you more for a poor credit score than others. For those drivers in Florida with a poor score, Amica Mutual charges $7,200, but GEICO charges $2,300. So GEICO is a better choice if you have a poor score in Florida.

Here's more from Consumer Reports on vehicle insurance.

California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii prohibit insurers from setting prices based on credit scores. Insurance premiums in those three states are based much more on how people actually drive, which Consumer Reports says is much more fair. But it does mean that if you have an accident in those states, your rates could go up higher than elsewhere. If you suspect that your car insurance company has given you a low score, ask the major credit bureaus —TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax — for your credit report and correct any inaccuracies. That may help improve the score the insurance companies use. You can get your free credit report at annualcreditreport.com.

Man goes to prison for stealing two dozen guns

3 hours 31 min ago

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Republic, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for stealing 23 firearms during a burglary at an Ozark, Mo., pawn shop. Michael Cameron Heston, 26, of Republic, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to five years and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Heston to pay $5,900 in restitution for damages related to the theft of firearms and the breaking and entering of the business. On March 31, 2015, Heston pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting in the theft of firearms from a licensed firearm dealer. Co-defendants Daryl Bradley Maples, 28, Corey Lee Downard, 33, and Matthew James Oakley, 24, all of Springfield, have pleaded guilty to the same charge. Maples was sentenced on April 16, 2015, to six years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $5,900 in restitution (for which he is jointly and severally liable with Heston). Heston, Maples, Downard and Oakley each admitted that they broke into Sutton Gun and Pawn, 3994 N. 20th St., Ozark, at 2:16 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2012. Maples (who was previously employed at the store) admitted that he smashed out the glass from the front door. Then Heston, Maples and Downard went inside and took firearms from the display cases. Oakley admitted that he was the getaway driver during the robbery. They stole 23 firearms and various amounts of ammunition. After the burglary, Oakley sped off with Maples, Heston and Downard to Maples’ residence, where they divided the spoils of the burglary and set up plans to exchange or barter the stolen firearms for cash or drugs. When Maples was arrested on Dec. 26, 2012, he had in his possession two of the firearms that were stolen in the pawn shop burglary, an F.N. 9mm pistol and a Colt .38-caliber revolver, as well as assorted ammunition. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull II. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Ozark, Mo., Police Department and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

Pictures: 'Slide the City' visits northwest Arkansas

3 hours 31 min ago

'Slide the City' set up in Fayetteville, Arkansas over the weekend for a unique float trip.  The event features a 1000 foot 'Slip n' Slide' that took riders down the city's famous Dickson Street.     

Fire chief releases name of house explosion victim

3 hours 52 min ago

The man who died when his house exploded and burned south of Marshfield on Aug. 21 was Myles Bacon, 87.  Marshfield Fire Chief Michael Taylor released Bacon's name on Wednesday after an autopsy confirmed the identity.

The house was on River Road, near the James River, off Highway A between Marshfield and Diggins,  The explosion was late in the afternoon.

Investigators are still trying to figure out why the house exploded.  Emergency responders at the time thought it could have been a propane explosion, but that was only speculation.  Taylor says  a report from the State Fire Marshal’s Office could be available by the end of next week.

An obituary at Day Funeral Home in Marshfield says Bacon is survived by five daughters, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one sister.

Son of man convicted in Jewish site shootings testifies

5 hours 28 min ago

The son of a man convicted of killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City  Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. was convicted Monday of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges for the April 2014 shootings. The Kansas City Star reports Miller's 39-year-old son, Frazier Glenn Miller III, testified Wednesday during the penalty phase of the trial. He said he doesn't know where his father learned about "hating Jews and about hating other races." The jury is hearing testimony to determine if Miller should be sentenced to death. Miller III also said outside the courtroom no one in the family knew of his father's plans to kill.