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Crash in Hickory County kills 2

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:58am

Two people died in a two-vehicle crash in Hickory County on Sunday afternoon.

The wreck occurred on Missouri 64 just west of Nemo, at 3:20 p.m.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2005 Pontiac driven by Lauren Small, 25, of Urbana was eastbound when it crossed the center line and struck a 2014 GMC Sierra.  Small and her passenger, Emily Scammell, 19, of Weaubleau, died at the scene.

The driver of the GMC was taken to the hospital in Bolivar with minor injuries. 

Man from is accused of beating brother with hammer

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:54am

A 70-year-old man from southeast Missouri is jailed in lieu of a $25,000 bond after being accused of pummeling his brother on the head with a hammer.

Scott County prosecutors charged Jerry Savat of Sikeston with second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. 

Sheriff Rick Walter reports that a deputy responding to a reported assault at Savat's home found Bruce Savat with a head injury and covered with blood.  Walter says Jerry Savat told the deputy he "lost it" during an argument and repeatedly hit his brother on the head with a hammer.

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Information from Standard Democrat

Video: MORE rain and flooding

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 7:16am

Some parts of the Ozarks could get several inches of rain this week.

Pictures: Spectacular crash ends NASCAR race at Daytona Monday morning

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:37am

The Coke Zero 400 ended in a crash that even had NASCAR drivers stunned.  Bass Pro Shops sponsored driver Austin Dillon ended the race upside down after his car crashed at the finish line, then went airborne into the catch fence.  He walked away from the crash with only bruises.  A few fans suffered injuries from the flying debris.  

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race.  

(Images from Getty Images/Jerry Markland, Brian Lawdermilk, Robert Laberge, and Brian Smith)

Dogs disappear in Macks Creek, owners suspect pets were stolen

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 11:44pm

More than a dozen dogs have disappeared in the Macks Creek area, and owners say the pets are being stolen from yards.

Last week, Elizabeth Dobbs' 5-year-old Siberian Husky, Jizzabell, disappeared from her yard.

"I didn't think anything of it.  I thought they were just running around," Dobbs said.

When she started hanging posters and asking around, she found out Jizzabell wasn't only dog that was gone.

"In the last five days, 13 dogs have disappeared," Dobbs said.

Soon she started to fear the worst: that Jizzabell and the other dogs had been stolen. 

"There have actually been cages that have been busted open to let the dogs inside cages out," Dobbs said. "Sickness, just very sad. Jizabell knows no stranger; she will kiss and love anybody.  She would go with anybody; she just likes people."

Dobbs said she worries about what crooks would do with her dog, like using her for bait for dogfights. 

Now she wants other dog owners in the area to take precautions.

"We need to watch around this neighborhood," Dobbs said. "Don't leave your dog outside right now, because they're being taken."

Most of all, she wants Jizzabell and the other dogs back home. 

"I have a feeling I won't get my girl back, and she's only five and she's very loving," Dobbs said as she started to tear up. "Everybody around here wants their dogs back. They're loved and they're cared for and for people to do this -- it's just really sad."

Animal Control officers are investigating the missing dogs.

Pictures: Rainbows light up the skies Sunday evening

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:21pm

Viewer submitted snapshots of Sunday evening rainbows. 

Pictures: Flash flooding in the Ozarks on Sunday

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:46pm

Pictures of flash flooding in the Ozarks after heavy rainfall on Sunday. 

Video: Buffalo River at Pruitt Access after heavy rainfall Sunday

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:34pm

Todd Parker shot this video of the Buffalo River at Pruitt Access at an almost standstill after heavy rainfall on Sunday. 

Flash Flood Warning issued for Greene County Sunday night

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:57pm

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Greene County Sunday night.

The warning lasts until 9:00 p.m.  An estimated two inches of rain fell on portions of central and western Springfield in short period of time Sunday evening.  

Remember to always turn around, don't drown.

More rain coming

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:56pm

Flooding will be an issue again this week

Man from Springfield killed in motorcycle wreck

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:38pm

  A man from Springfield was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle wreck near Linden in Christian County. The Missouri Highway Patrol says 61-year-old Dennis Hayward was turning on to Highway 125 when his motorcycle began to skid and overturned. Both Hayward and a passenger were thrown off the motorcycle. The passenger suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Cox South.

Springfield Subway restaurant robbed

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:13pm

Springfield police are looking for the person that robbed a Subway restaurant Sunday afternoon on the north side of town. It happened just before 3:00 pm at 329 E. Kearney. That's a few blocks east of Campbell. Police say a man walked into the store and demanded money but did not show a gun. A sign on the door Sunday afternoon said the restaurant would only take payments by debit or credit card, no cash.

Pham hits 1st MLB homer and drives in 3, Cards top Padres

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 5:38pm

Rookie outfielder Tommy Pham homered, doubled and drove in three runs, leading Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals over the San Diego Padres 3-1 Sunday. The Cardinals improved to a majors-best 31-11 at home with their second successive win following a four-game losing streak. San Diego has lost five of seven. Pham was called up from Triple-A Friday and starred in his third big league start. He hit his first homer, a two-run drive off Ian Kennedy (4-8) in the third. Pham doubled home Lynn in the fifth. Lynn (6-4) gave up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings. He also doubled and singled for his first career multihit game and scored twice. Lynn struck out eight and retired 11 in a row at one point. He has not lost in his last six starts. Kevin Siegrist recorded his fourth save in six chances. Closer Trevor Rosenthal was unavailable after pitching in three successive games.

Smoking near oxygen blamed for fatal fire

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 5:19pm

A woman died in an accidental fire in her apartment in Fair Grove Saturday night.

Firefighters were dispatched to a call of smoke in a building about 10:15pm.

Firefighters say when they arrived the smoke billowing from a first floor apartment was too thick for them to go inside. Once they did, the woman who lived in the apartment was found dead in her room.

Property Manager Andrew Garcia says the family is devastated. "The family was here and it was a tough night for that family and I think with the proper help, they'll be fine. She was a good lady and she will be missed," Garcia said.

No other apartments were affected and no one else was hurt.

Fire investigators initially ruled the death accidental, the result of careless smoking near her oxygen tank. Brad Eden, a Battalion Chief for the Springfield Fire Department cautions those on oxygen about smoking near their tanks.

"Oxygen is a flammable gas, so any time that you are smoking in proximity to any flammable gas, it increases the potential of fire danger, it just adds to the intensity of the fire is what it does," said Eden.

Firefighters say flames can heat up oxygen tanks, causing them to explode, they also warn that smoking while on oxygen can start a fire on your face.

"It is dangerous when you're smoking and that oxygen is on your face and we've had people that have actually had a flash fire on them and they've been injured and we've had some fatalities with that," added Eden.

The name of the woman who died has not been released to the media, but Fair Grove firefighters say her family was notified last night.

Royals salvage split with Twins with 3-2 victory

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 4:11pm

Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain with nobody out in the ninth inning, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series. Cain drew a leadoff walk against Twins reliever Blaine Boyer (2-4) to start the ninth after Ervin Santana had nearly shut Kansas City down in his return from a drug suspension. Twins manager Paul Molitor called upon Aaron Thompson to face Hosmer, who ripped a pitch down the right-field line. Cain sprinted around third base at full speed, and a throw from Torii Hunter in right field was nowhere close to getting him at the plate. Greg Holland (2-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Sanitary sewer smoke testing to begin this week

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 1:07pm

If you see smoke coming out of the ground this week, it’s part of a plan.

The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin smoke testing in the Jordan Creek 11 sewer basin the week of July 6. The Jordan Creek 11 basin is located north of East Blaine Street between North Link Avenue and North Old Orchard Avenue. Testing will last one to two weeks.

Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers.

The City will continue smoke testing in other basins throughout the summer. Testing in the Ward Branch 05 basin, the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone Avenue, will begin the week of July 20.

The smoke testing program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years.  

Missouri budget official says more spending freezes unlikely

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 12:12pm

Missouri's state budget director says increased revenue growth likely will make spending restrictions unnecessary in the new fiscal year. Newly released data shows revenue collections grew 8.8 percent in the fiscal year that ended last week. That's compared to the previous fiscal year, when revenues dropped 1 percent. Budget director Linda Luebbering says that means spending freezes are not needed at this time. The news comes after Gov. Jay Nixon for years has blocked use of some money budgeted by lawmakers, citing lagging revenues. He's said the withholdings are needed to balance the budget.       Even ending the budget year on a strong note, Nixon refused to allow around $67 million to be spent. Nixon's office says revenues needed to increase 10 percent to fully fund the budget.

Update: Man who died after riding bike in south Springfield was Mercy physician

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 11:57am

Police confirm that the man who died after wrecking his bike in south Springfield on Friday was 60-year-old Wade Shipman. 

Shipman was a well-known physician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, specializing in anesthesiology. Police say Shipman fell off his bike near Millwood subdivision off U.S. 65 at Evans Road, and hit his head on the pavement. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Shipman was riding with a group of friends at the time the accident occurred. Officials say that he was wearing a helmet. Shipman was in practice for over 30-years. 

St. Louis officials turn to feds for help on gun crimes

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 10:58am

Homicides are in the rise in St. Louis, and city officials are increasingly turning to the federal government for help. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis has issued federal charges in dozens of gun possession cases since an amendment to the Missouri Constitution made it difficult to obtain state charges against convicted felons caught with guns. Police Chief Sam Dotson says he also is taking some homicide cases to U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in part because he believes federal judges and juries are tougher on crime. Callahan says the increasing crime rate in the city and Amendment 5, passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2014, is evidence of a state legislature with a "complete disconnect with urban violence."  

Pictures: Fireworks at the Field in Springfield

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 10:54am

Pictures from the fireworks display at Fireworks at the Field on July 4, 2015 in Springfield.