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Video: temps in the comfort zone

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:49am

With more sun today highs will climb into the lower 70s.

Bears Strike Early to Sweep Season Series From Missouri

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:31am

Missouri State scored 10 times in the first four innings, then put the finishing touches on a memorable night with three late runs in a 13-8 victory Tuesday in front of its largest crowd at Hammons Field in 11 years. The Bears (31-10) built a 9-0 lead before a jubilant gathering of 6,497 that saw MSU gash Missouri--ranked as high as No. 21 in this week's polls--for nine extra-base hits and sweep their two-game season series from the Tigers for the first time since 2011.

Proposed bill would require CPR training for high school graduation

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:56am

The Missouri Senate's Education Committee will hear a bill today regarding CPR in the classroom.

House Bill 457 would require all Missouri high school students to have at least 30 minutes of CPR training in order to graduate.

The bill was recently passed in the House by a vote of 148 to 4.

Currently, 20 states have some version of a CPR law on the books. The 2014-2015 school year was the first year Arkansas made CPR training a graduation requirement.

Right now in Missouri, the number and type of training offered varies by district. In Springfield, students learn CPR as part of their freshman health class.

The proposed 30-minute requirement is not enough to be CPR-certified, but it would at least provide every student with enough knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation.

"In the event of an emergency, you're on the street, you're during a competition, anywhere that you are, if you can at least remember to call 911 appropriately and do chest compressions, that's going to help as EMS arrives to take over," said Jean Grabeel, Director of Health Services for Springfield Public Schools.

Students in Springfield, and in many other districts, are taught hands-only CPR. They are not taught mouth-to-mouth, but to call 9-1-1 right away and if necessary, start compressions.

Teaching this method is often the most useful for high school students.

"They're becoming adults and oftentimes they're the ones that are caregivers for kids," Grabeel said. "And they're around other adults, they may have older family members that are there. And it is, it just feeds right into our coordinated school health program that we already have."

To read House Bill 457, click here.

1 injured in gunfire at Ferguson protest

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:56am

A man has been injured by gunfire amid a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, and one person has been taken into custody, according to a newspaper report.   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports about 50 people gathered Tuesday night near the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot in August by a Ferguson police officer. The protest came as a much larger demonstration was ongoing in Baltimore for a second night over the death of Freddie Gray.   The newspaper reports the man was shot in the leg, and police who were on site took one person into custody and recovered a gun.   It wasn't immediately clear whether the shooting was related to the protest.   A message seeking comment from Ferguson police wasn't immediately returned. A spokesman for St. Louis County police said he had no immediate details.

Denim Day helps raise awareness about sexual assault

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:52am

It's the middle of the work week but some are wearing blue jeans on the job this Wednesday, to spread a message about sexual assault. "It's something that's not uncommon, in fact one in five women have experienced some sort of sexual assault so for that reason we take this day each year and we ask businesses and people around the area to wear their jeans in solidarity against sexual assault," said Will Carter, Communications Director for Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Denim Day started because of a controversial ruling in an Italian Supreme Court sexual assault case back in the 1990's. "The judge said that the female was wearing jeans that were too tight and because of that they overturned because the judge ruled that she must have helped the perpetrator in the process. The next day all of the women in the parliament showed up wearing their jeans in solidarity," Carter explained. It's a message that hits home to many here in the Ozarks. "Springfield is a town full of colleges and even at the college level the national statistic is that 25-25 percent of college females will be assaulted or will have some kind of sexual move advanced on to them by the time they graduate from college," said Carter.

"We can't ignore that that happens here and it's not to say that there aren't things being done to prevent it but that's why days like this are so important because we don't want that happening," he added. There have been 60 sexual assults and rapes reported to Springfield Police between January and March of 2015. 63 were reported during the same time period in 2014. "We are taking reports almost daily about sexual assault or working those types of cases," said Capt. David Millsap, Criminal Investigations Supervisor for the Springfield Police Department.

Still, local law enforcement officials fear there are many more instances that go unreported. "By stepping forward you might not only be helping yourself, but other people. Even if you don't want to come to the police about an event that occurred, at least go talk to someone," said Millsap.

"And also remember that you're a victim of this, nothing that you did caused for this to occur and that's important for them to come to grips with," he added. If you're taking part in Denim Day, you're asked to make a five dollar donation and register through the Community Partnership website. All proceeds go to Springfield's Violence Free Families Coalition.

Click here to register for Denim Day.

Springfield proposes new group home guidelines for criminals

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:20am

It started as an outcry from several people living together in the Brentwood neighborhood.  Neighbors and city officials didn't want eight men -- all convicted sex offenders -- living in one house on East Crestview Street.

The dispute is still tied up in court, but it prompted city officials to propose a clarification of its definition of group homes to prevent future problems.

"We're proposing a new group home correctional category that would allow people on probation or parole to be allowed in certain districts," said Bob Hosmer, a planner with the city.

Under the new category called Group Home, Corrections, the areas where the homes would be allowed are industrial districts that are at least a quarter of a mile away from schools and parks.  The guidelines would also prohibit people in correctional group houses from living in areas zoned for single family homes.

"You have individuals that are on probation and parole in a group home setting.  We just didn't think that was appropriate for a residential district."

If anyone in a group home has a disability -- but is on parole or probation -- the home would still be classified under the correctional homes category.

The lawsuit filed by the owners of the home on Crestview claims the city violated the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and local zoning codes.

While that's being decided in court, the city hopes the lines would be clear under the proposed regulations.

"We're following what the Department of Justice and HUD said in a joint statement: that the sex offenders are not included within that category, and we're just doing it generally with persons on probation and parole, not just sex offenders," said Marianne Banks, Springfield's assistant city attorney.

Once the proposed language is completed, an ordinance will be up for public discussion and then a council vote, which likely will happen in the next few months.

The guidelines would not prohibit criminals from living in neighborhoods, because up to three unrelated people can live in the same house under the city's zoning regulations.

Springfield named a top city for new business start-ups

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:59pm

Last year, KY3 News introduced you to Arianna Russell.  She is the founder, owner, and CEO of a growing company called Bodacious Cases.  She chose to keep her  phone case design and manufacturing business close to home, instead of heading off to a bigger city. "I think Springfield has things that other communities don't have," she said. More and more entrepreneurs are agreeing.  Finance website Wallet Hub has named Springfield the 3rd best city in the country to start a business, and number one for resources available for start-ups. "Springfield has had such a rich history of entreprueneurship and we have a great culture that supports entrepreneurship in this community," stated Ryan Mooney, Senior Vice-President of Economic Development at Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Several entities are here to help people launch their business, from the eFactory, and One Million Cups, to Originate. Originate founder Jeremy Adams explained, "We have got people that are just starting an idea, and people that have been in business for quite a while that don't mind coming together about those experiences." "The chemistry and everything about the space- it is bodacious," said Russell. It's a big honor that could lead to others taking note and moving to town. "A lot of start-ups and entrepreneurs will like to come together in a community, Mooney said.  "They want to be where there are other entrepreneurs going through the same sorts of things they are going through." As for Arianna- she's launching a crowdfunding campaign to launch the next phase of her expansion. "You ask people to help you and they will help you," she stated.  "It is, 'How can I help you, and how can we help each other, and how can we grow and succeed as a community?' Yes, I love it!"

Beautiful spring weather to wrap up April

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:45pm

Beautiful spring weather will return to the Ozarks for the next couple of days. Unfortunately the long range forecast is not so tranquil. Get the details by watching the forecast.

Cardinals pound Phillies 11-5, Wacha stays unbeaten

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:44pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter tripled and doubled, and the St. Louis Cardinals had season highs in runs and hits to help Michael Wacha remain unbeaten with an 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Matt Holliday and Matt Adams each added three hits for the Cardinals, who finished with 15 hits. Jason Heyward reached base four times and Jon Jay drove in two runs.

Wacha (4-0) drove in two runs and pitched 5 2/3 innings to win for the fourth time in four starts.

Severino Gonzalez (0-1) yielded seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut.

The Cardinals reworked their batting order and it paid off. Carpenter was moved out of the leadoff spot for the first time in nearly two years and, batting second, tripled and scored in the first inning and added an RBI double in the fifth.

Fans fill Hammons Field for in-state showdown

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:41pm

A packed house at Hammons field tonight as thousands of Missouri State University and University of Missouri fans filled the seats to watch the two schools face off on the baseball diamond.

But no matter which team they rooted for, they were excited to see the MSU Bears and Mizzou Tigers face off in a rare show me state showdown. "Let MSU be the championship team in the state, that's what I think," Mike Collier said.

And fans like Collier take that excitement to another level. The Missouri State alum traveled all the way from the west coast, from Encinitas, California. Collier traveled 1,500 mile journey to catch the nationally ranked bears take on their in-state rival.

"They're a nationally ranked, division one team, you got to go see them when you can, this is my first opportunity to see a ranked division one team play ball this year," Collier said.

Royals score 6 in 7th to overtake Indians 11-5

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:15pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kendry Morales' three-run homer capped a six-run seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 11-5 on Tuesday night.

Kansas City's big inning came after Cleveland had taken a 5-3 lead on Brandon Moss' three-run homer in the sixth.

Alcides Escobar's two-run double off Scott Atchison (0-1) tied the game. Escobar scored the go-ahead run from second on Mike Moustakas' infield hit and Morales later hit his third homer of the season to dead center off Bryan Shaw.

Brandon Finnegan (1-0) picked up his first career win despite allowing Moss' home run.

Alex Gordon homered and drove in two runs for the Royals, who had a season-high 18 hits.

Hy-Vee recalls Summer Fresh Pasta Salad

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:37pm

On April 27, 2015, Hy-Vee, Inc. issued a recall for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad that is sold in its stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The pasta was recalled after Hy-Vee was notified the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen vegetables were produced by Inventure Foods, Jefferson, Georgia.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the kitchen cold case and would have been packaged in 16oz. (1 lb.) or 32oz. (2 lb.) clear plastic containers. A light tan scale-produced label with the product name, weight and price would have been affixed to the container.

The recalled product would have been available in a limited number of stores between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015.

Hy-Vee has since pulled the ready-to-eat Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from its distribution channels and the stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota to which it was distributed. All stores that received the product have been instructed to dispose of the product.

To date, Hy-Vee has not received any complaints associated with the Summer Fresh Pasta Salad.

Customers who purchased Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015, should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.

For questions, please call Hy-Vee Customer Care at 1-800-772-4098.  

Scam of the Week: Winners pay in this sweepstake

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:06pm

She won the lottery, at least that was the claim.

Then the check was in the mail. It's called the Consumers Sweepstakes Lottery.

Mary Willeford won $250,000 from Billtrust Financial Incorporated. Willeford has to cash the check and send some back to pay for her processing fee. "I'm not about to put that check in with my money to lose that too. No way," she said.

There's no return address.

Email scam tips to Contact@ky3.com

Beautiful weather settles into the Ozarks

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:35pm

Sunny dry weather is set for the Ozarks. Just how long will this dry weather last? Find out by watching the forecast.

Free ACT Testing for Missouri High School Students

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:17pm

     For years, high school students and their parents have been shelling out the cash to take the ACT test. It's an assessment many colleges require for in-coming freshman. But for the first time in Missouri on Tuesday, all high school juniors took the ACT, free of charge. The state budgeted $3.8 million to cover the cost of the $50 tests.

Not only is the ACT college entrance exam free for students in Missouri, they now take it at school, during school hours. Junior Bailey Hinkle, a Junior at Nixa High School says " it's a lot better, you're in a school setting. Your body is adapted to waking up on a normal weekday, not on Saturdays when you're sleeping in. It's nice," says Hinkle. In the past, around 70% of Nixa's junior class took the test, but now that the test is required statewide, the whole Junior class will have it under their belt. Clay Hanna, the Executive Director at Nixa High School says " I'm sure there are kids that took the test today that probably won't go onto a 4 year University, but at least it provides that opportunity they have that ACT score, if they want to aspire to a 4 year college they'll know some areas they'll want to fill in next year in their schedule," says Hanna. Bailey says a lot of students in his class are happy to know the state is footing the bill for the test. But for the students with no plans for college, taking the test is a good back up plan. He says " I do believe now this will help them in case they make a last minute decision and they'll want to go to college now. They will have the ACT test behind them and help them get into college." While this is the first year Missouri has issued the state-wide testing in public schools, 20 other states including Illinois have been doing this for years now.

Springfield's Convoy of Hope trying to get into Nepal, likens it to Haiti

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:55pm

Damage from the earthquake and aftershocks has made it difficult for rescuers to deliver aid to the Nepal area.  It's a mission about to be undertaken by Springfield's Convoy of Hope. 

Right now, a team of four from Convoy of Hope is sitting in Qatar, waiting to be able to fly into Kathmandu, which has one airport with one runway.  

Convoy says Nepal is a lot like Haiti was after the major earthquake there in 2010.     It's an area in extreme poverty, even before the quake.

Transportation in-country is difficult because the roads are so torn up.  And they say even those who still have homes are sleeping in tents outside right now because they fear their houses could still crumble in the aftershocks.

"We're exploring some other things like air lifting, air drops, things like that, (for supplies) but those are so expensive that unless we get just the right situation with a donor, we won't be able to do that," said Jeff Nene, spokesman for Convoy of Hope.  "By purchasing supplies in-country, we may not be able to get the product donated like we can here in the states, but we can save all that shipping costs, plus it takes about 45 days to get product there from here... so in-country is best to get them the help they need."

Convoy says this is always a very generous area-- if you'd like to help the people of Nepal, you can donate at convoyofhope.org, or you can check out other charities at charitynavigator.org.  

New technology uses your bluetooth device to speed up traffic

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:23pm

The digital signs are already up along major thoroughfares like Sunshine and Kansas in Springfield.  They warning of closures and remind people not to text and drive., but that is not their primary purpose. "It's called travel time technology, and it utilizes anonymous MAC addresses on phones and other devices and built into vehicles today," said Jason Haynes, a traffic engineer for the City of Springfield. That so-called travel time technology is part of a larger plan to streamline traffic on some of the Queen City's busiest streets.

"I would like the lights to be timed more effectively just so once you get going you can keep going," said Krist Mattison, a commuter. The new technology would do just that but would rely on anonymous information from people's phones or their vehicles' bluetooths to make it happen. "If it identifies a MAC address at one location and picks it up downstream at another location, it can tell you the prevailing speed it took that vehicle to get from 'Point A' to 'Point B,'" Haynes said. Traffic engineers would then use that information to better time the lights, and the electronic signs tell drivers how many minutes they can expect it to take to get from one end of a high traffic road to the other.   "We can tell you that right now its taking approximately ten minutes to go from say 65 and CC up to 65 and Sunshine," Haynes said. It is a system other cities have been using successfully for years.  Your MAC address remains anonymous, meaning it cannot be traced to any one person or his or her vehicle.  However, drivers can disable that tracking technology if they choose. "Let's say it was running 35 (miles per hour) for the whole afternoon, then the p.m. peak comes along, and it slows down, it'll show it coming down to 30, 29, 28, and we'll start knowing if the roads are saturated, and it's going to take longer to get through there," Haynes said.

The Missouri State Department of Transportation is collecting bids for the project right now, and it is expected to be complete by this summer.

Man goes to prison for child porn after international investigation

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:11pm

A man from Springfield was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday as the result of a child pornography investigation that began in Australia.  Joshua Dean Clark, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas Harpool to 11 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.  The judge also ordered Clark to pay $3,000 in restitution to his victims.

On Jan. 26, 2015, Clark pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography. According to an investigator's affidavit, Clark actively traded child pornography via e-mail, including depictions of prepubescent children (as young as three years old) engaged in all manner of sexual activity.

Clark directly contacted other pedophiles via e-mail and text; Clark claimed in a chat with another pedophile that he had sodomized a 12-year-old victim (which the government has not been able to corroborate) and expressed a desire in another message to rape a child.

Law enforcement officers in Australia discovered several e-mail messages from Clark to a resident of Queensland, Australia, to which Clark had attached images of child pornography; one message contained 100 images of child pornography.

An FBI agent in Springfield received a 16 GB thumb drive from Yahoo! that contained the contents of Clark’s e-mail account, including 2,264 depictions of child pornography. Clark admitted that he used the e-mail account to trade child pornography with numerous individuals beginning in 2006 or 2007.

2 women are accused of supplying alcohol to teens before crash killed 2

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:53pm

Two women are charged for a fatal crash that killed two teenagers from Urbana last June.  A Dallas County grand jury handed up indictments on April 23 against Jennifer Sharp, 43, of Buffalo, and Kristi Swearengin, 44, of Urbana.

Both women are charged with two felony counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and one misdemeanor count of second-degree child endangerment.  Swearengin is also charged with a misdemeanor count of supplying liquor to a minor.

On June 29, 2014, Holden Beck, 17, and Christian Helm, 15, died when the car driven by Beck ran off Mill Street in Urbana, crashed into a tree, a mailbox and a fire hydrant, then flipped over several times and hit more trees, according to a Highway Patrol report.  A passenger, Hayden Flagg, 14, was injured.

According to the indictments, investigators believe Swearengin supplied alcohol to the teenagers and Sharp let them party at her home before the crash.  Swearengin is the mother of Holden Beck.

The indictments say Sharp and Swearengin caused the death of Holden Beck and Christian Helm by providing Holden with alcohol and allowed him and others to drink at Sharp's home "and did so with criminal negligence in that the defendant knew that Holden Beck was under 21 years of age and was operating a vehicle." 

Dallas County sheriff's deputies served Sharp with the charges on Monday and she posted a $50,000 bond.  St. Clair County sheriff's deputies served Swearengin with the charges on Friday at her place of employment in that county.  She also posted a $50,000 bond.

If convicted, the women could get up to four years in prison for each death, plus time in a county jail for the injury to  the passenger who survived.  Swearengin could also get up to a year in jail for supplying liquor to a minor.  Investigators believe she gave Holden beer and vodka.

Company donates smoke alarm batteries for Springfield residents

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:40pm

Battery Outfitters donated 600 smoke alarm batteries to the Springfield Fire Department to help keep residents safe.  The department installs batteries in smoke alarms of Springfield residents free of charge.  Battery Outfitters' donation will help the Department continue the program for the next year.

The department recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

"Many families cannot afford to purchase enough alarms and batteries to adequately protect themselves and their families," said assistant chief Randy Villines. "They rely on our free smoke alarm program and generous donations from community partners like Battery Outfitters to help bridge that gap."

Statistics show working smoke alarms double a person’s chances of surviving a fire.

To obtain a free alarm or battery, contact the fire department at 864-1515 or fill out an online application.