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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 26, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped murder and rape charges against the stepfather of a 9-year-old girl who was killed in Barry County in November 2007.   David Spears, who was married to the mother of Rowan Ford, instead pleaded guilty for endangering the welfare of a child and hindering prosecution. Rowan disappeared from her home in Stella, south of Neosho in Newton County.  Her body was found in a cave or sinkhole in McDonald County a week later.  Spears and Chris Collings, a friend of Spears, were charged with first-degree murder and rape, and prosecutors sought a death penalty against both men. After many delays in both trials, which were moved out of Barry County to try to ensure fair outcomes, Collings was tried last March in Rolla.  A jury convicted him and recommended a death penalty, which Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield imposed in May.  Years of appeals will follow that verdict before the state is allowed to carry out that sentence.
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by Steve Grant, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | December 21, 2012
GALENA, Mo. -- The owner of Predator World, a former business in Branson West, is charged with repeatedly abusing two teenagers.   In a case filed by the Stone County prosecuting attorney on Wednesday, Breck Wakefield is accused of regularly having sexual encounters with two boys who worked or volunteered at Predator World from 2001 through 2008.  The former employees are now 20 and 27 years old.  The probable cause statement used as the basis...
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | March 11, 2013
RYKER, Ark. -- A teenager is injured after he fell about 35 feet in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area south of Boxley.  Samuel Roberts, 18, of Conway is in the hospital in Harrison with a broken back and arm. Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape says Roberts was hiking up a steep narrow trail at Haley Zega Falls about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.  That's near the trail to Whitaker Point, also known as Hawksbill Crag .  He was with some friends. Slape says Roberts fell about 35 feet.  About 40 emergency responders from area fire departments, law agencies, National Park Service and National Forest Service helped rescue him.  Noted wildlife photographer Tim Ernst says he helped locate Roberts and called his location to the sheriff's department.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | August 31, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- There is free money available to help repair your home. It's not too good to be true, but there are a few restrictions. Shirley Knight lives on a fixed income. Finding money to make repairs to her house isn't easy. "I only get a certain amount a month. So it is very, very difficult," said Knight. But one day, repairs did appear and at no cost to Shirley. "I was tickled to death. I was tickled to death," she said. It's thanks to Habitat for Humanity's Creating Healthy Homes project.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | April 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- This June will mark 20 years since the disappearance of three women from Springfield. Now, for the first time, a team of *national investigators is trying to unravel the mystery. The disappearance of Stacy McCall, Suzy Streeter and Sherill Levitt has grabbed national attention several times since they were last seen on June 7, 1992. It caught the eye of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, giving this local case to some of the brightest minds in the world of criminal investigations.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | July 21, 2012
OZARK, Mo.- -  James River Assembly church, in cooperation with Care to Learn and Chick-fil-A, has launched a new community initiative called “Stuff the Bus," with a focus on providing backpacks and school supplies to children who attend Springfield Public Schools.  The community is invited to drop off backpacks and school supplies at the big yellow school bus at any of the area locations listed below between July 21 ...
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | August 29, 2012
Mt. Vernon, Mo. -- Even though it's still August, walking through Robert Burkett's front yard, you'll hear the distinct crunch of fall. "I just got sick of heart. I really did," Burkett said. Dozens of Burkett's prized oak trees are dying.  Burkett, who lives near Mt. Vernon in Lawrence County, first noticed the leaves turning brown a few weeks ago.  "The big old oaks, they're just like king of the woods.  Then I see them all dying out, and I'm like, 'There's something wrong here,'" Burkett said.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | February 27, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. -- A former camp counselor received a 10-year prison sentence last Friday for molesting boys who attended the Christian-based Kanakuk Kamp in Branson.  Lee Bradberry, 23, of Auburn, Ala., could be placed on probation after a 120-day “shock” incarceration. Bradberry received a four-year sentence for sexual misconduct with a child under age 14, a seven-year sentence for statutory sodomy, and two 10-year sentences for child molestation.  Circuit Judge Mark Orr ordered the sentences to be service concurrently.  Orr will decide in four months whether Bradberry will serve the rest of his sentence or be placed on probation.
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by Jay Scherder, Mike Landis, and others, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 12, 2011
ROLLA, Mo. -- State troopers arrested a man who is believed to be the one who entered Fort Leonard Wood with an assault rifle, fled to Rolla at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour in a stolen car while shooting at pursuing officers, crashed the car into another car near Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, walked through a university campus building with the rifle, and then broke into a home and stole a car from the person living...
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | March 28, 2012
WARSAW , Mo. -- A man from rural Henry County was charged on Wednesday morning for a shooting death on a county road on the Benton/Henry county line.  Lonny Mays, 67, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of Rudy Romdall, 66, who also lived in rural Henry County.  Mays and Romdall, as well as other people, had been involved in ongoing disputes in recent months at a nearby subdivision called Sky Village. ...
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | May 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Shoppers will be waiting up to a year, or more, before they can browse the aisles of a proposed new Hy-Vee store on the city's east side. Last fall, HyVee announced plans for a second Springfield store, to be built on East Sunshine Street near the intersection of Enterprise Avenue.  Plans called for a grocery supermarket similar to that of the company's first city site at Battlefield Road at Kansas Expressway. The announcement created a controversy, with neighboring homeowners objecting to the project.  In November, the city council approved a zoning request from Hy-Vee to change the designation of the 10-acre plot from "residential" to "general retail.
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | June 22, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The bed bug epidemic that began in 2010 isn't over.  If anything, it's picking up speed.  But local exterminators say their methods of getting rid of the bugs are now tried and true.   Hotels, dorms and hospitals are among places constantly working to keep the bugs out.  But they're even showing up in places like semi tractors and travel trailers. "We're doing several jobs a week lately.  So it's started increasing rapidly, and in the past year or so, it's continued to increase rapidly," says Ivan Eftink, Bug Zero owner.  Eftink says his company did four bed bug jobs this week and has at least that many scheduled for next week.
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January 6, 2011
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | January 10, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Two people who were arrested on Monday after a murder investigation in Caulfield were charged on Tuesday.  Elisabeth Gunter, 43, and Dennis Woodward, 46, both of Norwood, are charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree robbgery, and tampering with a motor vehicle.  A judge set bonds at $2.5 million. Investigators believe Gunter and Woodward robbed and killed Joy Dishneau, 63, at Dishneau's home in Caulfield on Jan. 2.  Dishneau ran a home-based business called Naturally Enchanted.  Woodward appeared in Howell County Court Tuesday afternoon.  Gunter was arrested near Taylorville, Ill., by the Christian County (Ill.)
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