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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | December 1, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter, and Streeter’s mother, Sherill Levitt, vanished without a trace after a high school graduation party sometime in the early hours of June 7, 1992.  Now there’s some movement on the case from Springfield's new police chief.  He's considering digging at a location where some think those three missing women’s bodies might be. In the days and weeks following their disappearance, investigators looked high and low, poring over miles and miles of land looking for the women.
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by Jay Scherder and jscherder@ky3.com | September 26, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- School was out when the Joplin tornado hit and graduation just ended. Had classes been in session, the loss of life and destruction would've been mind-boggling. The school had no shelter on campus. The Joplin School District was approached about constructing a safe room before the storm. They decided not to pursue it. However, other school districts in the Ozarks are moving forward with safe rooms, and a lot more are hoping to build them in the future. "Since the tornado in May. Our phone has been ringing nonstop.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | December 14, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A federal grand jury indicted 21 owners of 13 businesses that have sold synthetic marijuana, commonly called K2, Spice and other names, in southwest Missouri.  The charges, which are described by the U.S. attorney's office as "separate but related," were announced at a news conference on Friday afternoon. The indictments say the products are falsely sold as "incense" and "not for human consumption. "  For several years, however, people have been buying them and using them to get high, often with dangerous side effects and health problems.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | January 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A runaway teenager from Springfield recently was rescued from the sex trade.  Undercover investigators discovered the runaway during a prostitution sting in Joplin.  Police arrested a man suspected of being the teen's "pimp" and his girlfriend as they waited outside the hotel. Police say the case started with a report of a runaway 14-year-old girl.  The situation in which she up is not uncommon for runaway youth. Springfield police found the 14-year-old runaway listed with a fake name on Backpage.com.  They enlisted the help of Joplin police, who went undercover and met the girl at the Holiday Inn in Joplin.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | October 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- There is a possible break in the case of the three women who disappeared from Springfield 20 years ago.     A man in prison in another state, who is being interviewed in another cold case, gave a McDonald County detective what she believes is "good information" in the case.  Detective Lorie Howard says she is waiting for Springfield police investigators to call her back to investigate the possible suspect. Besides the cold case in McDonald County, this convict also is being investigated for a cold case in Indiana.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | April 1, 2013
UPDATE, April 1) SALEM, Mo. -- On Friday, the Dent County Sheriff's Department, with help from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, arrested two suspects for the theft of cattle that occurred at the Salem Livestock Auction in Dent County on Wednesday.  The arrests occurred after the thieves' images were shown on television and internet news broadcasts on Thursday.  Manu Te'o, 25, of Waynesville and Eric O'Connell,...
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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 Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | January 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  A full band cranks out a beat.  The faithful rise to their feet and clap to praise songs.  The scene at North Point Church's new East Sunshine "satellite campus" is similar to what you'd find at many other progressive houses of worship on Sunday morning. “This isn't your grandmom's church, it’s not even your mom's church,” jokes Campus Pastor John Cremeans. But there is a twist to this service when it comes time for the preaching.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 18, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two new veterans clinics are scheduled to come to the Ozarks, with one of them only a couple months from opening its doors. Springfield veterans are accustomed to the drive to the Veterans Administration clinic in Mt. Vernon for basic health care, and the much longer drive to the VA Hospital in Fayetteville.  So news of a large clinic coming to Springfield is welcome. "We have World War II veterans here at this post who now have to drive the 2 ½ hours, sometimes inclement weather to have things done at Fayetville," said American Legion Post 639 commander Bill Roark.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | July 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Missouri Governor was in town Wednesday at the South Side Senior Center to sign legislation concerning financial exploitation. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports about one out of every five calls to the Elder Abuse Hotline deals with financial exploitation. It's a constant battle, and before this law prosecutors didn't have all the tools they needed to go after criminals. "It is an awful and unfortunate truth that each year thousands of older folks are the victims of financial exploitation," said Governor Nixon.
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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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