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KY3 News | September 27, 2010
Two men from Shell Knob are behind bars after Barry County sheriff's deputies find more than two dozen marijuana plants in a house. Deputies say Mickey Owens and Melvin McCullough were arrested last week and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. In a separate innvestigation, two people in Wheaton were also arrested for growing pot. The Barry County sheriff says Michael Annecharico and Marissa Clark also had a growing operation in their home.
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by Paula Morehouse and Justin Haase, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | July 22, 2013
GALENA, Mo. -- A woman driving a stolen car led officers on a chase on Monday night through several cities and two counties.  The pursuit lasted about an hour.  Five vehicles were hit by the time the ordeal ended in a crash on McCord Bend Road in Stone County. The incident started between Kimberling City and Branson West when an officer attempted to stop a car that didn't have license plates. Instead of pulling over, the driver took off. Over the course of the next hour, the car slammed into two Stone County patrol cars, one Kimberling City police car and two other cars.  One of the vehicles hit was driving across the Kimberling City bridge over Table Rock Lake.  Only one person was hurt; a Stone County deputy went to a hospital with minor injuries.
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by KY3 News | July 24, 2011
CASSVILLE, Mo. -- The Barry County Sheriff's Department issued an endangered persons advisory on Sunday for the two little girls who have been missing since July 10.  Law enforcement officers believe their father, Matthew Chapman, took the sisters.  Chapman is 35 years old and has friends in other states.  Officers believe he is armed and dangerous. Abbey Chapman, 7,  and Isabella Chapman, 3,  were last seen by their mother when their dad picked them up for a trip to Silver Dollar City.  Since then Chapman has sold his vehicle and disappeared with his daughters, who live with their mother in Exeter.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | November 30, 2010
ROLLA, Mo. -- Continued challenges to possible prosecution evidence and other trial procedures caused a judge to again postpone the trial of Chris Collings for the rape and murder of 9-year-old Rowan Ford in November 2007.  Rowan was the stepdaughter of Collings' friend, David Spears, who is also charged with Rowan's rape and murder. Collings' trial was scheduled for next month in Rolla, where it was moved from Cassville to try to ensure a fair outcome.  After a hearing on Tuesday, Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield postponed it until April.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 5, 2013
PURDY, Mo. -- A man from Monett is charged with shooting towards two kids in their back yard. The Bricker family's quiet country life was suddenly interrupted on Thursday evening.  "We were just finishing supper, and they [the kids] had got done just before us and went out to do their chores and to feed the goats.  And we heard a bang," said Weley Bricker. "We were fixing to go in to feed the goats, and a maroon, maroonish-red car drove up, and right about right here, he just, a guy in the back leaned out, pulled out a gun, just shot in our direction," said Weston Bricker, 13. Thankfully, Weston and Brittany, 15, weren't hurt, just scared.  "I thought for a second, 'Why would someone do this?
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by Jerry Jacob, KY3 News and jjacob@ky3.com | April 24, 2013
EXETER, Mo. -- A fire severely damaged a restaurant on Wednesday morning.  It may have started as a grease fire late in the morning, but officially the cause was undetermined by Wednesday evening. Several fire departments fought the fire. The Exeter Cafe was open when it started, but Exeter Fire Chief Jim Matthew didn't know if any customers were there at the time. The cafe is one of four side-by-side buildings, but the fire did not damage the other three buildings in the row. "There's some water damage to the apartment next door but, other than that, all the damage is just to the cafe," said volunteer firefighter Kirk Wynn.
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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 Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | March 23, 2012
ROLLA, Mo. -- Twelve jurors recommended Friday evening that Christopher Collings get a death penalty for raping and killing his friend's 9-year-old daughter more than four years ago at Collings' home near Wheaton.  The jurors unanimously found, after 45 minutes of deliberations, that the murder involved two of the 17 possible aggravating circumstances that are necessary under Missouri law to impose a death penalty. The jury found Rowan Ford's death involved torture and that it occurred because the girl was a witness to her own rape and could have identified her rapists to investigators.  Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up their closing arguments around 5:30.  The jury told the judge at 6:15 that it had a verdict and returned to the courtroom shortly afterwards.  The jury convicted Collings of first-degree murder on Tuesday for the death of Rowan Ford of Stella in November 2007.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor / info from news release and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | September 4, 2013
MONETT, Mo. -- A man is booked in the Barry County Jail after officers say he fired a handgun toward children in a yard and a jogger on a road.  Troy Hinkle, 35, faces a charge of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle stemming from the shooting on Aug. 26.  Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly says the children's parents were in their home on Farm Road 1057 when they heard gunshots.  They went outside and saw a maroon station wagon turn north....
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | May 11, 2012
ROLLA, Mo. -- Now the long appeals process starts.  A circuit judge followed the recommendation of a jury and sentenced Christopher Collings of Washburn to death for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl in Barry County more than four years ago. Collings killed Rowan Ford, the stepdaughter of a friend, at Collings' home in November 2007.   Rowan disappeared from her home in Stella in McDonald County.  Her body turned up a week later in...
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