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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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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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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | April 24, 2013
BARRY COUNTY, Mo. - A well-known getaway in Barry County has been given an honor by the citizens of Missouri. Roaring River State Park has been recognized as the best trout park in Missouri. The park, which also contains a hatchery and a spring, won an online vote of Missourians. Roaring River pulled in nearly half the 150,000 votes cast. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Roaring River hatchery and trout park produces and stocks more than 25,000 trout per year.
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Press Release and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 30, 2011
WHEATON, Mo. -- Law Enforcement Officers in Barry County say a missing 12-year-old girl has turned back at home, safe. The girl was reported missing from her home in Wheaton, Mo around 8:53 pm Thursday night.  Sheriff Mick Epperly with the Barry County Sheriff's Office stated that officers had been out all night searching for the missing girl and are still searching at this time. Just before 6 pm Friday, she showed back up at home and was fine.  
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by KY3 News | October 19, 2011
CASSVILLE, Mo. -- The Barry County sheriff says a homeless man likely suffocated after wrapping himself in plastic bags to try to stay warm on Tuesday night.  His body was found near a creek behind the Ramey's store in Cassville.  The sheriff says the man is from the Washburn area, and it appeared he had been drinking.
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by KY3 News | February 22, 2011
CASSVILLE, Mo. -- A man with three previous charges for drinking and driving is now charged for a head-on crash last Saturday night that killed a 10-year-old girl and injured two adults.  Gregory Swaffar, 26, of Purdy is charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of second-degree assault while driving intoxicated. The crash was on Missouri 37 about a mile south of Butterfield about 11:40 p.m.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Swaffar's pickup crossed the center line and hit a car driven by Kenneth Keif, 33, of Washburn.
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by Ky3 News | February 20, 2011
Three people, including a 10-year-old girl, were seriously injured in an overnight crash in Barry County. It happened on Saturday just before midnight on Highway 37 south of Butterfield. Troopers say a truck crossed the center line and hit a car head-on. A passenger in the truck, Sandra Larson, was flown to Joplin for treatment. Kenneth Keif and 10-year-old Melissa Keif were life-flighted to Springfield. The driver of the truck was not injured.
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by KY3 News | January 25, 2011
PURDY, Mo. -- A 56-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield on Tuesday afternoon after police say he smoked a product marketed as potpourri.  Police in say the man overdosed on Freedom. Last week, a teenager from the Seligman area of southern Barry County was hospitalized after inhaling Freedom.  Police say the man who overdosed on Tuesday is also a diabetic, which may have contributed to his reaction.
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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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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 videographer Tom Schultheis, KY3 News | February 8, 2010
CASSVILLE, Mo. -- People in Barry County said Monday was one of the worst mornings they've had in awhile, as far as road conditions. Schools were cancelled and several factories closed. Tina Massey, a clerk at Kwik T's convenience store in Cassville, says she had to keep her speed below 40mph when she left home at 4 a.m. The Washburn area, south of Cassville, also had periods of heavy snow. Up to a half-foot of snow fell across north Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday, including Garfield on the north side of Beaver Lake, and as far south as Marshall.
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