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KY3 News | November 13, 2011
Another deadly crash on this Sunday, this one in Benton County.      The highway patrol says a car crossed the center line of Highway 65 in Sedalia Saturday night, hitting another vehicle head-on. A passenger in the second car, 22-year-old Brandon Debates, was killed.  He was from Warsaw.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Follow Chris on Facebook | March 5, 2013
BENTON COUNTY, Ark. - A woman is facing capital murder charges after being arrested for her husband's death in Gentry. The Benton County Sheriff's Office says Evan Fleck died in his Gentry home Sunday afternoon. Investigators say the couple have four children together, who were at home at the time of the murder.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | September 25, 2012
WARSAW, Mo. --  A former law enforcement officer -- who is also a foster parent and is well known to the Cole Camp community for his work with children -- faces charges of child sexual abuse. So far one victim has come forward with sexual abuse allegations against Michael Cash. He was with the Benton County Sheriff's Department for about 15 years -- and most who know him say he is the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Many were shocked to hear of the allegations.  The victim, authorities say, is a girl age 14 or below.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor | January 16, 2013
BENTON COUNTY, Ark. - For the first time since World War II, beer and wine can be sold in some retail stores in Benton County, Arkansas. In November, voters approved alcohol sales in the county. Starting today, convenience and grocery stores can start selling the alcohol, as long as they have a permit. The permits apply to beer and wine sales only. Liquor store permits will be considered later this year.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | September 2, 2012
In Benton County, Missouri, a man was killed after being hit by a car while attempting to cross a road.     Troopers say David Hannah was struck while crossing Route C, just west of old US 65; It happened around 9 Saturday night. Hannah was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not arrested. Hannah was 67-years old.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com | December 19, 2012
EDWARDS, Mo. -- An 87-year-old woman was found after briefly wandering away from a family member's home on Tuesday afternoon.  The Benton County Sheriff's Department says Hazel Zygmunt was reported missing from her daughter's home.  Deputies were concerned because Zygmunt suffers from dementia. Deputies say Zygmunt was found on Tuesday night.  An ambulance crew made sure she was okay, and she turned out to not be seriously hurt. Her brief disappearance is not being considered suspicious.
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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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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | February 14, 2012
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Members of Walmart's Walton family are supporting a campaign that would ask voters in Benton County, Arkansas to approve alcohol sales in the dry county. The group Keep Dollars in Benton County is gathering signatures to get the issue on the ballot. Funding for the petition drive was provided by Tom and Steuart Walton, who are the sons of Jim Walton and grandsons of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. If approved, liquor stores could open in the county and restaurants could sell alcohol.
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | October 8, 2012
WARSAW, Mo. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Department says the investigation of the homicide of a girl whose body was in Truman Lake is now focusing on Dallas County.  Investigators think Khighla Parks, 15, may have been killed in the Buffalo area.  Khighla lived south of Willard in rural Greene County. A boater found Khighla's body in Truman Lake on Sept. 30.   A Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab matched the body's DNA to Khighla on Friday.  Before Friday, no one had reported seeing Khighla since Sept 20, when she was walking near her home near Highway AB at Highway.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Email: cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | October 8, 2012
DALLAS COUNTY, Mo. - Investigators in Benton County said Monday morning the investigation into the death of 15-year-old Khighla Parks has transitioned to Dallas County. New information leads officials to believe Parks was seen in the Buffalo area before she was killed, according to a press release. Investigators say they think some sort of activity took place in the Buffalo area that led to Parks' death. Officials determined that Parks had been taken to Truman Lake, where her body was dumped after her death.
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by Gene Hartley | September 19, 2013
WARSAW, Mo. -- A woman who was in custody for a criminal charge in Arizona escaped from a Benton County sheriff's deputy on Wednesday by diving through a window at her home near Edwards.   Gretchen Bradley, 52, was in a jail uniform at the time she bolted. Sheriff Rick Fajen says Bradley had been arrested on a warrant from Arizona for trafficking in methamphetamine.   She has a condition that required her to have some medical items, the sheriff says, so a deputy took her to her home to get those items.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | August 17, 2013
SEDALIA, Mo. -- The family of Hellen Cook will be meeting with two State Representatives on Sunday evening in the hopes of bringing about major reforms in missing person cases. The meeting comes in the wake of Hellen Cook's disappearance. What are believed to be the remains of Cook, who went missing from her vacation home in Benton County, were found on August 11, near a lake where her personal items were discovered weeks before.  Pending DNA test will positively identify the remains.  The family has confirmed the items found with the remains as those belonging to Cook.  Cook, 72, suffered from Alzheimer's disease at the time she walked away from her property on July 13, 2013.  Her family thought she might be trying to get back to her former home in Buckner, which is east of Kansas City.
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Sara Forhetz and sforhetz@ky3.com | August 12, 2013
WARSAW, Mo. --  Hellen Cook, who went missing from her vacation home in Benton County, was found Sunday in a heavily wooded area not too far from her home.  She was found only about two miles from where she initially went missing. The sheriff says sadly, she had been there for quite some time, and search crews had actually come within 65 yards of her body, but missed it. Some 240 volunteers scoured the area for Hellen since mid-July-- with no sign.  Hellen's daughter Terri tells us once an Alzheimer's patient starts to wander, it often becomes a pattern.  Terri says now Hellen is in a better place-- and now, restored.
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Emily Wood and ewood@ky3.com | July 18, 2013
Thursday marked day five of the search for a missing woman with Alzheimers.  Hellen Cook, 72, was last seen in Benton County, Mo.  The disappearance of a loved one is a concern for hundreds of thousands of families affected by the disease. "We want her back.  She's tiny, she's alone, she's afraid.  If they dropped her off on a road she didn't remember, how's she going to make it home?" said Teresa Cook, the woman's daughter-in-law. The family of Hellen Cook is on an all-out search for for the mother, grandmother, and wife.  She was last seen at the family's summer vacation spot in Benton County, Mo., Saturday morning around 11:30 a.m.  "We don't have any idea, and that's part of being an Alzheimer's patient, I don't know what she was thinking.  I don't know what she was doing," said Michael Rose, the woman's son. It is a terrifying situation for the Cook family.  They've had to search for Hellen before but have always found her quickly.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County prosecutors this month filed new criminal charges against a man connected with the death of a teenager from the Willard area.  Anthony Balbirnie previously was charged in Benton County with dumping the body of Khighla Parks, 15, in Truman Lake last September.  The new charges are for resisting arrest, burglary, robbery and armed criminal action.  Prosecutors filed the charges on April 11 but they weren't made...
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by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | April 17, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Storm Prediction Center has issued a new tornado watch through 5 a.m. for a large area of Missouri. Local Missouri counties included in the watch are the following: Barry, Barton, Benton, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Newton, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Stone, Vernon and Webster. Arkansas counties included in a tornado watch that is effective until 6 a.m. include Carroll County, Washington County, Benton County and Madison County.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 12, 2013
WARSAW, Mo. -- A man from Eudora in southwest Polk County received a life (30-year) prison sentence for killing his nephew last year.  A jury convicted Shannon Shaffer Sr., 39, of second-degree murder last January for running over Tommy Bryant Jr., 28, in the driveway of Bryant's home near Eudora.   Bryant, who was known to friends and relatives as Bo, died on April 22, 2012. Shaffer's trial was moved from Polk County to Benton County to try to ensure a fair outcome.  Dallas County Associate Circuit Judge Lisa Henderson presided at the trial and sentenced Shaffer after hearing nine victim impact statements on Thursday.  Bryant's mother, Dee Bryant Adams, cried as she made her statement.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Follow Chris on Facebook | March 5, 2013
BENTON COUNTY, Ark. - A woman is facing capital murder charges after being arrested for her husband's death in Gentry. The Benton County Sheriff's Office says Evan Fleck died in his Gentry home Sunday afternoon. Investigators say the couple have four children together, who were at home at the time of the murder.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor | January 16, 2013
BENTON COUNTY, Ark. - For the first time since World War II, beer and wine can be sold in some retail stores in Benton County, Arkansas. In November, voters approved alcohol sales in the county. Starting today, convenience and grocery stores can start selling the alcohol, as long as they have a permit. The permits apply to beer and wine sales only. Liquor store permits will be considered later this year.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com | December 19, 2012
EDWARDS, Mo. -- An 87-year-old woman was found after briefly wandering away from a family member's home on Tuesday afternoon.  The Benton County Sheriff's Department says Hazel Zygmunt was reported missing from her daughter's home.  Deputies were concerned because Zygmunt suffers from dementia. Deputies say Zygmunt was found on Tuesday night.  An ambulance crew made sure she was okay, and she turned out to not be seriously hurt. Her brief disappearance is not being considered suspicious.
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