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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | February 19, 2012
DENT COUNTY --  A former Dent County deputy charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend will be arraigned this week. Marvin Rice waived his right to a preliminary hearing; his arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday. Police say he killed Annette Durham and Steven Strotkamp during an argument at a home in Salem in December.
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May 25, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--A tornado warning is in effect until 6:00am for eastern Dent County.  At 5:14am...national weather service doppler radar indicated a tornado 5 miles northwest of Turtle or 6 miles southeast of Salem...moving northeast at 55 miles per hour. Tuned to Ky3 Ozarks Today for the latest.
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by KY3 News | October 2, 2011
BOSS, MO.-- A woman was killed in a crash Saturday night in Dent County near Boss.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Kimberly Rimes and her passenger Dustin Rimes, both from Salem, Missouri, were traveling down highway 32 when Kimberly drove off the road, over-corrected and went off the other side of the road. The vehicle oveturned, ejecting both Kimberly and her passenger. Dustin was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. Kimberly, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene.  
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | December 11, 2011
DENT COUNTY --  Ky3 News has learned  the names of the victims from Saturday night's double murder. The Dent County sheriff says Marvin Rice shot and killed his ex, Annette Durham, 32, and her boyfriend, Steven Strotkamp, 39, in their home near Salem.       The sheriff says Rice arrived at their house and demanded custody of his two-year-old son from Durham, which lead to the shooting. Rice was traced by his cell phone as he traveled up Highway 63.  The pursuit finally ended at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City where Rice tried to get away on foot.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | October 18, 2011
SALEM, Mo. -- For the second time in just three days, two teens from the same family were killed in a wreck in the Ozarks.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says Mackenzie Miller, 17, and her brother, Adam Miller, 14, died in a three-car accident on Missouri 32 three miles east of Salem on Monday afternoon. The patrol says the car driven by Mackenzie Miller struck the rear of a vehicle, crossed the center line, and then was hit by an oncoming car.  Three people in the oncoming car were injured, including a 14-year-old girl who suffered serious injuries.
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KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | April 23, 2011
SALEM, Mo. -- Two people face charges in Dent County, Missouri for allegedly helping an escaped inmate hide from authorities. Investigators say Robbie Klieber was captured at his brother's home on Wednesday after fighting off a deputy and running from the Dent County jail on Tuesday night. Officers have charged his brother, Danny Klieber and a woman, Shauna Steelman with hindering the prosecution of a felony. Both have pleaded not guilty.  
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by KY3 News | May 18, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a trial court's verdict in the murder conviction of Donald Nash.  In 2008, authorities say, advancements in DNA technology linked Nash to Judy Spencer's death in Salem in 1982.  He was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him. Investigators said Spencer was shot and strangled.  Prosecutors linked DNA found at the crime scene to Nash. Prosecutors charged Nash under a law that was in place in 1982, not the laws in place in 2008.  His attorney argued on appeal that, when first-degree murder replaced capital murder in the Missouri lawbook in 1984, lawmakers deleted capital murder entirely.  The Supreme Court ruled Nash was properly charged and convicted.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | April 20, 2011
SALEM, Mo. -- The Dent County sheriff reports Kenneth (Robbie) Klieber, who escaped from custody on Tuesday night, was recaptured on Wednesday morning after an all-night manhunt.  Officers found Klieber at a rural home outside Salem. The sheriff's department says Klieber fought off a deputy before running from the jail around 9 p.m.  Online court records show Klieber was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.  Investigators said they considered Klieber to be dangerous.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | March 1, 2011
SALEM, Mo. -- The Dent County Sheriff's Department is investigating a double homicide about five miles northwest of Salem.  The call came in around 5 on Tuesday evening from a home at 2342 County Road 2240, near County Road 2270. The victims were Dennis Lewis, 57, and his wife, Mary, 50.  Investigators sent the bodies to Columbia for autopsies.   Sheriff Rick Stallings wouldn't say how the Lewises died but says he's ruled out murder-suicide.  The sheriff said they died inside their home, which is where Dennis Lewis was born and raised.
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by Steve Grant, KY3 News and sgrant@ky3.com | September 27, 2013
SALEM, Mo. -- A food company executive faces 10 charges related to growing marijuana at his home and possession of other controlled substances.  Ryan Parker, 39, of Salem was charged on Thursday by the Dent County prosecuting attorney. Besides marijuana, investigators say they found a stash of cocaine and dozens of powerful painkilling pills.  If convicted, Parker could face years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Law enforcement agents raided his home at 1799 Highway CC near Salem on Wednesday.   The property has a home and a “secondary house structure,” according to the probable cause statement.
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By: Edited News Release | July 22, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Governor Jay Nixon today appointed Tina Whitaker, the assessor-elect of Dent County, to serve the remainder of the term of Assessor Brenda Bell, who passed away last month after serving as Assessor since 1981. Whitaker, a Democrat, has served as the deputy assessor for Dent County since December 1973. She was elected as assessor in November, a position in Missouri where the term of office begins the following September. Because of the vacancy, the Governor has appointed Whitaker to serve until her full term begins.
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by Paula Morehouse and Tom Schultheis, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | April 18, 2013
SALEM, Mo. -- It's a scene repeated every day throughout the Ozarks: kids riding school buses.  Last Tuesday, though, a bus ride for a Salem kindergarten student was anything but typical when an older boy brought a container onto the bus. "A fourth grader had convinced him that it was a lemonade or apple juice," said the mother, whom we'll call Sue (not her real name), of the kindergarten boy. It turns out it wasn't lemonade or apple juice; it was urine. After taking a drink, Sue said, her son immediately realized it wasn't what he was told.  She added that the bus driver discovered what was going on and called the school right way. Sue was devastated when she heard.  "It was gut wrenching to say the least," she said.
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By Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Follow Chris on Twitter @iamchrisbrewer | April 2, 2013
SARCOXIE, Mo. - Authorities say a number of cattle were stolen recently in Jasper County. Jasper County deputies say 18 head of cattle were stolen between March 28 and 31 from the area of 2182 County Road 10 in Sarcoxie. Seventeen of the cattle were calves with an average weight of 550 pounds, authorities said. The adult cow had an "LM" brand on its left hip, according to deputies. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Detective Paul Ayers at the Jasper County Sheriff's Office at (417)
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com | March 18, 2013
JADWIN, Mo. - The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of a deadly house fire in Dent County that happened over the weekend. Firefighters received the call at roughly 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Three departments responded to the fire. Seventy-year old Jessie Laughlin, and her daughter-in-law, 57-year old Elizabeth Laughlin were killed in the fire. Authorities worked at the scene until late Sunday morning.
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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 7, 2012
SALEM, Mo. -- A Dent county man will spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting to the brutal murders of his sister and brother in law. Investigators say Gary Stevens, 59, shot Dennis and Mary Lewis execution style at their home in Salem last spring.  He pleaded guilty to the charges late last week.
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March 15, 2012
Barry County Date & Time: 3/13/12; 7:30pm Location: Crowder College - Community Center, 420 North Main, Cassville, MO Barton County Date & Time: 3/17/12; 10am Location: Barton County Courthouse (big courtroom) 1007 Broadway, Lamar, MO 64759 Bates County Date & Time: 3/17/12; 2:30pm Location: Ruby Stotmeister, 305 N Delaware, Butler, MO Benton County Date & Time: 3/17/12; 9am, registration; 10am meeting Location: Benton County Courthouse (big courtroom)
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March 8, 2012
SCHOOL DISTRICTS FIRE AND AMBULANCE DISTRICTS CITIES AND TOWNS SCHOOL BOARDS SALEM R-80 SCHOOL DISTRICT (Elect 2) Chris Heavin Carrie Coffman Snider Barry Wainwright ROLLA 31 SCHOOL DISTRICT (Elect 2) Jeanne Cavender Rodney Southard Gregory J. Stratman Tom Sager DENT-PHELPS R-II SCHOOL DISTRICT (Elect 2) Susie Cahill Colleen M. Lebel Steve E. Watkins Alisa Brookshire NORTH WOOD R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT (Elect 2)
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | February 19, 2012
DENT COUNTY --  A former Dent County deputy charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend will be arraigned this week. Marvin Rice waived his right to a preliminary hearing; his arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday. Police say he killed Annette Durham and Steven Strotkamp during an argument at a home in Salem in December.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 27, 2011
SALEM, Mo. -- New charges have been filed involving a double murder case out dent county.  Marvin Rice now faces charges of armed criminal action, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest following a shootout with Jefferson City police on December 10th.  The shooting happened shortly after Rice allegedly gunned down his former lover, Annette Durham and her boyfriend Steven Strotkamp in their home near Salem.  Rice is set to be arraigned this Thursday...
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