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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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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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by KY3 News | December 9, 2011
UNION, Mo. -- A man from Salem pleaded guilty on Thursday afternoon for the strangulation of his girlfriend.  Jesse Berry, 28, received a life (30-year) prison sentence for the death of Andrea Ray at their home on June 10, 2010. Investigators believe Berry lashed out at Ray because she wanted to move out.  His trial, which was moved here from Dent County to try to ensure a fair outcome, was scheduled to start next Wednesday.  In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors reduced the charge from first-degree murder.
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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 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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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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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: 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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Curtis Hancock KY3 News | December 11, 2011
Dent Couny, Mo. -- Two people were shot and killed in rural Dent County on Saturday evening allegedly by a Dent County Sheriff's Deputy.  The man police suspect in the shooting was later shot by police in Jefferson City after a he was traced by police through his cell phone.  Details are as follows in a news release by the Dent County Sheriff. NEWS RELEASE: Dent County Sheriff, Rick Stallings, released information this evening concerning a double homicide that occurred in rural Dent County.  The Sheriff's Office was notified at approximately 6:30pm.  A witness reported the two victims, a male and female, had been shot by Marvin Rice, age 44, of Salem, MO. Rice, a former Dent County Sheriff's Deputy, and fled the scene with a two year old child.  Rice then left the child with a family member and fled the county.  Law enforcement was able to determine, through Rice's cell phone, that he was northbound on Hwy 63.  Other agencies were notified and, reportedly, a Deputy from the Osage County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop Rice's vehicle.  Rice failed to stop and a pursuit ensued, ending at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, where Rice fled on foot.  Rice was pursued into the hotel by the Deputy and officers of the Jefferson City Police Department.
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