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by Brian Vandenberg, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | April 5, 2011
TOPAZ, Mo. -- A man apparently drowned in eastern Douglas County.  The sheriff says Jonathan Goodman of Ava was found dead in a creek near Topaz.  There were no signs of foul play, but an autopsy has been ordered since there were no witnesses.
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edited news release and newsalerts@ky3.com | August 30, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Auditor Tom Schweich released his staff's completed audit of Douglas County.  In the areas that were examined, the overall performance of the county is rated poor. "I am hopeful that county officials will work together to make needed improvements for the taxpayers of Douglas County," Schweich said.   As noted in a previous report, the state auditor's office found the financial condition of the General Revenue and Special Road and Bridge Funds has declined, and, although revenues continue to decline, spending is expected to increase.
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KY3 News | September 11, 2010
The Douglas County sheriff's department is investigating a murder in the county. There are very few facts in the case, but KY3 has learned deputies found the body Friday night. An autopsy has been scheduled.  We'll bring you the latest as it becomes available.
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news release from Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase | April 18, 2012
AVA, Mo. -- Douglas County sheriff's deputies Cpl. Brad Loveless and Deputy Nathan Long responded to a home on Highway K on Monday after getting a report about a man holding his wife hostage.  While deputies and Sheriff Chris Degase were en route, dispatch told them that two neighbors and two more family members who went to the home to help the wife were now being held at gunpoint as well. Loveless and Long arrived first and began speaking with the man on the PA system.  Deputies were able to get him to release the two neighbors and two family members.  The wife was able to hide in the house while the other four were leaving but she did not exit the house at that time.
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KY3 News | November 5, 2010
Imagine a playground for children designed by the kids themselves.  That's what they're doing in Douglas County, getting together to build a safe and fun place for children in that area. Folks in Ava and other parts of Douglas County are now behind the grassroots effort to build a state of the art playground.   While the kids suggested a theme for the playground, the grown-ups are getting busy raising money for the project. Friday the group held its design celebration by walking down the main strip in Ava to the site for the playground, releasing dream balloons and raising money.
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KY3 News | June 26, 2011
Sentencing in August for a woman from Mountain Home, after confessing to robbing and killing a man in Douglas County. Twenty-nine-year-old Aimee Herring admitted she shot and stabbed Philip Taylor to death last September; his body was dumped on a road near Ava. Another woman, April Quick, is also charged in Taylor's murder.  Her trial is set to begin on December 12.  Taylor and Quick had three children together
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | August 30, 2012
RED BANK, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers are investigating a fatal shooting by a law enforcement officer in a remote area of western Douglas County on Thursday morning.  The Missouri Highway Patrol sasy David Leroy Phillips, 41, of Hillsdale, Illinois was shot by an officer with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.  A Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman say the shooting was about 10 a.m. After the shooting, a woman ran into the woods. ...
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edited news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department | August 8, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- Sheriff Chris Degase and Sgt. Vernon Johnson on Wednesday concluded an investigation that covered multiple Missouri counties and even led them into Arkansas.  They recovered nearly $30,000 in stolen items that have been returned to their owners.  Jared Day, 31, of Ava and Jody Hull, 31, of Sparta were arrested on July 20 for possession of a controlled substance after they were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug...
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Edited news release from the U.S. Forest Service | November 1, 2011
AVA, Mo. -- Mark Twain National Forest will leave Noblett Lake temporarily dry until spring 2012. After coordinating with Missouri Departments of Natural Resources and Conservation, Mark Twain National Forest has decided  to leave the dam gate open, leaving the lake bed dry except for the perennial stream portion, until spring 2012. This will allow cold weather to kill undesirable vegetation within Noblett Lake. Vandals August 17, 2011 accessed Noblett Lake's dam and opened the gate, allowing Noblett Lake water to flow into surrounding streams.
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edited news release | September 25, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- A man from Vanzant is accused of hitting a police officer with his car and trying to run over a sheriff's deputy during a chase last week.  Officers say they learned later that Kirk Kleindolph, 51, hit a pedestrian in an alley before the chase. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase says the chase began in Mountain Grove on the morning of Sept. 18 when city police and Wright County sheriff's deputies tried to stop Kleindolph.  During the chase, officers say, Kleindolph held his arm out the window and waved at officers.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | September 22, 2013
AVA, Mo.-- A 42 year old Ava man is behind bars, awaiting formal charges for shooting at two people in western Douglas County off Highway DD Saturday night. The Douglas County sheriff says a fight broke out at a residence, and the suspect fired shots at a husband and wife.  She ran to a neighbor's house to call 911, fearing her husband had actually been shot.  No one was hit by the bullets, but the man will likely face charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon. The sheriff says alcohol was a big factor in the incident.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol and a Missouri Department of Conservation officer also responded.
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edited news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department | August 8, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- Sheriff Chris Degase and Sgt. Vernon Johnson on Wednesday concluded an investigation that covered multiple Missouri counties and even led them into Arkansas.  They recovered nearly $30,000 in stolen items that have been returned to their owners.  Jared Day, 31, of Ava and Jody Hull, 31, of Sparta were arrested on July 20 for possession of a controlled substance after they were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug...
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By: Shayla Patrick, KY3 News and spatrick@ky3.com | May 26, 2013
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo - 59-year-old Steven Compton, of Ava, was found dead at a home on Friday night in the Gentryville Community. Authorities say only one shot was fired. “Well it sort of frightened me especially because it's so close you know,” said neighbor Lois Riley. Riley lives next door to where the shooting happened. She says she doesn't know the family very well, but her neighbors are always kind and helpful when she sees them. “To think someone got shot over there,” Riley said.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | April 27, 2013
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. -- After a week long investigation, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man wanted for sexual assault. Deputies began investigating last weekend when they were called to a home to check on the well-being of an 18-year old woman.     After the teenager was interviewed, she was taken to a hospital for her injuries. On Friday, authorities served an arrest warrant on Jacob James for forcible rape and assault. James, 31, was arrested; his bond set at $500,000.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 26, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- A man from Ava is accused of holding a teenager against her will and sexually assaulting her.  Jacob James, 31, was charged on Friday with forcible rape, forcible sodomy, armed criminal action, first-degree domestic assault, felonious restraint, and tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase says James was arrested early Friday after an investigation that lasted nearly a week.  He said nearly every deputy in his department worked on the case.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | April 18, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- Ten children and a school bus driver became stranded on a hill between two low water crossings that overtook a county road near Ava on Thursday morning.  Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase said the children and the bus driver went to a nearby home and waited out the situation.  The children and driver are all okay, and the bus did not drive into any water. The bus was driving down County Road 305 when the driver came to a low water crossing.  The driver turned around and attempted to head back the way they had come, but water had overtaken the road in a spot that was previously passable, Degase said.  The group stayed on the hill until the creeks subsided.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 16, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- The mayor of Ava is still the mayor, after a recount on Tuesday morning of votes from the election two weeks ago.  Incumbent Eddie Maggard won by just four votes in a race against a former mayor, Leon Harris, and a city employee, Lonnie Atchison. The recount shows Maggard with 185 votes; Atchison, 181 votes; and Harris, 154 votes.  The Douglas County county clerk says the results are final. [Editor's note: a previous version of this report erroneously said Harris won.]
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | April 1, 2013
BRANSON, Mo. -- City police said Monday that a man whose body was found in a bath tub on Friday was strangled.   That resulted in a murder charge against Sean Roberson, 24, the man who was charged on Saturday with assaulting Andros Valentin, 18. That charging statement against Roberson lists him as living in Branson in the Park Place Apartments, 3515 Arlene St., where Valentin was killed.  Two days before the murder, however, Roberson was in...
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edited news release from Missouri State Highway Patrol | January 2, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports eight people died during the New Year's holiday counting period from 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Troopers investigated 486 traffic crashes with 147 injuries and seven fatalities.  In addition, troopers made 124 arrests for driving while intoxicated.  The Lee's Summit Police Department investigated one of the fatalities. During last year's New Year's holiday counting period, troopers investigated 163 traffic crashes with 75 injuries and five of the six fatalities.  In 2011, troopers arrested 90 people for driving while intoxicated.  Last year, 777 traffic crashes occurred statewide over the New Year's holiday weekend, which included 311 injuries and six fatalities.
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