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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | October 4, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --    It's an unfortunate story on which KY3 reports all too often: children abused and neglected.  A newly released Community Focus report says continued difficult economic times have made the problem worse. Children are defenseless victims of sometimes horrible crimes.  Some, like the case of Dominic James, the little boy who died in foster care at a home in Willard in 2003, forced a wave of change in Missouri's foster care system.  One of the latest high-profile cases is that of 2-month-old Kaiden Light.  Springfield police say his mother killed him a year ago. The new report says it's a trend that has no simple cause.  It's a combination of poverty, lack of early childhood development, and even lack of support from elected officials.  Concerned civic leaders met say it's time to act. "Child abuse and neglect have been a stubborn problem for our community," said Community Foundation of the Ozarks President Brian Fogle.
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by Paula Morehouse and Justin Haase, KY3 News and pmorehouse@ky3.com | January 11, 2012
EBENEZER, Mo. --  Having lived in northern Greene County for six years, Al Wagner is used to seeing a lot of animals native to the land.  Recently, though, he saw something that didn't fit in. "I was up there cutting wood on my property and seen 'em over there," said Wagner. Between the trees and in front of a pickup, Wagner spotted two caged monkeys. This isn't the first time his neighbor's property housed primates and other animals. The yard used to look like more like a zoo.  It belonged to the Rose family.  The siblings said they were running a not-for-profit animal sanctuary.
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by Chris Replogle | January 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Flu cases in Greene County spike to the highest numbers yet this winter. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports cases jumped to 242 through January 12, an increase of 89 cases compared to last week.  Overall, the health department reports 621 confirmed cases during this flu season's counting period.  Last season, health leaders confirmed 507 cases. Health leaders remind you flu vaccines remain available.  
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | June 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Cattle thefts are on the rise in the Ozarks, and in Greene County, the sheriff's office and local businesses are joining forces to try and catch cattle rustlers in a modern way. There are many tools cattle farmers use to try and deter a cattle thief, but the latest one will keep 24 hour watch.  They're surveillance cameras. For Charles Turk, raising cattle is nothing new.  "I'm 72 years old.  I've had cattle all my life," Turnk says. But one thing has changed- the frequency of cattle thefts in Greene County.  "Years ago, we really didn't have to worry about it," Turk says.
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | February 25, 2011
BATTLEFIELD, Mo.-- According to census numbers, Greene County grew nearly 14.5 percent, but one city in the county grew more than 134 percent.  The county's fastest growing and now third largest city, behind Springifield and Republic, is Battlefield. Ten years ago, Battlefield had nearly 2,400 people, but now the population is nearly 5,600. Actually, it may be over that number by now, because it's continuing to grow.  Marty and Lori Willadsen just moved to Battlefield today.  "We came to Battlefield about three hours ago; just closed on the house this morning, so we're pretty excited to be here," says Marty Willadsen.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | June 16, 2013
GREENE COUNTY-- A developing story from north of Springfield and just east of Highway 13 and Ritter Springs Park. A man suffered burns after an explosion in his mobile home around noon on Sunday on Farm Road 92. He was taken to a Springfield hospital. Firefighters in Ebenezer say they were able to get the fire knocked down pretty quickly and keep it contained to the mobile home. The cause and origin is under investigation.
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by Paula Dowler & NBC News and newsalerts@ky3.com | April 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County, Missouri gets a passing grade on air quality in a new study from the American Lung Association . The group studied air quality statistics nationwide.  Greene County received a grade of "B" in ozone as well as a grade of "B" in particle pollution. Nationwide, the American Lung Association says the quality of the air in the United States is improving.  The report says America's most polluted cities, all in California, are improving.  The St. Louis, Missouri area ranked #10 on the national list of cities with the most particle pollution year-round.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | August 9, 2012
HALLTOWN, Mo. - Investigators say a large wildfire in western Greene County this week was not arson.  The Greene County Sheriff's Department says two pieces of glass stuck together likely caused a magnifying effect and started a field on fire.  The fire started late Tuesday afternoon.  Several fire departments worked together through the night to protect homes and contain the fire, which was in a rural area along Farm Road 29 near Farm Road...
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | May 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Home prices are starting to bounce back in the Ozarks according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield. The figures are based on the average price of new homes based on closings by county. Greene, Christian, Taney, and Webster Counties all posted year to year gains. Barry and Stone Counties experienced a decline in home prices. Taney County led the pack. In 2012, the average price for a home was $280,947. In 2013, that number jumped to $322,359.
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By: Staff | July 20, 2013
NIXA Mo.  - Nixa authorities arrest two after an hour-and-a-half pursuit through Christian and Greene Counties. Nixa police began the chase shortly after midnight near the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 160.  The chase winded through Ozark, where the driver struck an Ozark Police car.  It continued into Springfield, ending near Tampa and Weaver.  The driver then hit a Nixa Police car multiple times.  Speeds in the chase reached 110...
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and lrussell@ky3.com | July 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- County sheriffs say they are very familiar with the man charged with cattle and farm equipment theft last week.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol and sheriffs from Greene, Christian and Barry Counties were on hand Monday to talk about the arrest of suspected cattle thief Howard Perryman. It took a day long man-hunt last Thursday in western Greene County, but Harold Perryman is now in custody, charged with stealing farm equipment and livestock. "I can tell you from 1988 when I started as a deputy sheriff in Greene County, Howard Perryman was a cattle rustler then.  He's a cattle rustler today," says Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and by Gene Hartley, web editor and lrussell@ky3.com, ghartley@schurz.com | July 12, 2013
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers in Greene County spent all day Thursday on a manhunt in a mission to stop cattle thefts.  The Greene County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol searched for a man who eluded them in western Greene County.  They believe he's connected to multiple agricultural crimes.  They arrested Howard Perryman of Monett shortly after 6 p.m. It all started with an attempted traffic stop around 6:00...
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 12, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a man from Monett was taken into custody on Thursday after a nearly daylong search that covered a large area of northwest Greene County.  This is not the first time that Howard Perryman, 67, has been charged with thefts from farms. Perryman was charged in Greene County on Thursday with stealing farm equipment, stealing cattle and tampering with a motor vehicle.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says his arrest came after a long investigation carried out by the patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, and the Barry and Greene County sheriff's departments.
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Posted by Kristy Larangeira and news@ky3.com | July 10, 2013
FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- The Fair Grove Police Department is set to undergo an internal review, but the reasons why remain unclear.  Aldermen voted in favor of the review after a closed meeting last night with the Greene County's sheriff.  Right now, the acting police chief won't comment about the vote or the reasons behind it.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | July 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Expenses are up and revenue is down.  That's dilemma facing Greene County government leaders.  Now the city and county are forming a task force to try to help the county with its budget woes. The task force will look at some of the issues that prompted one county official to suggest that the city should give the county a greater share of the funds from a voter-approved sales tax for law enforcement. "(This comes from) suggestions that the city relinquish its share of the Law Enforcement Sales Tax and let the county have that money and then the city responding, 'No, but thank you for the offer,'” said Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
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By: Staff | July 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man is behind bars, accused of holding up a Republic, Missouri loan business. The men walked into Empire Financial Wednesday wearing a stocking cap.  The man handed a note to the teller, demanding money.  He left the business on foot.  Officers arrested him thirty minutes later in the 400 block of North Alexander. The suspect is being held in the Greene County jail.  
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Plans for a new Greene County morgue are likely being down-sized because the bids came in over budget.   Greene County has never had its own morgue, but instead uses private ones at hospitals and funeral homes.  "We spend a lot of time driving around town, from place to place.  We have families call and don't know where their loved one is," said Tom Van De Berg, chief investigator for the Greene County Medical Examiner's Office....
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | June 30, 2013
WILLARD, Mo. -- An 82-year-old woman from Aldrich died at a hospital on Saturday night, after she was one of five people, including a small child, injured in a head-on crash on Missouri 123 just north of Willard. The Highway Patrol identifies the victim as Betty R. Vest.   The accident happened just after 5 o'clock Saturday evening.   Vest was riding in a car hit head on after the driver of the other car crossed the center line, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  A highway patrol report says officers arrested that 20-year-old driver from Walnut Grove on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, vehicular assault, and driving under the influence of drugs.
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by Shayla Patrick, KY3 and spatrick@ky3.com | June 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An increase in burglaries in southwest Springfield has residents and law enforcement officers on high alert. Flashing electronic signs along Farm Road 164 were installed to alert residents, and warn thieves. The flashing messages on these signs might make you double check to make sure your doors are locked and windows are shut. "I have all my kids and my husband so it kind of worries me a lot," said Springfield Resident Jamie Dodson. Dodson lives near a Springfield neighborhood that's being targeted by thieves.
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edited news release | June 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Crime Stoppers says fugitive Frankie Godino was arrested on June 29.   Godino was wanted in Greene County for violating conditions of his probation after convictions for theft and possession of a controlled substance.  His arrest was not related to a Crime Stoppers tip. People with information about any felony can call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8477).  You may also submit your information securely online or text “417SPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES)
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