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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | September 13, 2012
ALTON, Mo. -- A man from Shannon County is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10 for breaking into a home near Winona and killing one of its residents four years ago.  Circuit Judge David Evans convicted Roy Bradshaw Jr. this week of 18 crimes, including murder, robbery and burglary, after Bradshaw waived his right to a jury trial. Investigators said Bradshaw and his girlfriend, Jaclyn Agee, broke into the home of Albert Shoemaker, tied him up and ransacked his house in May 2008.  During the robbery, which started about 4 a.m., Shoemaker's live-in girlfriend, Diane Ledgerwood, came home with two friends.  Ledgerwood tried to run but Bradshaw shot and killed her. Ledgerwood's friends were held hostage, but were later released.  Police found Ledgerwood's body in her car in a remote location a few miles east of Winona.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and lrussell@ky3.com | March 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A kidnapping note scribbled on a paper towel caught the attention of a woman from Springfield at a convenience store on Saturday night.  The note said, "The man I'm with has kidnapped, raped, and is threatening to kill me. "  Scribbled on a paper towel lying on the counter at the Kum & Go on Sunshine Street at Ingram Mill Road, it caught the attention of a customer named Jessica, who says she immediately called 911.  ...
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | January 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A local group is hosting an event this weekend to give parents the resources for getting critical information in the hands of authorities quickly, when a child gets lost or kidnapped. It's called the Missouri Child Identification Program, or MoCHIP. The free event will be held at Pathways United Methodist Church, at 1232 E. Dale St. in Springfield from 10 - 2 on Saturday.  It's absolutely free, and organizers say the program has already helped recover 8 missing kids right here in Missouri.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | December 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Greene County man who police say admitted to killing a Springfield woman and burning her body earlier this year is due in court today. Prosecutors charged Jay Rothe with murder and kidnapping in connection with the death of Linda Riley, who went missing in February. Riley's body was found a week later near Stockton Lake. According to police documents, Rothe said he was jealous of the people Riley spent time with. When Rothe confronted Riley at her home in north Springfield, the argument turned violent.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | December 13, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. -- Two men accused of kidnapping and murdering a couple from the Willard area were scheduled to be in court on Thursday morning.  Tony Friend and Dusty Hicks both seek to have their cases moved out of Taney County because extensive publicity about their case. Rusty and Rebecca Porter vanished from their house in April 2011. Their bodies were found in a remote area near Protem three months later. Tony Friend's son, Phillip, is also charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the case.  His next court appearance is scheduled for February.  
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor | December 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Greene County man who police say admitted to killing a Springfield woman and burning her body earlier this year is due in court today. Prosecutors charged Jay Rothe with murder and kidnapping in connection with the death of Linda Riley, who went missing in February. Riley's body was found a week later near Stockton Lake. According to police documents, Rothe said he was jealous of the people Riley spent time with. When Rothe confronted Riley at her home in north Springfield, the argument turned violent.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 Reporter and Tom Schultheis, KY3 Photojournalist and KY3 Reporter | August 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- With a community still in grief and disbelief, a southwest Missouri man accused of kidnapping and killing a 12 year old girl goes in front of a judge. Bobby Bourne Junior's first court appearance comes one week after Adriaunna Horton of Golden City went missing. Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom, but we can tell you, members of Adriaunna's family looked her alleged killer in the face as he walked out, scanning the crowd, to stand before a judge. Bobby Bourne was shackled hand and foot and wore a bullet proof vest even in the courtroom.  Multiple patrol cars sat outside, with twelve officers on hand in the courtroom, as Bourne was made formally aware of the charges against him. Debbie Cooper, Adriaunna's great-aunt, says "I had to see him.  I had to see him.  It wasn't hard for me to walk in there at all.  What was hard was watching him leave.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | January 10, 2013
ROLLA, Mo. -- A man from Newburg was charged this week with killing a woman in Florida 15 years ago.  Investigators say DNA evidence led to charges of capital murder and kidnapping against Harry Leach, 52.  Detectives believe Leach went to the murder victim's home as a repairman before the murder. Someone killed Pluma Sanford, 73, at her home in Fort Walton Beach on Aug. 15, 1997.  No one was charged until this week, and it happened because of advances in technology. On Jan. 23, 2012, a Phelps County sheriff's deputy arrested Leach after a domestic assault involving a weapon.  That led to Leach being placed on probation.   Last October, a DNA sample was taken from Leach to comply with a recently-passed Missouri law mandating DNA samples be submitted on everyone arrested for felonies.  All DNA samples obtained by law enforcement agencies are entered into the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS)
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | August 20, 2012
KIRBYVILLE, Mo.--   Three suspicious incidents on Friday have parents, especially in Taney County, on high alert.  It's not clear if they're all connected, but all three involve a mini-van stopping and the driver talking to children.  On quiet Norman road near Kirbyville, Leonna Rasha didn't used to worry about her kids playing in the front yard, but that's now changed.  "I've not let them out the front door since," Rasha says. She worries someone was trying to kidnap her children.  "They had went to the neighbors and took some food over to the neighbors, and when they came back up the driveway, a van pulled in behind them," says Rasha.
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Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | March 4, 2012
PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- Jury selection will resume Monday in the trial against Chris Collings. Collings is one of two men charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering Rowan Ford of Stella.  The trials in both cases have been delayed multiple times; Collings' case was delayed last year because of the inability to seat a jury. His trial could possible get underway on Thursday.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | September 29, 2011
WHEATLAND, Mo. -- A man is in custody after Hickory County sheriff's deputies say he nearly kidnapped three girls in his company van.  Richard Gibisas, 55, of Overland Park, Kan., near Kansas City, is charged with three counts of attempted child kidnapping.  Understandably, parents of the girls are thankful this story didn't turn out differently. “It's very heart-wrenching, hard to go through,” said Charles Edington, the father of one girl. “What if they would have got her?
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KY3 News | September 17, 2011
A guilty plea for a woman from Hollister, charged with kidnapping. Brandi Crapps admitted she played a part in holding a man, a 15-year-old girl and a 6-month-old baby at gunpoint in his house back in July.  No one was hurt. She received a 30-day suspended sentence.  Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Burton is also charged in the case.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | July 11, 2011
JACKSON, Mo. -- A thirty-nine year old man is accused of kidnapping his own children has a preliminary hearing set for next month. Scott Pikey from Jackson, Missouri is charged with felony child abduction.  He allegedly took his children from a domestic violence shelter in Ozark last summer.  Police say Pikey waited for a car to drive through the shelter's gate and followed it onto the property.  Court documents say Pikey took the children while...
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KY3 News | July 3, 2011
A Springfield man has been charged with eight felonies after allegedly kidnapping his estranged wife. Police say Saturday night, Paul A. Williams entered a home on the 2200 block of North Main where his wife was visiting.  Court documents say Williams pulled a gun and warned he shoot everyone in the house if the woman would not go with him to talk.  Paperwork shows he fired a round hitting the living room television. Williams took the woman to the Shrine Mosque where he worked to talk about their relationship.  Police say she convinced Williams to turn himself in. He's being held on a $250,000 bond.  Along with kidnapping, Williams is charged with armed and criminal action, a felon in pocession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, restraint, robbery and burglary.
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Brian Vandenberg and KY3 News Producer | March 16, 2011
U.S. Marshals catch a man accused of holding 3 people hostage earlier this month.  Christopher Fragoso was arrested Wednesday at a Springfield convenience store on a warrant of 3 counts of kidnapping.  Police say Fragoso held two women and a man at gunpoint in a home on south Brekleyn Avenue.  They weren't hurt.  Another man was arrested earlier for the kidnapping.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | March 7, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Prosecutors charged two men from Springfield on Monday for what Greene County sheriff's deputies described as a hostage situation on Saturday night.  David Barth, 18, is charged with one count of kidnapping and Christopher Fragoso, 23, is charged with three counts of kidnapping. Deputies say Barth and Fragoso held two women and a man at gunpoint in a house at 708 S. Brecklyn Ave., west of Springfield near Deer Lake Golf Course.  The hostages were able to escape later and were not hurt.
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by KY3 News | February 14, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A 3-year-old boy who was kidnapped by his mother's boyfriend last fall will soon be reunited with his mother in Springfield after law officers found him in Los Angeles.  Now officers will work to bring the suspected kidnapper, Bernard Rheaves, back to Springfield to face a criminal charge. Britnay Cavazos reported to police that her son was taken by Rheaves without her permission last Oct. 18, although she didn't believe the boy was in danger.  A city police detective worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the U.S. Marshals Service to find Rheaves and the boy.  Greene County prosecutors charged Rheaves with child abduction on Jan. 27. The detective, Cpl. Robert Byrne, was able to get an arrest warrant for Rheaves and U.S. marshals arrested him and recovered the boy.  A Springfield Police Department spokesman said the boy, who the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said is also named Bernard Rheaves,  was on his way back to Springfield on Monday afternoon.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | October 8, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County prosecutors charged Lindsey Kleber on Friday with assaulting and kidnapping her ex-husband on Thursday night outside a dormitory at Baptist Bible College.  Witnesses told police that Kleber plowed her car into Steven Kleber's car, shot him, forced him into her car and sped away before being arrested a mile away. Online court records show the couple's divorce was finalized in Kansas City on Sept. 27, two months after Lindsey Kleber filed for divorce, and seven weeks after Steven Kleber was charged with shaking their 7-month-old daughter in June.
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