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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | July 21, 2012
OZARK COUNTY -- A woman Ozark County is behind bars after being charged in the murder of Charles Wiggins.      The Ozark County Sheriff's Office said Angela Plemmons, 41,  was charged late Friday night with first degree murder and armed criminal action. Authorities said Wiggins. 74, was stabbed multiple times Friday afternoon on his property in Dugginsville, Missouri.      Wiggins was rushed to a Springfield hospital where he was pronounced dead. So far, no motive has been established.
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | May 2, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Shane Ledbetter of Gainesville to be the Ozark County coroner.   The position was vacant because Ronald Mahan resigned. Ledbetter, a Republican, was deputy county coroner for the past four years.  He is an embalmer and funeral director for the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville, and previously served as an embalmer for funeral homes in Springfield.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | March 23, 2011
DUGGINSVILLE, Mo. --At least three homes were destroyed after wildfires swept through rural Ozark County on Wednesday afternoon and evening.   Dozens of volunteer firefighters from around the county battled at least seven or eight separate fires.  Authorities said at one point, close to 1,000 acres were burning at once.  The effort to control the fires was expected to last into Thursday.   On Wednesday night, the sky north of Theodosia was lit-up with an orange glow.  The blaze was actually several miles away from the community, and residents there were not in danger.
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by Ky3 News | July 3, 2011
OZARK COUNTY, Mo., -- A young man has died this holiday weekend after his vehicle ran off the road in Ozark County Saturday night around 6:30. Highway patrol troopers say 22-year old David Nelson was driving down highway 95, near Theodosia, when his car went off the left side of the road and overturned in a ditch. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene.
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KY3 News | August 27, 2011
New developments in a hit-and-run death from Ozark County.  The suspect in that deadly accident has turned himself in to authorities. Jeff Lundry turned himself in Friday afternoon.  Officers say Lundry was pulling a home-made trailer that came unhitched from his pickup truck on last Saturday at the bridge over the North Fork White River. The trailer hit a Jeep driven by David and Nancy Littrell.  David was pronounced dead at the scene. No word on when Lundry will appear in court on charges of leaving the scene of an accident.
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edited news release | March 8, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Phyllis Gaulding Turner of Gainesville to be Ozark County treasurer.  The position was vacant because of the death of James Ford. Turner, a Republican, has more than 25 years experience in fiscal management, including working for Bryant Freight in Gainesville, and Hallmark Cards Inc. and Image Technologies Corp. in Kansas City.  She and her husband own and operate the Antler Motel in Gainesville. “Phyllis Gaulding Turner has extensive experience in financial and accounting matters, and that experience will help her in providing good financial leadership to serve the people of Ozark County,” Nixon said.  “I also appreciate the public service provided to the citizens of Ozark County by Mr. Ford before his passing.”   
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by KY3 News | November 12, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Lisa Hawkins of Noble to be county clerk in Ozark County for the rest of the year.  Hawkins replaces Kelly Maddox, who resigned.  Voters last week elected Hawkins to a full term as county clerk, starting in January. Hawkins, a Republican, has served as chief deputy clerk since 1999, and concurrently served as the deputy clerk to the county treasurer.  She's a native of Ozark County.
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by Steve Grant, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | April 6, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Mo. -- The Ozark County prosecuting attorney will seek the death penalty against a man and woman from Mountain Grove.  Investigators think Marty Overby and Candace Richardson stole money and drugs from Charles Peterson and then killed him near Spring Creek.  They're also accused of setting Peterson's trailer on fire last September. Overby's trial date is pending.  Richardson is scheduled to go on trial in October.
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by Doug Owen, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 31, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Mo. -- A man from Shawnee, Kan., was arrested and charged for a fire that destroyed a fire station in rural Ozark County last month.   Jonathan Cain, 28, faces an array of charges, including theft, burglary, arson and armed criminal action.  He was in the Ozark County jail on Tuesday in lieu of a $200,000 bond. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department says, on April 23, Cain broke into the Timber Knob Fire Department south of Pontiac and set the building on fire, doing more than $200,000 in damage to fire trucks and equipment.  He’s also accused of breaking into the home of Fire Chief Ruby Winslow to try to steal guns from her. Investigators say Cain worked for Winslow at her ranch and helped her at the fire department.  According to a probable cause statement used as the basis of the charges, Cain and an accomplice, who hadn't been charged as of Tuesday, broke into the fire station and set the fire to lure Winslow away from her home, so they could burglarize her home while she was away.  After nearly getting caught when Winslow returned to her house, investigators say the two fled to Shawnee, Kan., and faked a report of a vehicle break-in with local police to create an alibi.  Witnesses in Missouri near the fire department gave a vehicle description that matched the pickup used by the arsonist.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | August 13, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Mo. -- The Ozark County Sheriff's Department says a teenager was shot in the arm while he and three other people were trying to rob a marina on Norfork Lake on Sunday afternoon.  Investigators believe the three males and one female stole a synthetic marijuana product (often called K2 or Spice) from Udall Marina, and the teenager was shot while they were fleeing. A news release on Sunday says the shooting victim is 17 years old.  He is being treated at the hospital in West Plains.  The other three suspects were arrested and could face charges.
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by Paula Morehouse, Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | September 7, 2013
OZARK COUNTY, Mo. -- A home with a history of people dying from prescription drug overdoses is now a burned out shell. Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed tells KY3 News that his deputies were called to the house on Saturday afternoon at 4p.m., but he believes the house was burned on Friday. Reed says he suspects it was the work of an arsonist, but he says he called in the state fire marshal to investigate. Reed says to his knowledge, no one was home at the time of the fire. Over the last ten years, five people linked to this same house in Tecumseh have died.  The sheriff said the deaths were the result of prescription drug overdoses.
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by Paul Adler, KY3 News / Follow Paul on Facebook, Twitter @KY3Pad and Email padler@ky3.com | September 3, 2013
Gainesville, MO: The mother of an Ozarks soldier killed in action in Iraq is getting support from across the country in an effort to honor her son. Pamela Hengen tells us she's organizing a 5k run with a twist. She writes, "i t is a little different in that participants can run/walk here in Gainesville, Missouri or participate at their location (run, walk, cycle, etc.). So, you can join the event from anywhere in the world. Pamela tells us, "c urrently there are registered participants in six states and one in Afghanistan who will be participating on that day. " Pamela's son Matthew J. England died on June 8, 2011.
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edited news release from Douglas County sheriff | August 20, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- On Aug. 14, Sheriff Chris Degase and Sgt. Vernon Johnson arrested Jesse Pickel, 18, of Ava after they received information that Pickel broke into the offices of the Douglas County Herald during the night.  Sheriff Degase and Sgt. Johnson were able to recover more than $1,000 worth of computer equipment that had been taken from the Herald and a small amount of change and cash. Degase questioned Pickel about numerous other burglaries in Ava and Douglas County.  At the conclusion of the investigation, Pickel was charged with the 10 counts of burglary and 10 counts of theft/stealing.  Of the 20 charges, 13 are felonies and 7 are misdemeanors.
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by Shayla Patrick and Tim Leimkuhler, KY3 News and spatrick@ky3.com | August 16, 2013
PONTIAC, Mo. -- A married couple from Oakland, Ark., are accused of a murder-for-hire plot this spring and summer in Ozark County, where they're now in the jail in Gainesville.  A special prosecutor says James Smart, 68, and his wife, Roberta, 70, offered to pay two relatives to kill a man who the Smarts said had “done them wrong and is a bad person.” The charges and probable cause statements against the Smarts say they offered their son-in-law,...
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 5, 2013
Tuesday is an election day for seven counties in the Missouri Ozarks. At least one item is on the ballot in Camden, Cedar, Lawrence, Polk, St. Clair, Texas and Webster counties. The issues at stake include funding for the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, El Dorado Springs School District, Lawrence County Health Center and Central Polk County Fire Protection District. Greene County has no issues on the ballot. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in each county that is voting Tuesday.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | August 3, 2013
OZARK COUNTY, Mo. -- Four children were taken into protective custody in Ozark County on Friday night, after deputies busted up an active meth lab inside their home. Four people inside the home in Ocie were arrested after officers said they caught them making the drugs.      The meth was being cooked in the presence of the children, who range in age from one month to five years old. Officers said they also confiscated pornographic materials that were in reach of the children.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 Reporter and Mike Coonrod, KY3 Photojournalist and lrussell@ky3.com | July 22, 2013
SEYMOUR, Mo.-- We're learning more from court documents in the case against 67 year old Howard Perryman, who is charged with stealing farm equipment and cattle in the multiple Ozarks counties. Search warrant documents filed in Barry County offer more details in the investigation. Investigators started tracking Howard Perryman's movements in his purple GMC pickup in April with the help of a GPS tracking device.  Over the next three months, the GPS showed Perryman traveled to multiple counties, despite limitations because of his bond.
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By: Edited News Release | July 19, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY -   Missouri Governor Jay Nixon today announced President Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri as a result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and prolonged flooding that affected large portions of the state from May 29 to June 10. The federal government has approved public assistance for 27 Missouri counties, which allows local governments and nonprofit agencies to seek assistance...
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by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | July 15, 2013
PONTIAC, Mo. -- A volunteer coach for a Springfield high school football team drowned in Bull Shoals Lake this weekend, authorities said. Sgt. Marty Elmore with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said a dive team found the body of Terrence Christian around the Cow Pen Cove area on Monday. Missouri State Water Patrol troopers and Ozark County sheriff's deputies had been searching for Christian after he went underwater near Pontiac at roughly 4 p.m. Sunday. Christian served as a volunteer coach for the Glendale High School football team.  His death is the  third reported drowning on Ozarks waterways over the July 13-14 weekend.
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by Shayla Patrick, KY3 News and spatrick@ky3.com | June 12, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Mo. -- A father and his son were shot dead at a rural home near Noble on Tuesday night.  A 52-year-old man is charged with shooting them with a semi-automatic rifle while they had their hands in the air and begged not to be shot. Leland Maupin is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action for the deaths of Mike Hadley, 56, and David Hadley, 22.   Maupin was arrested at the scene and is held without bond in the Ozark County jail.
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