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KY3 News | August 21, 2011
A woman from Polk County is dead after a crash near Pleasant Hope. Troopers say 44-year-old Georgianne Sanner lost control of her SUV on Highway 215 early Sunday morning. She was thrown from the vehicle when it overturned. Her teenage daughter was also in the cab, she suffered minor injuries.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | October 16, 2011
POLK COUNTY -- A late night crash has claimed the lives of three people in Polk county. The accident happened around 11 o'clock Saturday night near County Road 140 and Mount Gilead--just east of Bolivar.       Troopers say the car sped through an intersection, crossed into a field before hitting an out-building, and burst into flames. The names and ages of those killed are expected to be released once family members are notified. The fire marshall is helping the highway patrol with the investigation.
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by KY3 News | February 26, 2011
BRIGHTON, Mo. -- The Polk County Sheriff's Department is investigating a body found in a field.  Sheriff Steve Bruce says the badly-decomposed body was found near the Missouri 215/Missouri 13 intersection near Brighton on Saturday afternoon.  The sheriff believes the body has been there for a long time. The body was about 300 feet from the highway in a wooded area.  A man walking the highway looking for scrap metal found the body. Investigators said Saturday that it appears the body was a transient.
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by KY3 News | June 4, 2011
POLK COUNTY, Mo.-- An old summer getaway in Polk County is getting new life.  Saturday, the "Graydon Springs Outdoor Legacy" organization held an open house at the historic Camp Wakahni, just outside of Walnut Grove. The campsite first opened in the 1870's as a healing site with the springs nearby.  It then became a popular camp up through the 1960's. Organizers say they hope to restore the campground and re-introduce people to the great outdoors. Here's how you can help Graydon Springs.
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by KY3 News | December 15, 2011
PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. -- A farmer died on Thursday afternoon after his tractor fell on top of him in a field.  Emergency medical responders said Kent Redd, 61 , was pulling a steel post out of the ground when the tractor tipped over. The accident was on Redd's property near the intersection of Highway KK at Highway H just north of Pleasant Hope.  The accident especially affected the medical responders because Redd was a volunteer for the Pleasant Hope Fire Department.  
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Edited News Release and newsalerts@ky3.com | October 5, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Polk County has received a rating of "Fair" after after a county wide audit conducted by the Missouri State Auditor's office. State law requires all counties that do not elect a county auditor to be audited by the state. A rating of "Fair" means the county needs to improve fiscal operations in several areas, and some findings need immediate attention. State Auditor Tom Schweich says it discovered several bookkeeping shortcomings in the office of the prosecuting attorney.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | April 28, 2013
POLK COUNTY, Mo.  -- A single car crash near Pleasant Hope on Sunday evening injured one person and stopped traffic for about an hour. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper told Ky3 News that the car swerved off the side of the road, hit a ditch, went airborne, and struck several trees.      The driver was air-lifted to a hospital; he is listed in serious condition. Authorities said they do not believe he was wearing a seat-belt.     
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | March 14, 2012
FAIR PLAY, Mo. -- Polk County Coroner Roy Harms says smoke inhalation is the cause of death for a man who died during a house fire on Tuesday.   The victim was James Coleman, 70. Harms says a cousin had visited with Coleman earlier in the day, and returned to find the house on fire around noon.  The cousin tried to rescue Coleman but was repelled by heat and smoke.  Coleman used a wheel chair and an oxygen tank. The Dunnegan Fire Department found the house along Missouri 32 in Fair Play fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | March 27, 2012
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Polk County Coroner Roy Harms said Tuesday that the autopsy found a small caliber bullet in the skull of a 12-year-old girl who was shot at her home on Saturday night.  Sierra Elliott died on Sunday night at a hospital in Springfield.  Sheriff Steve Bruce previously said the gun was a .22-caliber weapon. Investigators for thePolk County Sheriff's Departmentand the Missouri State Highway Patrol didn't release other information about the autopsy, which was led by investigators from Southwest Missouri Forensics, a private company that does autopsies for several counties.  Harms said he was present at only part of the autopsy at a hospital in Springfield.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | April 23, 2012
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- A man who lives north of Walnut Grove in southwest Polk County is charged with second-degree murder after a fight between relatives took a deadly turn on Sunday night.  Investigators believe Shannon Shaffer Sr., 39, veered off a gravel driveway near Eudora and hit Tommy Bryant, Junior, with his vehicle.  Bryant, 28, died at the scene. A probable cause statement used as the basis of the charge says Shaffer got into a fight with Bryant earlier in the day.   Witnesses told reporters that the earlier fight was at Stockton Lake when Shaffer and Bryant were drinking together.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | September 25, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- From its founding in honor of South American liberator Simon Bolivar to the roaring '20s, Bolivar has a rich history.  Here's a look back at how gangsters led the Polk County Sheriff's Department to buy a high powered gun in the 1930s.    
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by Paul Adler, KY3 News and padler@ky3.com | September 25, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Missouri's second longest rail-to-trail line leads bicyclists, runners and walkers into the heart of Bolivar.  It takes a special group of people to love and maintain the Frisco Highline Trail between here and Springfield. The rails are gone and the trains are gone.  The conductors on this line now are volunteers who love the Frisco Highline Trail. “We started out as Friends of Ozarks Greenways and then we merged in with the Polk County Bike Club eight years ago, and that's about when the trail really started happening,” said Frank Zanaboni.  “It's kind of the wild side of the Ozarks, and it's right there for anybody.” This trail is about 35 miles long.  It crosses road, runs next to woods, and over bridges.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | August 29, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- The murder case against a teenager from rural Polk County started over this week.   Levi Elliott, 16, is accused of shooting his stepsister, Sierra Elliott, 12, at their home between Bolivar and Fair Play in March 2012 while his father and stepmother were away.  After the shooting, investigators say, Elliott drove to Clinton and got a ride to Kansas City, where his mother took him to a police station. After a judge certified Elliott to be tried as an adult, he was charged in June 2012 with second-degree murder, and armed criminal action.   The case was moved from Polk County to Greene County this summer to try to ensure a fair outcome, and a trial was scheduled for Sept.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor / info from news release and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | July 25, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. - A man from Pleasant Hope has been sentenced to nine years in prison for child molestation. Polk County Prosecutor Kenneth Ashlock announced that James R. McElwee, 41, was sentenced in Polk County Court after having been found guilty of molesting a 13-year-old girl in January 2012. He will be transferred from the Polk County Jail, where he has been incarcerated since January 2012, to the Missouri Department of Corrections. The Polk County Sheriff's Department investigated the case; the girl had been interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, providing evidence that ultimately led to McElwee being convicted.
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by Brett Onstott, Justin Lux & Andrew Douglas, KY3 News Producers | May 20, 2013
NEAR GOLDEN CITY, Mo--An emergency manager reported a tornado touched down east of Golden City Monday morning.  Survey teams will be out today to see if there's any damage.  Tornado sirens also sounded in Polk County but we don't have a report of a confirmed touchdown. High winds damaged a barn near Aldrich, just north of Stockton Lake.  We're also getting reports of trees and branches knocked down in the same area along with power outages. In Springfield a tree came toppling down onto a car at National and Seminole.
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by Paula Morehouse and Robin Yancey, KY3 News | May 13, 2013
POLK COUNTY, Mo -- A concerned citizen's complaint to a state agency about a livestock packing plant in Halfway, Missouri, has led to some disturbing findings. The Halfway Packing Company is no longer in business, but before its doors closed the state found some serious problems with how business was conducted.    And it's unclear what, if anything, has been done to improve the conditions. In 2012, the Department of Natural Resources inspected the operation, which renders the bone and meat of dead livestock to produce bone meal and oil.      The inspectors found dead animals and animal parts had been exposed to storm-water.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | April 30, 2013
HALFWAY, Mo. -  It's located miles away from the nearest train track.  But, a small manufacturing facility is helping build the nations railroads. On Tuesday, Arrowhead Industries opened it's newly expanded warehouse and production center. It was built with help from Polk County's Enhanced Enterprise Zone tax credit program.  The EEZ incentives serve to assist local businesses for staying local, building local, and hiring local. "It's proof positive that you can have a success in local rural community that also benefits an entire county," stated Jay Kirksey, chairman of he EEZ commission.
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Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri Governor's Office | April 30, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY   -   Gov.   Jay Nixon   today named   J. Michael Brown   to serve as the new Prosecuting Attorney for Hickory County. The position became vacant earlier this year after the Governor appointed the former Prosecuting Attorney,   James A. Hackett , as Associate Circuit Judge for Hickory County. Brown, who resides in Hickory County, served as Associate Circuit Judge for Polk County for 24 years before retiring at the end of 2002.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | April 28, 2013
POLK COUNTY, Mo.  -- A single car crash near Pleasant Hope on Sunday evening injured one person and stopped traffic for about an hour. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper told Ky3 News that the car swerved off the side of the road, hit a ditch, went airborne, and struck several trees.      The driver was air-lifted to a hospital; he is listed in serious condition. Authorities said they do not believe he was wearing a seat-belt.     
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