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by Debbie Enlow, Ky3 News and denlow@ky3.com | April 27, 2012
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. -- A Taney County family is recovering after they were sickened by toxic fumes from chemicals used to clear a clogged pipe. The incident happened at a home on the 900 block of Painter Road on Thursday night. A hazardous materials team targeted the source of the fumes to the kitchen where one of the residents used three types of acid in an effort to clear the drain. Firefighters spent two hours removing the plumbing in the kitchen plumbing and cleaning up all the chemicals.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | May 2, 2011
TANEY COUNTY, Mo--As the muddy waters go down, evacuated home-owners are moving back in to start the cleaning process. Ken Gunter started retirement life one week ago.  Right when the water started to rise. Gunter and his family were scheduled to move to Arizona. "We wish we would have been here and taken the move about a week or ten days ago. Yeah, it's just another adventure in our lives," said Gunter. For now, the dry land and sunny skies of the west, will have to wait.
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by Sara Forhetz, Justin Lux, KY3 News | December 28, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. --The Taney County Sheriff's Department arrested three people on Saturday morning, stemming from a home invasion on Friday evening. Sheriff Jimmie Russell confirmed that Jonathan D. Hill, along with another man and woman, were found in a wooded area near the intersection of 265 and 65.  They were taken into custody around 7:30 Saturday morning. The three are accused of forcing their way into a home in the Ridgedale area, off Carlton Road, shortly after 5:00 p.m. Friday.
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by Paula Morehouse, Ky3 News reporter and Robin Yancey, Ky3 News Photographer | April 25, 2011
TANEY COUNTY, Mo., -- Except for the sounds of the pounding rain and a raging Brushy Creek, it's fairly quiet in the Bradleyville area of Taney County.       The flooding has most people cut off from everyday life.       "Just drive down here to look at it {the creek} and go back home," explained Jerry Herd.      "There's three bridges within a mile up through here and once the water gets up, we are just here until it goes down," said Margaret Dalton.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | June 21, 2011
BRANSON, Mo. --  People who lost their homes in this spring's severe flooding could find a buyer for their property, Uncle Sam. People in Taney County are considering a Buyout Program. This means FEMA will foot 75 percent of the bill for people that have significant damage. While it might sound like a good offer, there's a lot of reading between lines. Dozens of people came to Branson City Hall hoping to get answers. "We would entertain the offer, you bet we would," said J.R. Lewis.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | December 20, 2012
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - It was a busy 24 hours for firefighters in Taney County, who battled flames at two homes Wednesday. The first fire flared up yesterday morning on Short Street in Rockaway Beach. Once on scene, firefighters say they could see flames coming from one end of a mobile home. Those inside the home made it out. The cause could not be determined. The second fire took place after 6 p.m. Wednesday on Linwood Road in Merriam Woods. What began as a flue fire extended into the attic and roof of the home.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | December 4, 2011
TANEY COUNTY -- Taney County firefighters are crediting a maintenance worker for spotting a fire in a cabin near Ridgedale, Missouri. Fire officials say the employee was called to repair a furnace at the cabin on Saturday afternoon.       While trying to fix the unit, the worker noticed smoke near the ceiling. Firefighters say it took more than two hours to contain the fire. Officials say the cause appears to be an electrical issue.   There was no one home at the time of the fire.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | July 29, 2012
TANEY COUNTY -- A single car crash in Taney County has claimed the life of a man.      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jacob Dickey's vehicle ran off the road on a curve while traveling down Highway J near Kirbyville. The accident happened a little before 10 o'clock Saturday night. Dickey was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 27-years old.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com | February 21, 2013
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - Deputies in Taney County have arrested two men from Independence for repeated thefts from vehicles, according to the sheriff's office there. A news release says deputies arrested a 26-year-old man and 28-year-old man at 4:30 Thursday morning. The two are suspected of breaking into vehicles on F Highway, Missouri Route 176 and H Highway. Stolen items were recovered. The release didn't indicate where the two were arrested or just what was recovered. Anyone with a vehicle in Taney County that was broken into overnight Wednesday into Thursday is asked to call (417)
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | August 21, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. -- Four people are charged with slashing horses on a farm near Hollister.  Amber Askins, Antwan Brown, Chadd Smith and Chris Miles are charged with burglary. Investigators believe the four people broke into a horse stable and attacked the horses there.  Prosecutors say they could face additional charges.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | July 14, 2013
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. -- What started out as a van fire turned into several grass fires along Highway 65 on Sunday afternoon in Taney County, Missouri. A mechanical problem with the van created sparks that spread into the grass along the roadway, according to officials with the Western Taney County Fire Department. Flames destroyed the van; the driver was not injured.      The incident caused traffic to back up for several miles, and one lane of Highway 65 was closed for more than an hour.
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By: Staff | July 12, 2013
NEAR BRANSON, Mo. -- Firefighters are battling a large brush fire in Taney County. Several fire departments responded to a large brush fire southeast of Hollister Friday afternoon.  The fire has burned two barns and several bales of hay.  Firefighters have kept the fire away from a nearby golf course.  Firefighters say the fire has torched 30 acres.        
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | June 13, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. - One of five people charged in the deaths of a Willard couple is expected to appear in court today. Robert Campbell of Willard is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the disappearance and deaths of Russell and Rebecca Porter. Campbell is Russell Porter's uncle. According to online court records, Campbell is set to appear at 10 a.m. at Taney County Circuit Court. Earlier this year, Campbell had withdrawn his request for a change of judge, but applied for a change of venue.
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by meteorologist Abby Dyer, KY3 News and adyer@ky3.com | June 6, 2013
MELVA, Mo. -- Hidden away in the foothills of Taney County are ruins of a town that few Ozarkians remember.   Don Rittenhouse, a Hollister resident, had ancestors who lived in Melva.  “The old town site, the old hotel or boarding house, whatever they call it, by the railroad and then I saw where they had built houses up there on the lots.   The best I remember, they didn't have foundations; a lot of them just had rocks," said Rittenhouse. There isn't much left of Melva today.  If you hike to see the ruins, you'll see several old foundations and a tall chimey that still stands amongst the trees.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 28, 2013
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - A home near Forsyth sustained major damage in a blaze on Memorial Day, firefighters said Tuesday. Fourteen firefighters from Western Taney County fought the blaze in the 1400 block of Pomme de Terre Road southwest of Forsyth for 45 minutes in the early afternoon hours Monday. Crews were able to put the flames out by drafting water one and a half miles away from Lake Taneycomo and bringing it to the home, according to a news release. Fire officials said one-third of the home was destroyed by the fire itself, and the rest of the home suffered heavy smoke and heat damage.
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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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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 16, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. - Two Taney County jailers are facing their own jail time for allegedly sleeping with inmates. Online court records show Chadwick Brewer and Corey Ridings face charges for having sex with a female inmate. Ridings has been charged with four counts and Brewer has been charged with one count. Both men have posted bond. They'll appear in court next month.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 16, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. - One of five people facing murder charges in the deaths of Russell and Rebecca Porter of Willard has struck a plea deal with Taney County prosecutors, which was accepted in court Thursday. Phillip Friend, 26, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty Thursday in Taney County Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of felonious restraint. According to a news release from Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell, prosecutors had originally charged Friend with two counts of first-degree murder, but the plea deal means Friend will not face the possibility of the death penalty.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | May 10, 2013
KIRBYVILLE, Mo. -- Don and Linda Burke saw their small farm as a type of rescue for animals.  Missouri state workers saw it differently.  On March 27, investigators from the Missouri Department of Agriculture loaded up 73 cats and 24 dogs that were in the care of the couple in Taney County.  In an official state report, investigators cited what they called an environment "unhealthy for animals. " The Burkes are self-proclaimed animal lovers who have been taking in pets for more than 35 years.
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by James C. Holmes, KY3 News | April 23, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. -- A preliminary hearing date has been set for a man from California who is charged with shooting his wife to death in a hotel in Branson. Thomas P. Brown, 68, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of Marilyn Brown, 63, in February.  A housekeeper at Ramada Inn found the victim's body and called police.  She had been shot to death. Thomas Brown was arrested a few days later.  He was staying at another hotel just a few miles from the crime scene.
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