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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 19, 2011
HARRISON, Ark. -- A Harrison man has pleaded innocent to a botched burglary in Taney County.  Danny Waggoner was shot in the chest after the June home invasion in Powersite.  He evaded authorities after being treated at a Springfield hospital.  After three months on the run, Waggoner was captured in South Dakota
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | October 26, 2011
SPOKANE, Mo. -- The body of a man who drowned in Bull Shoals Lake in Taney County has been pulled from the water. Police say 25-year-old Jason Sissel of Spokane was was trying to retrieve his empty canoe that had drifted off the shore of the lake.  Friends saw him go underwater and he never resurfaced. Dive teams searched yesterday until dark, and then resumed the search again today.
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by Marie Saavedra, KY3 News and msaavedra@ky3.com | May 3, 2011
BRANSON, Mo. -- It's the beauty of Table Rock Lake that draws people to live at its banks. "We sit out here and look at that beautiful lake with all our neighbors," said Joanne Erickson, who lives a block away from the water underneath the Taneycomo bridge on U.S. 65. Its power may make them leave, however.  Erickson and the rest of her block are ripping up carpet and throwing out soggy remnants of their lives pre-flooding. The American Red Cross was in the neighborhood, gathering addresses of homes damaged by rising water.  It's one of the first steps of many needed to get back on track, including an assessment from the city of Branson.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | December 16, 2011
TANEY COUNTY, Mo -- It's known as a vacation destination, but leaders in Taney County want it to be known as so much more. While millions of people go to the Branson area for the attractions, officials say they want to attract more businesses to the area that are not tourism driven. It's a new group called the Taney County Business Development Partnership and it's just that. A group of local officials hoping to have one voice to attract businesses that provide stable jobs.
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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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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | January 6, 2012
CHATTANOOGA, Tn. -- A man charged with forcible rape in Taney County is in custody in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Our NBC affiliate reports police arrested Lonnie Pickle last night while he was working.  Pickle lived in Merriam Woods before moving to Tennessee, he's waiting for extradition back to Missouri.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | November 2, 2012
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - Sheriff's deputies in Taney County have arrested two people they believe are connected to several home burglaries. In a press release, Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell says two men from the Kissee Mills area, ages 27 and 30, were taken into custody after an investigation into six burglaries began Nov. 1. Their names were not included in the release. Russell said some of the stolen property included guns, televisions, tools, all-terrain vehicles and hunting equipment.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | February 28, 2011
FORSYTH, Mo. -- A man from North Carolina is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl from Taney County at least three times in February and once last fall, when she was 13.  The girl told investigators last week that she and Daryl Waldron, 26, met on a social networking web site, MySpace, last August and had meetings in person "on more than one occasion prior to and since her fourteenth birthday. " The girl's grandparents, with whom she lives, reported her missing on Feb. 15 and didn't know where she was until Feb. 23 when the girl says Waldron dropped her off at the U.S. Post Office in Ridgedale, near the Arkansas state line south of Branson.
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Marie Saavedra, KY3 News and msaavedra@ky3.com | May 2, 2011
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. -- The crowd for Taney County's town hall meeting about last month's flooding was so large, people made parking spots in the lot of College of the Ozarks. The auditorium of the Keeter Center was full of families flooded out of their homes. "We’ll have answers, some of the answers you may not like but we do have answers," said Taney County Commissioner Jim Strafuss. County staff played to a crowd eager to listen, but also wanting to be heard.  Some needed guidance on what to do next.
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by Gene Hartley and news@ky3.com | October 31, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. -- A Taney County grand jury indicted a third man for the murders of Becky and Rusty Porter of rural Greene County 18 months ago.  Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell says a judge issued a warrant on Wednesday for Phillip Friend.  Law enforcement officers arrested him later in the day in Kansas City, where Merrell believes he lives. Friend, 26, is a son of Tony Friend, who was indicted on Oct. 3 along with Dusty Hicks.  All three men are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, and two counts of felonious restraint.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | February 15, 2013
POWERSITE, Mo. -- From the busted patio door to shattered windows, a trailer home sits in ruins following a raid on Thurday night that led to the capture of a fugitive. "I was shocked to see the damage that my house sustained during this," said Robert Melton, the owner of the house where Johnny Bryan Jr. was captured.  "I don't know; it may be a total loss. " Melton says he had no idea the fugitive was staying in his rental home in Powersite. Bryan had been been wanted since December.  The Taney County sheriff says that's when he led deputies on a pursuit spanning Taney and Christian counties.  During the chase, he tried to run over an officer, and struck three patrol cars.  Bryan eluded deputies but his freedom ended early Friday.
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by Brett Onstott and Chris Brewer | February 15, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. - A man who authorities called armed and dangerous is behind bars in Forsyth after an eight-hour standoff that began Thursday evening. Johnny Bryan, Jr. was arrested Friday morning after being on the run for more than two months.  Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said in a news release Friday morning that Bryan was arrested after his office received a tip as to where Bryan was. Deputies obtained a search warrant and went to a home in the 1700 block of State Route VV in Powersite at 7 p.m. Thursday, where they tried to contact Bryan.
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by Brett Onstott and Chris Brewer | February 15, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. - A man who authorities called armed and dangerous is behind bars in Forsyth after an eight-hour standoff that began Thursday evening. Johnny Bryan, Jr. was arrested Friday morning after being on the run for more than two months.  Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said in a news release Friday morning that Bryan was arrested after his office received a tip as to where Bryan was. Deputies obtained a search warrant and went to a home in the 1700 block of State Route VV in Powersite at 7 p.m. Thursday, where they tried to contact Bryan.
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by KY3 News | February 14, 2013
HALLTOWN, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers arrested a man who they think led them on a 40-mile case from Greene County to Lawrence County late Wednesday afternoon.   Jeromy Eutsler, 37, of Branson is in the Greene County jail, but wasn't charged for the chase as of Thursday afternoon.  Eutsler has warrants for his arrest in Taney County for failing to appear in court last Nov. 1 on two cases, a theft charge and a domestic assault charge. The chase started on the north side of Springfield about 4 p.m., when deputies with the Greene County Sheriff's Department spotted a pickup that had been reported stolen earlier in the day. The deputies followed the truck on county farm roads around Springfield-Branson National Airport, then west to Bois D'Arc, then west and south into Lawrence County to a wooded area west of Halltown.  At several points during the chase, the driver of the truck reached speeds of 90 miles an hour and twice managed to avoid spike strips laid down to blow out his tires.    The driver stopped the truck along Lawrence County Road 1210 north of old Route 66 and Paris Springs, then jumped out and ran into the woods.  He left behind his girlfriend, Crystal Woodward, and her baby, who were in the truck.  Officers questioned and arrested Woodward and turned the 6-month-old baby over to the state's Children's Division.  Woodward could face a charge of child endangerment but had not been charged by Thursday afternoon.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | February 14, 2013
HALLTOWN, Mo. -- A chase ended a couple miles west of Halltown.  When the driver ran off on foot, officers were surprised to find two passengers, a woman and 6 month old baby. "We obviously didn't have any information about the child being in the vehicle until the subject ran on foot, and the deputy actually discovered the child in the vehicle," said Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott. The chase reached speeds up to 90 miles an hour.  "Evading the police and law enforcement and putting that child's life in danger, not to mention everybody else's life on the roadway," Arnott said.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com | February 11, 2013
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - A change of venue has been granted for a Willard man charged in a kidnapping and double-murder. Online court records show that a judge has ruled that Robert Campbell's trial will be held in Taney County, but a jury will be brought in from outside the Springfield media coverage area. He's pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder in the deaths of Rusty and Rebecca Porter. Campbell is one of five people charged in the deaths of the couple. Campbell is Rusty Porter's uncle.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | February 10, 2013
BRANSON, Mo -- As lawmakers in Washington stall on passing a budget, people are feeling the pain of uncertainty, specifically those who help the less fortunate. Christian Action Ministries or CAM operates food pantries in Taney County. Their numbers continue to grow along with the concerns over what could happen in the coming months. The slow winter months on the iconic Branson Strip means seasonal workers need assistance. "Work is slim right now or in the winter nonexistent.
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by KY3 News | February 4, 2013
A proposal for a new zipline over Lake Taneycomo in Branson has hit a snag. Taney County Commissioners are looking into a possible liability because the zipline would run over Lakeshore Drive, a county-maintained road. There's no word on when they'll look into any possible changes. The zipline would run from Mount Branson down to the Branson Landing.
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Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District Of Missouri | January 22, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Taney County, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to submitting false water samples for testing from a wastewater treatment facility that dumped raw, untreated sewage into Table Rock Lake for much of 2008. Bruce Raymond Morris, 63, of Taney County, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges him with making false statements in violation of the Clean Water Act. Morris was employed by Light Environmental, Inc., which provides environmental and waste treatment services.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | January 17, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. -- If Tony Friend of Springfield goes to trial for murder, a jury from outside the Ozarks will hear the case here in Taney County.  Friend is charged for the shooting deaths of Becky and Rusty Porter in April 2011.  Investigators think they were taken from their home in Greene County, northeast of Willard, and killed and buried in Taney County. Circuit Judge Mark Orr on Thursday accepted Friend's request for a change of venue.  The county from which the jury will be selected is not determined, and no trial date is scheduled.
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