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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 9, 2012
CAULFIELD, Mo. -- Investigators say Daniel Truman ran off highway 160 near Caulfield just after midnight.  His car hit a tree.  Truman was 57-years-old.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | March 25, 2013
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Some teachers at Fairview Elementary in rural Howell County are now packing heat.  They have the state and school board's approval for the new security measures. School security has been on many minds since December's tragedy in Connecticut.  "I have a close friend from college who actually lives seven minutes from Sandy Hook, and so she knew three of the children that did pass.  And so that brought a very personal side of it," said Joan Dietrich. Dietrich has a 7th grader, 3rd grader and preschooler all in one school building, so she wants to Fairview Elementary to be safe.  "We had talked about, my husband and I before, what if there was conceal and carry in the school?"
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | April 9, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. - What is now the Burlington Northern Railroad played a vital role in making West Plains the town it is today.  Now, it's placing a burden on the city; basically cutting the town in half. Most residents live to the west; but most of the jobs are on the east side; and with only one overpass in the whole town; residents sometimes have to wait more than ten minutes to get across. The city wants to build another overpass at Independence Drive; and hope a federal grant might help pay for it.  But until then, the problem could get worse before it gets better.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | February 25, 2013
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- The Howell County coroner finally received autopsy results on a 9-month-old baby who died last Oct. 16.  Investigators found Electra Elizabeth Werner had a genetic disease since birth that caused her bones to be fragile, but could find no evidence that she died from abuse or neglect. Elizabeth's family lives at Peace Valley, about 10 miles from West Plains.  The baby died at the hospital in West Plains, triggering an investigation by the sheriff's department.  The unexplained deaths of children are routinely investigated in Missouri, as mandated by state law.  Coroner Tim Cherry says the baby's disease is called “ osteogenesis imperfecta , which can cause a shortened lifespan due to various mechanisms.” The autopsy was done by medical examiners at University Hospitals in Columbia.
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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | March 13, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- A West Plains man faces ten years to life in prison after he was convicted of 1st degree assault for shaking his 17-month-daughter.  Investigators say Brian Hawkins, 35, shook the toddler in March 2006.  Investigators say she was hospitalized for several bruises, significant bleeding and swelling of her brain.  Hawkins will be sentenced in June.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook | July 19, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will visit West Plains on Thursday to outline a new state resource for small businesses in Missouri. The governor plans to speak at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator at 1:30 p.m. to give details about a new state law that is geared toward helping smaller businesses grow. Nixon will be joined at the event by local business and community leaders. The discussion takes place at 408 Washington St.
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by Paul Adler, KY3 News and padler@ky3.com | March 16, 2011
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Rescue crews are scouring thousands of cars and homes for missing people in Sendai, Japan.  A local woman is one of many people waiting for word on loved ones in that city. Mickey (Satsuki) Ingalls grew up in Sendai but she's lived in the Ozarks (Gainesville and West Plains) for more than 20 years now. Ingalls still hadn't heard from her 75 year-old brother, 84 year-old sister and a niece who live in the hard hit area by Wednesday morning.  She's also concerned about her niece's husband, who works in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
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edited news release | March 12, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Invensys Controls announced plans for a $6.9 million expansion.   Gov. Jay Nixon attended a news conference at the plant on Monday morning.  The company, which manufactures gas delivery control systems for a variety of appliances, plans to add eight new production lines at its facility here and create up to 200 new jobs over the next two years. Some of the jobs would be transferred from Mexico back to the United States. “Missouri's manufacturing sector continues to rebound, as evidenced by this excellent news from Invensys,” Gov.
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by Paula Morehouse, Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | October 20, 2012
BRANSON, Mo. -- Eleven people were taken to hospitals in Springfield after an accident on U.S. 65 about three miles north of Branson.  The wreck happened shortly after 6 o'clock on Saturday night. A married couple with their 2-year-old son, plus eight teens and pre-teens are recovering after the van they were riding in crashed. The highway patrol says Charles Barnett, 26, of West Plains was driving the church van when it struck a median and overturned. Barnett is the youth pastor at Lifepoint Church in West Plains.  He was wearing his seat belt.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | June 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Strong storms that moved through the Ozarks on Monday morning caused minor damage throughout the area.   Emergency managers in Greene County reported scattered power lines and trees down, with winds gusting up to 68 mph.  Surrounding counties had similar reports as the storm tracked eastward. City Utilities of Springfield sent an update on Twitter to let the public know its crews are working on restoring power in its service area.  About 8:30 p.m., CU reported 100 customers had no power, down from a high of 8,000 outages (out of about 110,000 meters)
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | January 24, 2013
WEST PLAINS, Mo  -  Many students in the Ozarks go to school on an empty stomach. But in West Plains, school officials are making sure every child begins the day with food. Every student from preschool through eighth grade gets a free breakfast that the school budgets for, whether or not they're on free and reduced lunch. The school says it's providing them with the fuel they need to grow in the classroom. For West Plains 5th grader Kassidy Moore, nothing starts the day off like a piece of coffee cake.
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January 17, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a West Plains, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet and possessing child pornography. Scott Allen Johnson, 26, of West Plains, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charges contained in an Aug. 29, 2012 federal indictment. An officer with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force identified Johnson's computer as sharing images of child pornography on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network on Dec. 30, 2011.
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by Paul Adler, KY3 News / Follow Paul on Facebook, Twitter @KY3Pad and Email padler@ky3.com | January 2, 2013
West Plains, Mo: A run to benefit the Zizzer Cross Country Team will be held on February 16th in West Plains. It's called The 1st Annual Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon and 10K. Both races will start at the Southern Hills Shopping Center at 7:30 AM on the 16th. Here's information from the race director: Race Perks: • Official race t-shirt to all participants. • Half Marathon finishers will receive a finisher's medal. • Refreshments provided post race.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | December 20, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- A high school student is accused of telling other students and a teacher that he liked to pretend to be Hitler and threatening to bring guns to school and kill people.   The teacher and her students also told police that the student threatened to “come to her house and make her watch while he killed her entire family and then kill her.” A Howell County prosecutor charged Zackary Wilmoth, 18, on Thursday with two counts of...
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | December 16, 2012
WEST PLAINS --   The West Plains R-7 School District released the following statement on Sunday in response to rumors of possible school violence this week. There have been some rumors circulating in the community about possible school violence on December 21, 2012.   Last week West Plains Schools received some reports about students talking about that date. We treat all threats of violence seriously and investigate them vigorously. After investigating the rumor to its source we concluded there was no threat.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | December 7, 2012
HOWELL COUNTY, Mo. - A 20-year-old woman from Arkansas was hurt in a crash Thursday that involved a bus taking West Plains students home for the afternoon. Peyton R. Slocum, 20, of Altus, Ark., suffered minor injuries when she rear-ended a 2003 International school bus with a 2004 Toyota Camry six miles west of West Plains on U.S. Highway 160 at 4 p.m. Thursday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the bus was unloading children when the crash occurred. All lights on the school bus, carrying students from West Plains, were working and the driver was wearing a safety device.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | December 6, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says another vehicle ran into the back of a school bus on U.S. 160, about two miles west of Highway AB, about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.  That's southwest of West Plains. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident slowed traffic in the area.  A dispatcher thought the driver of the other vehicle might have a minor injury.  The dispatcher didn't know what district the bus is from.
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by Brandon Beck, KY3 Meteorologist | October 24, 2012
12-hour forecast 24-hour forecast Satellite & Radar Wind Chill Allergy Index Almanac   TODAY TONIGHT TUESDAY Low 80s 60s 70-80° Varied west-to-east Partly cloudy Partly cloudy. Becoming mostly cloudy and turning colder with scattered showers.   Good afternoon!
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by Paula Morehouse, Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | October 20, 2012
BRANSON, Mo. -- Eleven people were taken to hospitals in Springfield after an accident on U.S. 65 about three miles north of Branson.  The wreck happened shortly after 6 o'clock on Saturday night. A married couple with their 2-year-old son, plus eight teens and pre-teens are recovering after the van they were riding in crashed. The highway patrol says Charles Barnett, 26, of West Plains was driving the church van when it struck a median and overturned. Barnett is the youth pastor at Lifepoint Church in West Plains.  He was wearing his seat belt.
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edited news release from Missouri State Highway Patrol | October 18, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Jailers found an inmate's body in the Howell County Jail about 7 a.m. Thursday.  He was Eric Chappelle, 40, of West Plains. Chappelle was in the jail since April 2011 on a first-degree murder charge and numerous lesser charges related to the drowning of a 4-year-old boy.  The Howell County Sheriff asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to help investigate, and a state investigator arrived about 7:30 a.m.  The sheriff says...
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