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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | December 5, 2012
WRIGHT COUNTY, Mo. - A Niangua man has died after a Tuesday morning crash in Wright County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Nova A. McClain, 43, was killed on Missouri State Highway 5 one mile north of Grovespring when he fell asleep, crossed the center line, veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Sheriff Glen Adler, the acting coroner, pronounced McClain dead at the scene. A passenger, Katie M. McClain, 62, also of Niangua, survived but was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
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edited news release from Missouri Attorney General's Office | January 11, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster says a man from Mountain Grove pleaded guilty for not paying the prevailing wage to 14 men on a public works project on Missouri 5 in Camden County.   David Mollohan, operator of M & D Excavating, received a 60-day suspended jail sentence, two years of court-supervised probation, a fine of $500 and will be placed on Missouri's contractor debarment list for one year.  Koster said being placed...
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | August 19, 2012
HARTVILLE, Mo.-- Officers in Wright County were shot at by a man who they were just going to check on, authorities say. The man is expected to be charged on Sunday after firing several rounds at a deputy and officer. They were dispatched to a house near Hartville to perform a well-being check around 8:00 Saturday night. When the officers got close to the house, they say a man came out and started shooting. Officers said they couldn't make it back to their car without being shot--  so they waited on Klondike Road for back-up.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | December 31, 2012
NORWOOD, Mo. -- One man was arrested, but later released, after a crash early Sunday that killed a woman.      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol,  a minivan driven by Christopher Field ran into the back of a truck driven by Ashlea Harper just west of Norwood about 2 a.m.  Harper's truck swerved off U.S. 60 and overturned several times.  Harper, 27, died at the scene.  She lived in the Kirbyville area. Field's van also went off the road after the crash.  Troopers say he then fled on foot but was arrested a short time later.  He was treated at the hospital in Houston before being booked and then released.  The Highway Patrol's website says Field is suspected of involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and littering.  The Wright County prosecuting attorney will have to decide on charges once the Highway Patrol's investigation is complete.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | September 28, 2012
HARTVILLE, Mo. -- Terry (TJ) Volner pleaded guilty on Friday in Wright County Circuit Court for killing a 4-year-old boy last December.  Circuit Judge John Moody sentenced Volner to life in prison without chance of parole for first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Volner slashed the throat of Dusty Guenther and put his body in a cesspool behind the family's home near Durbin, north of Hartfville between Grovespring and Manes.  The murder happened while Volner was babysitting the boy while Dusty's mother, Gina Guenther, was away.
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edited news release | August 20, 2012
HARTVILLE, Mo. -- A man who lives in a rural area near Grovespring is accused of firing shots at law enforcement officers and setting a patrol car on fire at his home on Saturday night.   Kenneth Miller is charged with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and three counts of shooting a firearm from a vehicle. Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler says his office received a call at 8:18 p.m. Saturday that Miller had a gun and was going to harm himself.  Two sheriff's deputies went to Miller's home on Klondike Road northwest of Grovespring.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | March 8, 2012
People of faith are praying for a break in a church vandalism investigation that spans at least two counties.  Authorities said vandals targeted four churches in an overnight joy ride through Wright and Texas Counties. "This is our sanctuary.  This is where we come to meet God, and they robbed us of that," said Junior Hutsell, Pastor of Crossroads of Faith Church on Highway 38 near Hartville in Wright County. Members of Crossroads are working hard to restore their sanctuary, but what they may never be able to restore is the sense of peace and security it once provided.
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by Brett Onstott, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | August 27, 2013
NORWOOD, Mo. -- A crash on a gravel road in Wright County killed the 14-year-old driver. Troopers say Hunter Whaley of Norwood was driving a pickup that ran off a gravel road and flipped Monday afternoon.  Whaley was thrown from the truck.  Whaley was taken to a hospital in Springfield, where he died late Monday night.  
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | April 2, 2013
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. -- A man went on a wild rampage over the weekend.  Police say he did it at the home of the Wright County prosecuting attorney.  Mountain Grove police officers ran down David Metty and arrested him, but not before he broke into the home of Prosecutor Jason Macpherson, stole two vehicles, and went joy riding through fences and private property until he finally was stopped by hitting a stump. Metty faces charges of burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle and property damage, as well as resisting arrest.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | August 6, 2012
Norwood, Mo. -- Wright County deputies called on state authorities Friday to assist them in the death investigation of an infant.  The child was found dead in the home of his mother and his mother's boyfriend, who lived in a small outbuilding, behind a trailer in the 6900 stretch of Dwyer Road near Norwood. The boyfriend of six-month-old Greyson Cork's mother called 911 early Friday morning, saying the baby was not breathing.  Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler was one of the first ones on the scene.  "The fire department was on the scene performing CPR on a little seven-month-old baby in the floor," Adler said.
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edited news release | September 25, 2013
AVA, Mo. -- A man from Vanzant is accused of hitting a police officer with his car and trying to run over a sheriff's deputy during a chase last week.  Officers say they learned later that Kirk Kleindolph, 51, hit a pedestrian in an alley before the chase. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase says the chase began in Mountain Grove on the morning of Sept. 18 when city police and Wright County sheriff's deputies tried to stop Kleindolph.  During the chase, officers say, Kleindolph held his arm out the window and waved at officers.
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by Brett Onstott, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | August 27, 2013
NORWOOD, Mo. -- A crash on a gravel road in Wright County killed the 14-year-old driver. Troopers say Hunter Whaley of Norwood was driving a pickup that ran off a gravel road and flipped Monday afternoon.  Whaley was thrown from the truck.  Whaley was taken to a hospital in Springfield, where he died late Monday night.  
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 2, 2013
MACOMB, Mo. - A man from Norwood suffered serious injuries when the motor scooter he was riding on flipped and landed on top of him. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash took place on Cottengim Road two miles south of Macomb in Wright County Thursday evening. A crash report stated that Randy A. Dodson, 45, was rounding a curve as he traveled westbound and was ejected from his Kaitong motor scooter. The scooter then flipped on top of Dodson, seriously injuring him. Dodson was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News; Chris Brewer, Web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | July 22, 2013
NORWOOD, Mo. - A Norwood man faces five separate felony charges after authorities say he fired two shots inside the Norwood First Baptist Church during Sunday morning services. Earnest J. Smith, 48, is being held in the Wright County Jail on $250,000 cash only bond. Prosecutors have charged Smith with first-degree assault, shooting a firearm from a building, unlawful use of a weapon, making a terrorist threat and armed criminal action. Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler says someone called 911 at 11:35 a.m. Sunday and said there was a man inside the church with a gun. The caller reported the man had fired the weapon, and that some people attending church at the time had tackled the man and was holding him until deputies could arrive.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com | April 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for the eastern Missouri Ozarks, as well as several counties in the southeast and eastern portions of the state. Missouri counties under the watch in our viewing area include Dent, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Phelps, Shannon, Texas and Wright counties. The watch includes the cities of Rolla, Salem, and West Plains, among others. In Arkansas, the watch includes the following counties: Searcy, Stone, Marion, Baxter, Fulton, Izard and Sharp.
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | April 2, 2013
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. -- A man went on a wild rampage over the weekend.  Police say he did it at the home of the Wright County prosecuting attorney.  Mountain Grove police officers ran down David Metty and arrested him, but not before he broke into the home of Prosecutor Jason Macpherson, stole two vehicles, and went joy riding through fences and private property until he finally was stopped by hitting a stump. Metty faces charges of burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle and property damage, as well as resisting arrest.
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by Paula Morehouse and Robin Yancey, KY3 News | March 24, 2013
WRIGHT COUNTY, Mo -- When kids put crayons to paper, what often pours out are their emotions.  The complex feelings from simple drawings are familiar stories at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield. "I noticed he was really working hard on a picture," said Ashley Weiber. Ashley Weiber knows first-hand the narratives behind the pictures. As a forensic Interviewer for the Center, she has talked with hundreds of children and seen countless colorings, but one boy and his drawing stand etched in her memory.
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edited news release from Missouri Attorney General's Office | January 11, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster says a man from Mountain Grove pleaded guilty for not paying the prevailing wage to 14 men on a public works project on Missouri 5 in Camden County.   David Mollohan, operator of M & D Excavating, received a 60-day suspended jail sentence, two years of court-supervised probation, a fine of $500 and will be placed on Missouri's contractor debarment list for one year.  Koster said being placed...
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | December 31, 2012
NORWOOD, Mo. -- One man was arrested, but later released, after a crash early Sunday that killed a woman.      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol,  a minivan driven by Christopher Field ran into the back of a truck driven by Ashlea Harper just west of Norwood about 2 a.m.  Harper's truck swerved off U.S. 60 and overturned several times.  Harper, 27, died at the scene.  She lived in the Kirbyville area. Field's van also went off the road after the crash.  Troopers say he then fled on foot but was arrested a short time later.  He was treated at the hospital in Houston before being booked and then released.  The Highway Patrol's website says Field is suspected of involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and littering.  The Wright County prosecuting attorney will have to decide on charges once the Highway Patrol's investigation is complete.
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