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Vigil in Springfield Today Against Rousan Execution
Bonne Terre, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Convicted murderer William Rousan is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday, for the 1993 killing of a woman near Bonne Terre. Tuesday, 9 vigils protesting the death penalty will be held around Missouri by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  One of the events is in Springfield at noon on Park Central Square. The State Supreme Court is continuing with its one ...
April 23 2014
Embezzler from Joplin car dealerships sent to prison
Jasper, Missouri
A federal judge has sentenced Kathryn M. Stayton to 13 months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from Frank Fletcher Ford and Credit Cars of Joplin. U.S. District Judge Greg Kays assessed the 36-year-old Joplin woman the prison term at a sentencing hearing this week in federal court in Springfield. The judge also ordered the former controller at both car dealerships to pay restitution ...
April 20 2014
Grand jury indicts Miami bank robbery suspect
Springfield, Missouri
A federal grand jury has indicted a suspect in a bank robbery attempt last year in Miami that led to a fatal crash. An indictment handed up this week in U.S. District Court in Tulsa charges Francis H. Dishmon, 51, of Tulsa, with attempted bank robbery and killing a truck driver while attempting to avoid apprehension.
April 18 2014
Former agency employee pleads guilty in tornado fraud case
Neosho, Missouri
A former employee of the Economic Security Corp. in Joplin pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding a disaster relief program that assisted victims of the 2011 tornado. Herlana L. Latham, 32, a former resident of Joplin now living in Memphis, Tenn., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Springfield to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
April 08 2014
Missouri sheriff reopening 1997 murder of teenager
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri sheriff says he will reopen an investigation into a 1997 Springfield girl's death that is linked to a man who was executed Thursday in Texas.
April 04 2014
Former Correctional Officer Sentenced in Murder-for-hire Scheme
Springfield, Missouri
A former correctional officer at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, has been sentenced in federal court for hiring someone to kill his wife’s ex-husband.
April 02 2014
Woman pleads guilty in fatal bicycle hit-and-run
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A woman who hit and killed a bicyclist in Springfield last year pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.
April 01 2014
Woman Who Killed Bicyclist In Springfield Pleads To Leaving The Scene
Missouri
Greene County prosecutors say a woman who tried to outrun her boyfriend in a high speed chase has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a deadly crash near the Missouri State University campus.
April 01 2014
Smith Pleads Guilty in Fatal Hit-and-Run
Springfield, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield woman accused of fatally striking and killing a man with her car near the Missouri State campus pleaded guilty on Friday. According to online documents, Shannon R. Smith withdrew her prior plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty in a plea agreement while in court on March 28. Smith is charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident after she fatally ...
April 01 2014
Health Ranking Improves for Springfield-Greene County, Neighboring County Healthier
Missouri
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- While Greene County's health improves, a neighboring county ranks healthier. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual rankings.  Out of 115 Missouri counties, Greene County ranked 40th and Christian County came in at number five on the list. "It's always good news to do better," says Clay Goddard, the Assistant Director of Health for the Springfield-Greene ...
March 30 2014
Wood Makes First Court Appearance for Murder of Hailey Owens
Springfield, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A judge Wednesday pushed back the preliminary hearing date for Craig Wood, the man accused of the abduction and murder of 10-year old Hailey Owen. KOLR10's Brett Martin will have a live report from the courthouse on KOLR10 News at 11a. Wood made his first court appearance on the charges, along with his defense attorney who is a member of the Capital Defense Team within the ...
March 27 2014
Judge makes rulings in case of man charged with Hailey Owens’ murder
Springfield, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge says prosecutors don’t have to provide evidence before the preliminary hearing for a...
March 27 2014
Judge says no evidence yet in Hailey Owens murder case
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge says prosecutors don't have to provide evidence before the preliminary hearing for a 46-year-old man accused of killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl. Craig Michael Wood faces first-degree murder charges in the Feb. 18 death of Hailey Owens, who was killed after being abducted in her neighborhood. Wood, a middle-school football coach, attended the ...
March 27 2014
Missouri judge says no evidence yet in Hailey Owens murder case
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, MO (AP) – A Missouri judge says prosecutors don’t have to provide evidence before the preliminary hearing for a...
March 26 2014
Missouri judge says no evidence yet on murder case
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge says prosecutors don't have to provide evidence before the preliminary hearing for a 46-year-old man accused of killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl.
March 26 2014
Sexual Abuse Suspected in Hailey Owens Case
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New documents released in the Hailey Owens murder case show investigators with the Department of Social Services believe the 10-year-old was sexually abused after her abduction. KOLR 10 News obtained the documents Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Social Service's Children's Division. Craig Wood faces first-degree murder, child kidnapping and armed criminal action in ...
March 25 2014
Several Healthcare Enrollment Events This Weekend
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  If you need help enrolling in health insurance, there are several places you can go in southwest Missouri this weekend to get help with that.  The deadline for enrolling to buy health insurance on the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act ends March 31 and millions are still uninsured.  Mercy and Cox Hospitals and the public library in Springfield will hold events ...
March 22 2014
Girl in abuse case to stay in foster care
Missouri
A 4-year-old Springfield girl who was put in the state's custody after she arrived at the emergency room with signs of malnourishment will remain in foster care, a judge has decided.
March 20 2014
Parents sue man charged in daughter’s slaying
Springfield, Missouri
The parents of a 10-year-old southwest Missouri girl who was kidnapped and killed last month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man charged with killing her.
March 19 2014
Artwork returns to Springfield for exhibit
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The artwork of a southwest Missouri man who spent most of his life in a mental hospital is returning to Springfield, where decades ago it was found discarded in a trash heap. James Edward Deeds, who died in 1987, spent most of his life ...
March 19 2014
New Attorneys Representing Craig Wood
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Two new attorneys are representing the man accused of kidnapping and murdering a ten year old little girl. The attorneys are from the Missouri State Public Defender's Office. Craig Michael Wood is charged with murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping in the death of ten year old Hailey Owens.  He's accused of abducting the girl from her neighborhood last month ...
March 18 2014
Man Pleads Guilty in Death of Girlfriend's Son
Springfield, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Springfield admits he caused the death of a 2-year old who was left in his care nearly two years ago. Austin Pelley, 23,  pleaded guilty this week to second degree murder for the death of Benjamin Garrison on June 15, 2012. Benjamin "Benji" Garrison, 2,  was left in Pelley's care for about 45 minutes, according to prosecutors, while his mother went to take a final ...
March 12 2014
Mo. coach charged in girl's death heads to court
Kansas
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A middle-school football coach accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday, as her southwest Missouri community struggles with a mix of anger and memories of a vivacious, trusting little girl.
March 11 2014
Basten in Court in Hit and Run Fatality
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man charged with murder after the death of a bicyclist pleads not guilty. Blake Basten, 24, of Springfield, was arraigned Friday morning in Greene County Circuit Court. He's charged with second degree murder, although he didn't hit the victim. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson accuses Basten of chasing a woman in traffic.  Her car ran over the cyclist near Missouri ...
March 10 2014
Agent stole $4.9 million from Joplin trucking company
Neosho, Missouri
A former comptroller for a Joplin trucking company pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer. David VanWinkle, 60, of Neosho, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Springfield to wire fraud, money laundering and failure to pay taxes.
March 08 2014
Missouri girl abducted in front of horrified neighbors; coach charged with murder
Kansas
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Neighbors watched in horror as a 10-year-old southwest Missouri girl was snatched off the street just blocks from her home. Some had spotted a man in a gold Ford Ranger pickup truck driving down the road in Springfield several times before the driver took off with the girl,
March 07 2014
Body of Missing Girl Found in Springfield Mo.
Kansas
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A middle-school football coach has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction and death of a 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri, police said Wednesday.
March 07 2014
Child porn found in home of coach charged in abduction, murder of girl
Tribune, Kansas
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A police search of the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in a 10-year-old girl’s kidnapping and death found ...
March 06 2014
Football coach charged in 10-year-old Missouri girl's death as neighbours watch in horror
Kansas
Some had spotted a man in a gold Ford Ranger pickup truck driving down the road in Springfield several times before taking off with the girl, investigators said. And Hailey Owens was gone. Now prosecutors have charged Craig Michael Wood with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action. In filing the charges Wednesday, they alleged that the 45-year-old middle school football coach ...
March 04 2014
Neighbors unable to stop Missouri girl's abduction
Missouri
Posted By: Michele Wright, CBS 12 News Anchor ST. LOUIS (AP) â Neighbors watched in horror as a 10-year-old southwest Missouri girl was snatched off the street just blocks from her home. Now authorities in Springfield believe they've found the girlâs body, and prosecutors have charged a local seventh-grade football coach with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action. ...
March 01 2014
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