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Charges Filed In Springfield Tyrrell Murder Case
Missouri
Springfield police confirmed to KTTS News on Friday afternoon that Mark E. Porter was arrested for the double homicide of Gary and Jan Tyrrell.Early Friday evening Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announced two charges of first degree murder against Porter for killing the Tyrrells.The probable cause statement says investigators discovered that Porter, a longtime friend of the ...
August 16 2014
Justin Szalla Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Attempted Murder
Justin, Texas
Today, Justin Szalla, age 20 of Springfield, Missouri, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Capital Murder of two Hansford County Deputies. Following the guilty pleas, 84th District Judge, William D. Smith, sentenced Szalla to serve 40 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
August 13 2014
Murder, other counts severed in antifreeze deaths
Springfield, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman accused of killing two family members by slipping antifreeze into their drinks could have two trials after a judge approved a motion to sever two murder counts from other charges.
August 07 2014
Health Department To Offer Child Immunization Clinics
Missouri
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering back-to-school shots starting Monday.Edited from a press release from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department:It might seem a little early, but now is the time for parents and guardians of school-age children to think about required and recommended vaccinations for the 2014-15 school year.Parents should begin working ...
July 31 2014
Missouri Attorney General Pushing 'Yes' Vote On Amendment 1
Missouri
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was in Springfield today pushing a YES vote for Amendment 1, also known as the 'Right-To-Farm' bill. Koster says opponents say this bill will prevent all regulations on agriculture, undoes D-N-R's CAFO regulation and eliminates county health ordinances.He disagrees."All rights that are granted to citizens, even those placed in our constitution, are subject ...
July 29 2014
Cassville Man, Police Officer Identified In Deadly Shooting
Missouri
CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A 25-year-old southwest Missouri man has died after being shot by a police officer.Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr on Wednesday said John Thomas of Cassville was killed during a confrontation Tuesday morning. Kammerlohr said Thomas assaulted Cassville police Cpl. Donald Privett with a pipe before Privett shot him.Thomas man died at a hospital in Springfield.The ...
July 13 2014
Mercy Medical System: Cuts Across 7 States Will Have Minimal Impact in NWA
Vista, missouri
SPRINGFIELD, MO-- While many people are hiring around our area, some are laying off. That includes one of the area's largest employers, Mercy Medical System. The company is cutting between two and three hundred jobs across seven states. In Springfield, Missouri, the company cites lack of Medicaid expansion and the changing climate for hospitals. According to the company, most of the layoffs ...
July 08 2014
Nephew Of Ex-Oregon Governor Hurt In Arkansas Plane Crash
Missouri
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - The nephew of former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh was injured in a plane crash at an Arkansas airport. The Boone County Sheriff's Office identified 66-year-old pilot George Atiyeh of Lyons, Oregon, as the injured man. He was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he is listed in serious condition. The former governor confirmed his nephew is the injured pilot. He ...
July 06 2014
Pilot Injured in Harrison Plane Crash
Missouri
HARRISON, Ark. – An Oregon man was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri morning after his 1964 Piper Tin Comanche airplane crashed at Boone County Regional Airport in Harrison. George Atiyeh, 66 of Lyons, Oregon, was listed in serious condition with “significant injuries” after the plane went down in a field on the west end of the runway, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s ...
July 06 2014
Urbana driver in intensive care following crash on U.S. 65
Missouri
Jessica D. Johnson, 20, Urbana, remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Mercy Hospital in Springfield following a crash on U.S. 65 approximately one mile north of Thomasville on Wednesday, June 11. John
July 05 2014
Southwest Missouri husband charged in wife’s death
Springfield, Missouri
OZARK, MO (AP) – The husband of a woman whose body was found in her burned home is charged with killing her. Christian County authorities on Tuesday charged Aaron Clemons with first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed criminal action, arson and several counts of child endangerment. The body of his wife, Bailey Clemons, was found in her […]
June 25 2014
Husband Charged in Murder of Bailey Clemons
Springfield, Missouri
OZARK, Mo. -- Prosecutors have now charged the husband of a woman from Ozark, Missouri with her death and with setting a fire in her home. Aaron Wayne Clemons is charged with 1st degree murder, kidnapping, armed criminal action, arson and several counts of child endangerment. Ozark Police Chief Lyle Hodges says Clemons was arrested about 10:00 Monday night at a hospital in Springfield. The body ...
June 25 2014
Joplin man draws 10 years for assault on ex-girlfriend
Springfield, Missouri
A Jasper County judge on Monday sentenced a rural Joplin man to 10 years in prison for an assault on an ex-girlfriend with a walking stick that left one of her eyes detached from its socket. Circuit Judge David Dally assessed Carroll W. Meyer the prison term at a sentencing hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
June 24 2014
Missouri AMBER Alert Murder Suspect In Court
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri -- Prosecutors in Missouri are seeking the death penalty against the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 10-year-old girl.  Authorities found Hailey Owen's body in Craig Michael Wood's basement.  'Enter pleas of not guilty to each and all of the counts herein," Patrick Berrigan, Wood's defense attorney, informed the court room Friday. ...
June 24 2014
Lawsuit between former Joplin School District administrators dismissed
Springfield, Missouri
A lawsuit against a former assistant superintendent of the Joplin School District has been dismissed at the request of the former elementary school principal who filed it, according to online court records.
June 21 2014
Court reporter in Hailey Owens murder case dies before finishing transcript
Springfield, Missouri
Greene County authorities say it's unclear if the death of a court reporter will affect the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl.
June 19 2014
Lori Boyajian-O’Neill: Hepatitis A can be nasty but is rarely fatal
Missouri
When over 5,000 Missourians were advised to talk to their doctors about hepatitis A exposure, there were some anxious folks in the Show-Me state. If you didn't hear about the advisory, you probably did not eat at the Red Robin in Springfield between May 8 and May 16. Public health officials are in the spotlight as is Red Robin.A serious but rarely fatal disease, hepatitis A, what do you know? T ...
June 16 2014
Officials say up to 5,000 might have been exposed to hepatitis at Missouri restaurant
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Health in Missouri officials are offering immunizations for up to 5,000 people who might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus at a Springfield restaurant.
June 16 2014
Up to 5,000 exposed to hepatitis at Mo. restaurant
Missouri
Health in Missouri officials are offering immunizations for up to 5,000 people who might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus at a Springfield restaurant. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department ...
June 16 2014
Man Sentenced in Shaking Death of 3-Month-Old Daughter
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man is sentenced to 20 years for shaking his three-month-old baby to death. Ethan Handlang, 26, of Springfield, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in court Friday, according to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office. On Dec. 19, 2013, deputies responded to Handlang’s home for an emergency call about a child not breathing. At the time, Handlang said he had been ...
June 16 2014
Brighton Man Dies in Hospital After Early Morning Crash
Missouri
GREENE COUNTY , Mo. – A Brighton man is dead after a two-vehicle accident on Mo. 13, eight miles north of Springfield , around 8 a.m. Thursday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Robert R. Jones, 71, of Brighton, was driving southbound on Mo. 13 when a pick up truck struck the rear of his vehicle. Jones traveled off the right side of the roadway and crashed. He was not wearing a ...
June 16 2014
Ex-Joplin teacher sentenced in sexual exploitation case
Springfield, Missouri
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former science teacher at South Middle School in Joplin to 28 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child. U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips assessed Charles D. Gastel, 40, the term without parole at a hearing in federal court in Springfield. Upon completion of the sentence, he will be required to spend the remainder of his life on supervised release.
June 15 2014
Joplin Health Department issues hepatitis A alert
Springfield, Missouri
The Joplin Health Department is notifying Joplin area residents of an alert from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department about a Springfield restaurant employee who has been diagnosed with hepatitis A and was working while possibly contagious. As many as 5,000 people who between May 8 and 16 ate at the Red Robin restaurant, located at 3720 S. Glenstone Ave. in Springfield, might have ...
June 15 2014
Audit Finds Lack of Fingerprint Background Checks for Longtime SPS Employees
Bolivar, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fingerprint-based background checks have not been performed on Springfield Public Schools employees hired before 2005. That's the finding from an internal audit released Tuesday. Superintendent Norm Ridder requested the audit after the abduction and murder of Hailey Owens. The suspect in that case, Craig Wood, worked for the school district since 1998 as a football coach and ...
June 14 2014
All-Star Competitions Kick Off Friday in Benefit of Tooth Truck
Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The 13th Annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic and the 3rd Annual Sertoma Grin Action Classic will kick off in Springfield kicks off Friday night and continues Saturday. The games feature 130 graduated high school seniors and 28 coaches competing with some of the best athletes in Southwest Missouri in a benefit for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile unit. The football all-stars will ...
June 10 2014
Funeral Services Set For Christian County Judge
Missouri
OZARK, Mo. (AP) - Funeral services will take place Tuesday in southwest Missouri for Circuit Judge Mark Orr, who has died at the age of 54.KOLR-TV reports Orr died Sunday at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. His mother-in-law, funeral home operator Mary Adams, told the station he had been diagnosed with melanoma in November.Orr was elected Christian County prosecutor in 1994, then won election as ...
June 10 2014
Gov. to Appoint Successor After Judge Loses Cancer Battle
Missouri
OZARK, Mo - Christian County Circuit Judge Mark Orr, 54, has died, according to a family members. Orr, son-in-law of funeral home operators Dean and Mary Adams, died Sunday at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mary Adams confirms. He was diagnosed with melanoma in November, she said. A circuit judge in the 38th District since his election as an associate judge in 2002, Orr was elected a circuit ...
June 10 2014
Springfield man injured in crash near Branson
Missouri
A Springfield man was hospitalized after being hit by a car while riding in an ATV near Branson Friday afternoon, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
June 09 2014
Craig Wood ordered to trial in killing of Hailey Owens
Springfield, Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A southwest Missouri youth football coach has been ordered to stand trial on charges of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 10-year-old Springfield girl. KYTV reports a Greene County judge issued the order Thursday following a preliminary hearing for 46-year-old Craig Michael Wood. Wood is accused of raping and killing Hailey Owens […]
June 06 2014
Two Fed Med Inmates Get Death Sentence
Springfield, Missouri
Two inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Springfield have been sentenced to death for killing a fellow inmate.Here's the press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:WASHINGTON - Two inmates of the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, who were convicted by a federal jury for murdering another inmate at the facility were sentenced to death late yesterday ...
June 06 2014
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