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Safe and Sound Saturday

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:33pm

The 4th annual Safe and Sound Saturday at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds is expected to be the best one yet.

This year's Safe and Sound Saturday is April 16.  It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Come visit KY3 personalities, receive a free helmet from Aaron Sachs and Associates, test your shooting aim at the Bass Pro section, or visit several businesses that focus on keeping your family safe.  

Don't forget to visit one of the stage presentations too:

9:30 a.m.: Keep Water Safe - City Utilities10:00 a.m.: KY3 Storm Team Weather10:30 a.m.: Springfield Fire Department11:00 a.m.: Cyberbullying - Moses Counseling11:30 a.m.: Exercise Safe with Noah AldridgeNoon: Is your home poison safe?12:30 p.m.: Springfield Police - Crime Prevention1:00 p.m.: Scam Red Flags - Contact KY3's Ashley Reynolds1:30 p.m.: KY3 Storm Team Weather2:00 p.m.: Water Safety - James River Basin2:30 p.m.: Exercise Safe - Pamela Hernandez3:00 p.m.: Scam Red Flags - Contact KY3's Ashley Reynolds

More than 13,000 people attended last year's Safe and Sound Saturday.

SAFE & SOUND VENDORS 2016 

CENTER HALL 

C1-5 Missing & Exploited Children C6 Mercy – ETC C7 Connect Hearing C8 Mo. Division of Fire Safety C9 Ozark Quilt Guild C10 VFW Post 3404 C11-12 Bikers Against Child Abuse C13 Titanic Museum C14 Coast Guard C15 AAA Insurance C16-20 Logan Rogersville Fire Department C21 Liberty Mutual C22 Sight & Sound Theatre POD C1 Dark Time Survival POD C2 Springfield Fire Dept. LOBBY East Aaron Sachs & Associates LOBBY West Bass Pro Shops 

EAST HALL 

E1 Damsel in Defense E2 Ozark Fence E3 Little Sunshine Playhouse E4 Rehabilitation Service for the Blind E5 Family Back & Neck Care Center E7 Lend Nation E8 Seal Smart E9-10 Xtreme Krav Maga E11 C.U. Community Credit Union E12 American National Insurance E13-16 Family Safe Storm Shelters E17 CVS Minute Clinic E18 Brinton Security E19 Springfield-Greene County Health E20 Oxford Healthcare E21 DiVentures E24 Community Partnership Realtor Safety E25 Marcus Troup Insurance E26 News-Leader E27 U.S. Legal Shield E28 Federal Protection E22-23, 34-35 Mercy Injury Prevention Center E29-30 Meek Chiropractic E31 OTC Fire Services E32 Burns Fire Safety E33 Safe ID Trust E36 Phelps Center for Students  E38-40 Reliable Storm Shelters E41-42 Mo. Highway Patrol E43 Midland Radio E44 Elite Detection E45 Sunrise Communications E48-49 Dunham Martial Arts E50 Parents as Teachers E51 Pure Wireless / U.S. Cellular CORNER E1 Aaron Sachs & Associates POD E1 Safe Kids Springfield COVE E1 Reliable Chevrolet 

WEST HALL 

W1-2 Mister Electric W3 Scentsy W4 Dept. of Environmental Services W5-6-7 F5 Storm Shelters W8 Integrity Home Health W9 Mosquito Joe W10 Haven Healthcare W11-12 Corps of Engineers – Stockton Lake W13 Bug Zero W-14-17 Springfield-Greene County Parks W18-27 EmergencMe W19 Sound Advice Hearing W20 Waddell & Reed W21 Mo. Geological Survey W22 Legal Shield W23 Martial Arts USA W24 Ozark Storm Shelters W25 AARP W26 Soroptimist International W28-31/46-49 AllState Insurance W33 B & G Window & Screen W34-35 Enbridge W36-37 Christian’s Armor Storm Shelters W38-39 Sam’s Club W40-41 Greene County Sheriff’s Department W42 SW Missouri Amateur Radio Club W43 Gateway/Cricket Wireless W44 Castle Defense 360 Security W50-51 Tiedemann Bank Equipment W52-55 American Red Cross W56-60 U.S. Army Fire Service W62-69 Cox Health Emergency Management W70 Springfield Police Dept. 

POD W1 Southwest Sales POD W2 Fed Ex Freight POD w3 Office of Emergency Management CORNER w1 Bass Pro Shops JUMBO w1 City Utilities COVE W1 Cox Health Better Business Bureau Village B1 LifeMark Bath & Home B2 St. Clair of the Ozarks B3 Top Tier Kitchens & Bath B4 My Movers Moving & Storage B6 Midwest Hearing Aid Service B7 Alternative Energy Construction B8 Consumer Credit Counseling B9 Mitchell Chiropractic B10 ACIS Computers B11 Smithco Mechanical B12 Premier Home Health Care B13 Foundation Recovery Systems B14 The Cabinet Refinishing Center B15 F & S Master Air B16 Staffing Plus B17 Water Tech of the Ozarks B18-19 Liberty Home Solutions B20-21 Midwest Storm Shelters B22 Computer Recycling Center B23 Alandsons Supply Company B24 Eagle Eye Business Solutions B25 Southern Missouri Judicial Services B26-27 Atlas Security B28-29 BBB B30 Making Memories B31 Air Services/All Service B32 Ryan Lawn & Tree B34-35 Denray Machine Inc.

Missouri House passes ban on fetal tissue donations

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:20pm

Missouri lawmakers are advancing a proposed ban on donation of fetal tissue from abortions.

House members voted 120-34 Thursday to outlaw the practice. The vote follows Republican outcry over undercover videos released last summer that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts.

Planned Parenthood denies wrongdoing, and Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster found no evidence of wrongdoing in Missouri.

The legislation headed to the Senate would also establish a tracking system for fetal remains from abortions. It requires hospitals, abortion clinics, and pathology labs that deal with fetal-tissue remains from abortions to adopt whistle-blower protection policies.

Democratic opponents slammed the bill as adding unnecessary regulations on abortion facilities. Some argued women should have the option to donate tissue for medical research.

Pictures: KY3's Sara Forhetz inducted into her high school's hall of fame

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:12pm

KY3's Sara Forhetz was inducted into the Fort Gibson, Oklahoma High School Hall of Fame.

Her alma mater presented her with a wall display that will hang in the school's Hall of Fame. The school honored her not only for her career success, including the Emmy Award she won for a series of stories from Haiti, but also for the way she lives her life and inspires people around her.

Sara addressed students in an assembly Thursday. She also spoke with journalism students and Fellowship of Christian Athletes members. 

Springfield lawmaker pushes bill to clarify when police can use deadly force

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:05pm

The Missouri Senate has voted to tighten the laws on when police can use deadly force.      Senators voted 30-2 Thursday to bring the state's law into line with a 1985 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police can only use deadly force when an officer believes a fleeing felon poses a serious threat to others. Missouri's law does not specify that a fleeing felon has to be dangerous.      Bill sponsor Sen. Bob Dixon said confusing jury instructions after the police shooting in Ferguson demonstrated that the law needs clarification.      The Missouri Department of Public Safety says police are told in training that state law conflicts with the U.S. Constitution. But legal experts say police could invoke the looser Missouri statute in a criminal defense.      The bill now goes to the House.

Chance of rain Friday sprinkled in with great stretch of spring weather

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 7:29pm

KY3 Chief Meteorologist Ron Hearst reports.

Safe and Sound Saturday service: Child ID packets

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 7:16pm

The free event is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in north Springfield.

Peralta struggles again as Cardinals beat Brewers 7-0

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 7:12pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wily Peralta gave a blunt assessment of his performance this season after the Milwaukee Brewer's game Thursday afternoon.

"Make a bad pitch (they) get a hit, make a good pitch (they) still get a hit," Peralta said. "I just have to keep fighting and go out here. You just work as hard as you could to get better for the next one, because the first three (starts) have been terrible."

Peralta struggled again as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Brewers 7-0. The right-hander gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, throwing just 55 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

"I really think Wily's close," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I know it's frustrating, we're frustrated, but I think there are some things to take out of today's game that we can go forward with. It's always going to boil down to being consistent."

Peralta (0-3), the Brewer's opening day starter, actually saw his ERA dip to 10.13.

"My slider was pretty good today," Peralta said. "That's a pitch I've been working on. I just have to keep locating my fastball."

Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia gave the Brewers no room for error.

Garcia (1-0) pitched a one-hitter, allowing only Domingo Santana's lined single into right field with two outs in the sixth inning.

Garcia struck out 13, three more than his previous career high, and caught eight of them looking at third strikes. He is 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his last five starts against the Brewers.

"There's a couple guys in their lineup that hit me real well and it's a tough lineup," Garcia said. "They had a good game yesterday, they swing the bat, they take good at-bats every time they go up to the plate, so it's a challenge for me."

Randal Grichuk and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit two-run homers. Grichuk's drive in the third off Peralta, which boosted the lead to 5-0, barely eluded the glove of center field Keon Broxton. Grichuk appeared to pass teammate Brandon Moss rounding first while looking to see if Broxton made the catch, but the Brewers didn't challenge.

"It happened basically at the same time that the ball went off Keon's glove," Counsell said. "So it's kind of a lesson to us all that we have to commit a set of eyes to that."

First base umpire John Hirschbeck missed the call, too.

"It's on us in the replay era," Counsell said. "I do think he missed the call, but in the replay era we have the same kind of power that he does."

Broxton didn't know about the missed base-running blunder until after the game.

"Got a good read on it, tracked it well, found the wall, jumped up caught it with my palm and once I hit the wall it just bobbled out," Broxton said.

Hazelbaker hit his team-high third home run of the season in the seventh, against Chris Capuano.

Matt Carpenter had a two-run double in the three-run second and is hitting .471 in 34 plate appearances against Peralta.

DOUBLING DOWN

Yadier Molina's second-inning double was his 124th at the current Busch Stadium. Molina, who was tied with Albert Pujols at 123, now has more doubles than any other player at the 10-year-old stadium.

STREAK SNAPPED

Scooter Gennett went 0 for 3. It marked the first time in 18 career games at Busch Stadium he failed to reach safely.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: SS Jonathan Villar was out of the lineup for a second straight game after injuring his left ankle sliding during Monday's game. "Trying to get him back to as close to 100 percent as we can," Counsell said. "It's just day to day with it."

Cardinals: SS Ruben Tejada (strained quadriceps) began a rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to make his third start as Milwaukee opens a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday. Nelson is 4-2 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts against the Pirates.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez is scheduled to make his 2016 home debut on Friday against Cincinnati. Martinez is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 appearances versus the Reds.

Investigators don't know if suspicious backpack in Harrison could have exploded

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 5:49pm

A backpack with some wires inside it caused Harrison police to evacuate homes in a neighborhood on Thursday morning.   Investigators are studying the backpack to see whether it had material that could have exploded.

A man spotted the backpack in a tree near his home and started to pick it up.  He said something gave him the sense that he shouldn't touch it, and he called police.  An officer peeked inside of it and backed away after spotting the wires.

The area that was evacuated is the 600 block of Washington Avenue.  Police Chief Paul Woodruff says a bomb squad from Bentonville used a robot to sniff the backpack for explosive materials.  They then tried to use the robot to detonate the backpack but were unsuccessful.

Finally, they picked up the backpack shortly before noon and safely transported it away, where it could be studied.  Woodruff said it had a Molotov cocktail-type device in it but he doesn't know whether it had explosive material.

Driver crashed into fire hydrant while fleeing from Greene County sheriff's deputies

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 5:43pm

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One man involved in a chase in Greene County was still on the loose on Thursday afternoon after escaping from a crashed vehicle late Wednesday.  The chase started just after 10 p.m. when a sheriff's deputy tried to pull over what he believed to be a stolen car.  <> That's when the driver took off, reaching speeds of more than 70 miles an hour with sheriff's deputies in chase.  The chase ended when the driver ran into a fire hydrant on Marion Avenue near Melville Road, just northwest of the intersection of Kansas Expressway at Kearney Street. <> Deputies arrested the driver and a passenger of that vehicle.  The probable cause statement says police found methamphetamine in the car.  The man who fled was another passenger; deputies say they know his name.

Body in burned building in Branson is not recognizable

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:57pm

Fire investigators discovered a body in the rubble of a large fire that gutted the vacant Hillbilly Inn restaurant and motel on Missouri 76 early Thursday.  It was in the basement and two floors of debris fell on top of it.

Investigators from the Branson Fire Department and the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office found the body about 11:45 a.m.  An excavator was assisting with removing debris and unstable walls when the body turned up.

Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy says the body is burned beyond recognition and he can't tell if it's a man or a woman, or an approximate age.  He said an autopsy will have to determine how the person died, and whether the death was before or after the fire.

"It's going to be a while until we get the autopsy, find out the sex and what actually was the cause of death," said Tweedy.

Tweedy says he will approach it as a suspicious death until he can determine otherwise, but he has no evidence to indicate it was anything other than an accident.

"Why this person was in the property, we have no idea right now, so that's part of the investigation with law enforcement and the State Fire Marshal's Office," said Fire Chief Ted Martin.

The owner of the business says they have had issues with homeless people breaking into the building.  The business has been closed since a tornado damaged it on Feb. 29, 2012.

Ciel Carr, who says he owns the property with his son, said early Thursday that he believes the fire was the work of an arsonist. He also says they had just begun renovating the business and were planning to reopen it sometime in the next year or so.

The business is in the 1100 block of West Missouri 76; that's between U.S. 65 and Fall Creek Road.  The fire was reported about 5 a.m.  Firefighters found the building engulfed in flames when they arrived.  Investigators hadn't been able to find a cause by late Thursday afternoon.

After flunking safety tests in Latin America, GM will phase out cars without air bags

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:56pm

General Motors Co. says it's phasing out cars without air bags and other safety features by 2019 after its Chevrolet Sail subcompact flunked a crash test in Latin America.     The Latin New Car Assessment Program - an independent testing organization - said Thursday the Sail received zero stars in its latest tests. The organization said the Sail is unstable and has no air bags. It also lacks three-point seat belts in all positions.     The Sail is made in China. It's one of several Chevrolet cars that have done poorly on Latin American tests.     Earlier this year, GM CEO Mary Barra defended selling cars without air bags, saying they're more affordable.     But on Thursday, GM said it's spending $5 billion to develop cars for emerging markets that will meet higher standards.

Trail of dust leads deputies to wanted man, stolen gun

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:09pm

A vehicle pursuit early Wednesday morning resulted in the arrest of a Nevada resident after a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop.  According to the sheriff's office, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed on K Highway after leaving Nevada.  The vehicle was recognized by a second responding deputy as a vehicle involved in a previous pursuit with the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies continued the pursuit onto a gravel road where they lost site of the vehicle but continued to follow the dust trail to a house where they found the vehicle parked behind some hay bales.  The suspected driver was found shortly after in a nearby residence and taken into custody without incident.

According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, a stolen shotgun was also recovered during the incident. “We recovered a shotgun that had just been reported stolen a few days before.  There was also a handgun found in the vehicle and we are in the process of identifying who it belongs to.”

The suspected driver has been identified as 25 year-old Adam Covington, of Nevada.  Warrants were issued late Wednesday charging Covington with Driving While Revoked, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Defaced Firearm. Bond was set at $6,000 cash only.

Grilled cheese pull apart

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:24pm

Grilled cheese pull apart Ingredients2 cans of ready-to-bake dinner rolls 16 to 20 1-inch cubes of cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons of melted butter 2 teaspoons of garlic salt 1/4 cup of parsley chopped DirectionsTake each roll and press a cube of cheddar cheese into the center and press the roll together to completely hide the cheese in the center of the roll dough Place each cheese stuffed-roll into a greased Bundt pan or a pie dish Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown Remove from oven and immediately flip onto service tray Brush with butter and sprinkle with additional garlic salt Immediately before service, sprinkle with chopped parsley Recipe serves 6 to 8.

Investigation of Texas County fatal shooting could take some time

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 1:40pm

Texas County Sheriff James Sigman says the investigation into Friday's fatal shooting north of Houston is still ongoing, and no charges have been filed.

Eddie Day, 25, died at the scene of the shooting on Tiffany Drive on April 8.  Family members say they witnessed another man shoot Day in the chest.

The sheriff says investigators have a long way to go in the investigation and are waiting on lab results, which could take weeks to months.  He won't say if Day was armed at the time of the shooting, and says some details reported by Day's family about the shooting are not accurate.  The sheriff says he can't give any more details at this time.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it assisted Texas County the day of the shooting because the department was short staffed.  The patrol will continue to assist at the department's request, and will be analyzing evidence in the case at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab.

Citizen's tip led to recovery of stolen 1933 Ford in Stone County, Ark.

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:37am

The Stone County Sheriff's Department found a stolen 1933 Ford on Wednesday.  It was in the area of Meadow Creek Road at Red River Road near the rural community of Fox, southwest of Mountain View, after a citizen's tip about its location.

Sheriff Lance Bonds says the stolen vehicle was hidden behind a building off Red River Road so it couldn't be seen from the road.  After a crime scene technician processed the vehicle for evidence, owner David Howell reclaimed his car.

Bonds says all evidence recovered at the scene is awaiting processing at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

Bonds says news media and citizens who contacted his office made the swift recovery possible.

Burglars stole the historic car on April 8 during the evening or night by breaking through a door at a business near Mountain View.  The vehicle is valued at $60,000.

Pictures: Fire damages closed restaurant, motel in Branson

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:36am

Fire extensively damaged the Hillbilly Inn restaurant and motel on Missouri 76 early Thursday.  The business has been closed since a tornado damaged it on Feb. 29, 2012. <> The owner believes the fire was the work of an arsonist.  He also says they had just begun renovating the business and were planning to reopen it sometime in the next year or so. <> The business is in the 1100 block of West Missouri 76; that's between U.S. 65 and Fall Creek Road.  The Branson Fire Department expected Missouri 76 near the fire to be closed through noon.

Missouri police will focus on seat belt violations today

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:32am

For Springfield Police Sgt. Jeremy Anderson, buckling up comes second nature.  That's not the case, however, for many people with whom he comes into contact.

"It's very common, especially with the younger group of drivers between 16 and 24 years old. Those are the ones we see not wearing their seat belts the most," said Anderson.

Officers in Springfield will join other law enforcement agencies statewide in the "Click It or Ticket" campaign on Thursday to get more drivers of all ages to buckle up.

"Although we can't stop people for not wearing a seat belt, we can enforce that when we stop them for a primary violation such as speeding or careless or imprudent driving," said Anderson.

The main focus of this enforcement effort, is safety. Seat belt use directly impacts chances of surviving an accident.

"It's been proven that you are 45 percent less likely to die in a crash if you're wearing your seat belt in a passenger vehicle. That percentage goes up to 60 percent if you're wearing your seat belt in an SUV, van or pickup truck," said Anderson.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, seat belt usage rates in Missouri are at 80 percent and, while improved from past years, that's still lower than the national average of 87 percent.

"If we can get them to make a habit of wearing their seat belts, maybe we can reduce the number of people killed on Missouri roadways," said Anderson.

More than 200 deaths have been reported on Missouri roads so far this year.  MoDOT reports that more than half of those victims did not wear a seat belt.   

VIDEO: Look inside new restaurant Vito's Kitchen

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:16am

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A new dining hot spot in downtown is where Chef Vito Palmietto's  family-run business serves a slice of Italy with a unique twist.  KY3's Maria Neider checked out the popular Thursday "Pizza Night" that sells out fast.  When the dough is gone, dinner is done.  <> The menu at Vito's Kitchen changes weekly.  It's open for lunch on Wednesdays and special tapas during the First Friday Artwalk. <> Vito's Kitchen is on Jefferson Avenue between McDaniel and Walnut streets, next to the old Millie's Cafe.  Chef Vito also holds weekend cooking classes.  For more information, click here.

Video Forecast: upper low to linger into Friday

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 6:21am

Low pressure in Arkansas will bring only isolated showers, with most places remaining dry.

Father in Baxter County shoots drone, may face charges

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:36pm

A father could face charges after he admitted to taking matters into his own hands when he shot down a drone that he said was hovering in his backyard.

The incident started when a man was flying his drone taking pictures of a lake in Baxter County near the 4000 block of Arkansas 177.  As the drone operator was flying the aircraft back, the device hovered across a road and above some power lines when it was blasted out of the sky, according to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office incident report.

When the operator went to talk to the homeowner across the street, the man admitted to shooting the $600 drone. The man told deputies the aircraft flew over his property and hovered above his trampoline. The father said he didn't know if it was recording his kids, so he got out his rifle and shot it, the report said. 

The Baxter County prosecutor said, once the investigation is over, he will decide whether charges will be filed in this case.