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Warmer north cooler south

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:55pm

Clouds will have an affect on high temperatures Thursday. Find out how warm it will get in your community by watching the weather.

Perez tags Giles, Royals beat Astros 4-2

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:52pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Salvador Perez tagged Houston reliever Ken Giles for a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals over the Houston Astros 4-2 Wednesday night.

The World Series champion Royals have taken two of the three from the team they beat in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series last October. This four-game set wraps up Thursday.

Giles (0-1) retired the first two batters in the eighth before walking Alex Gordon on a full count. Perez followed with a drive off the facade above the Crawford Boxes in left field.

Giles has given up three home runs in four games, and flung his glove in the dugout after this latest shot. He was acquired from Philadelphia in the offseason after giving up a total of three homers in 113 games over the past two years.

Jose Altuve had three hits for Houston, including a solo home run.

Luke Hochevar (1-0) got the win and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his first save.

Construction jobs in high demand across the Ozarks

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:44pm

The Missouri Career Center held a job fair Wednesday. The fair was centered around construction and trade jobs which officials say is one industry that is in high demand. As spring arrives, construction sites begin sprouting up all over the Ozarks. "This is going to be the best construction season we've had since the recession," says Derick Barnes. Barnes is a business agent for the Heavy Construction Laborers Local 663. He says this is the best business has been in a decade. "I've been in this position for ten years, I've never been busier than what we are right now at this time of the year." "I think I would be more of a general laborer, outside construction, commercial construction," says Reno Brand. Brand hopes to fill one of those construction jobs. "I was sitting in a chair all day at a computer with a desk top and it's just not me, I need to be outside in that environment." Even with little to no experience you can start out working in the ditch and work your way up to being a heavy equipment operator. "More than likely they're going to need them tomorrow so we've got to stay in front of the game, get them lined up, get them trained if they need training and have them ready for when those contractors call," says Barnes. Something Reno is counting on. "I do not have any construction experience, the most experience I have is warehouse experience." The Missouri Career center says it hopes to have other career fairs in the future that focus on other job fields and may have another construction and trade job fair in the future.

Santana homers in ninth to lift Brewers over Cardinals

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:35pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Domingo Santana hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning, Chase Anderson threw six innings without an earned run and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Santana connected off closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) with two out to break a 4-4 tie.

Milwaukee had lost five of its previous seven in St. Louis.

Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

St. Louis' Brandon Moss tied the game 4-4 with a leadoff, pinch-hit homer in the eighth off reliever Michael Blazek (1-0).

Residents of McCord Bend village request audit, but can they afford it?

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:56pm

In Stone County, there's a beautiful fishing spot where the James River bends into Table Rock Lake. A little community there is surrounded by the river on 3 sides, it's known as McCord Bend.

McCord Bend incorporated as a village, rather than a city, back in 1992. Fewer than 300 souls support an all volunteer village government.

"I mean you look around, it is just gorgeous, and it's really gone to rack and ruin over the last several years," says Mandi Carr, who says she's lived in the village for the last 3 years.

"Our roads are just horrendous," Carr says. She is frustrated by pot holes, junk and decaying buildings.

"I would like to see things cleaned up a bit," says Carr.

The village does collect some property tax and since they manage their own water system, they collect the water bills too. However, the village board of trustees say they don't get enough revenue to solve the problems.

Ed Wallace is a member of the village board of trustees, he says Carr and other critics of the village government don't understand how difficult it is to change the status quo in this neighborhood.

"They moved in here about a year ago, wanted to change everything, make everybody clean up their place, but a lot of people down here on social security can't afford to pay a lot of money to get stuff cleaned up," says Wallace.

Hoping to spur some change, Carr and a neighbor got a petition started to ask the state auditor to look through McCord Bend's finances. They got 47 signatures on the petition and now the audit is under way.

"You're getting my tax dollars, and I own more than one property here, so you're getting money from me so I'd like to have something back from it," says Carr.

However, Wallace says the village can't afford the audit. The state auditor's office has estimated the cost will be $10,000 - $20,000.

"I mean that's gonna take most of the savings that we use for roads and other things,"says Wallace.

Carr is pleased the audit is under way, and says she hopes it will cause the village government to become more transparent.

"I met with the auditor yesterday, I was very glad to know they are going to be looking in depth on this and making recommendations as to what can be done or should be done," says Carr.

Wallace says the auditor will find no wrongdoings, "I'm confident they won't find anything." Wallace feels the audit is a waste of the village's money, and also the time of the unpaid village clerk, who will have to dedicate many hours to guiding the auditor through the paperwork.

Safe and Sound Preview: Self-defense 101

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:54pm

You hope you never have to use them, but self defense skills can mean the difference between life and death in a dangerous situation.

Damsel in Defense offers gadgets on the go. "If they ride a bicycle they can put it on their other hand where it's on the back so you can grab the handle bars or push a grocery cart or baby carriage," said Tim Selvey with Damsel in Defense as he demonstrated. Kids can also learn to better protect themselves. Martial Arts USA will do presentations at Safe and Sound Saturday. Your child can participate. That way their armed with skills.

"Be aware of what's going on around them. They can have fun on the swings and with their friends, but always be looking around knowing where Mom and Dad is. Knowing where their friends are ... knowing if there's a stranger around them or not," said Jeff Cvitak with Martial Arts USA.

Clouds stick around through the end of the week

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:42pm

Cloud cover and mild weather are going to stick around through the end of the week. Find out if any rain is in the forecast by watching the weather.

One month after Springfield murder, police and family continue search for answers

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:26pm

Police are still looking for the killer of an 18 year old man, one month after he was found shot on the edge of a Springfield street.  Landon Bays' family is searching for answers. Police say they are making progress in the murder case, but they have not made any arrests, and for Landon's family, that makes every day harder.

It was a Friday evening, March 11th at about 7PM, Landon Bays was found shot on the edge of Catalpa street.  His car was a few blocks away at the McDonalds on west Sunshine.  "He was wearing that red hat, just a bright red had, big guy; I feel like someone could have seen something and they may have been scared to say something," says Brooke Bays, Landon's sister. They say at just 18, Landon was engaged to be married and finishing his bachelor's degree.  He  had moved to Springfield just three weeks before to be closer to work at Spinnaker Resorts.   "We don't believe at this point that this was a random act," says Lisa Cox of the Springfield Police Department. His family can't imagine what kind of conflict would have led to someone wanting him dead.  "It seems like such a huge thing to do to someone, to end a life like that for someone that's so caring and would never want to end someone else's life over anything," says Bays. Cox says, "We are very careful to keep some of the details of the investigation close to the vest, but we are making progress."  Still police know the case could move along quicker.  "We realized that there are people out there that probably have information that we haven't heard at this point," says Cox.

"Of course we are again, frustrated and asking for any leads that would be helpful to bring this to justice.  Landon deserved that.  He did.  Our family deserves that," says Robyn Wittke, Landon's mother. "Our homicide unit is very dedicated to find justice for the family of Landon, and they are actively working on it day in, day out," Cox says. Of course, each day without answers is a struggle.  "It's almost a little harder now, as reality sets in," Bays says.

They ask that anyone who has information that could help in Landon Bays' case call Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS.

Greene County seeks volunteers for information booths

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 4:53pm

The Greene County Commission has a new volunteer program known as “Team Greene.”  Its purpose to develop a group of volunteers who will work in the information booths in the Historic Courthouse and the Judicial Courts Building.

The Greene County Commission is seeking volunteers for “Team Greene.”   Commissioners ask for a minimum of four volunteer hours per week (all on the same day) but additional volunteer hours may be contributed up to 40 hours per week. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Training sessions will be provided at a date to be determined.

“The staffing of these information booths will better serve our citizens by enhancing their experience when doing business with the county.” said Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin. “We recognize that the information booths are a helpful resource when visiting our government campus, and we are excited about opening them once again.”

If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information, you can call Cirtin at (417) 868-4112 or email him at bcirtin@greenecountymo.gov.

Report finds high teacher turnover in Arkansas

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:10pm

A new report says that roughly one in three Arkansas teachers leaves the profession after three years on the job.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Bureau of Legislative Research report highlights stress and workload as the top reasons, followed by salary and retirement benefits.

Teachers say that more pay and benefits would help improve retention, but that reducing paperwork and administrative burdens was the next priority.

At a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees, a legislative analyst at the bureau, Ginny Blankenship, said that teachers feel as if they're being asked to so an impossible job without sufficient support. She said teachers also feel as if constantly changing mandates and lack of autonomy in their classroom are affecting their well-being and crushing their motivation.

Missouri companies form coalition protesting proposed 'religious freedom' LGBT law

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:57pm

One of the successful tech companies in the city is called Mostly Serious. One thing that it's completely serious about is encouraging diversity.

"I think that passing discriminatory laws definitely has an effect on our population," said Maranda Reynolds. "People who identify as being different don't want to stay here if they are going to feel ostracized."

Mostly Serious is just one of more than 60 companies in Missouri joining a new coalition against a proposed religious freedom law in Missouri. The likes of Monsanto, NestlePurina, MasterCard, Pfizer, and Google Fiber are on board for the new Missouri Competes campaign. This week, Missouri state representatives began debate on the proposal, which would allow a person or business, opposed to same sex marriage on religious grounds, to refuse to do business with LGBT people.

The Missouri Senate has already passed its version of the bill.  During the week that the Senate was debating the bill several weeks ago, we sat down with George Paul Wood, a spokesman for the Assemblies of God.  That Springfield-based denomination is in favor of the religious freedom bill.

"Its basic goal is to protect religious organizations from being penalized for having a view of marriage that marriage consists of a union between a man and a woman," said  Wood.  "We are going to provide a safe space where you are not going to be penalized simply for codifying in the way you do things, what you have always done, and what you believe is based on Scripture. "

Judge sets $100,000 bond for man accused of violating probation for DWI fatality crash

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:39pm

A man from Springfield who was sentenced to five years probation for killing a woman while he was driving drunk will remain in jail until his probation violation hearing unless his family can post a $100,000 bond.  That was a judge's ruling in the case of Dylan Meyer on Wednesday morning.

Meyer, 21, is accused of violating the terms of his probation after he entered an Alford plea last October for first-degree involuntary manslaughter for the death of Kelly Williams in a high-speed crash in February 2015.  His attorney asked that he be released to the custody of his parents while he's awaiting a trial on the probation violation accusation but the judge instead set the $100,000 bond.

Circuit Judge David Jones in February 2016 gave Meyer five years of probation in lieu of a 10-year prison sentence.  The judge said he thought Meyer could be rehabilitated while on probation, but wouldn't have had that opportunity if he'd been in prison.

The sentence disappointed prosecutors and members of the public, who thought Meyer should face a greater punishment.

Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson says evidence suggests Meyer used marijuana since he went on probation.  Court documents claim he failed 11 drug tests since his sentencing hearing on Feb. 19, although prosecutors and the judge says they weren't told about those failures until this week.  Patterson filed a motion to revoke Meyer's probation and send him to prison; the hearing on that motion is scheduled for May 12.

As part of his probation conditions, Meyer is in a court-ordered drug and alcohol rehab program and has to attend hearings in Drug Court.  Under that system, offenders are monitored for illegal substances and can be tested or even admit to using.

Williams' car was sheared in half after Meyer struck it while driving more than 90 miles an hour down Campbell Avenue at Battlefield Road.  Investigators say Meyer had a blood alcohol level of more than three time the legal limit for drivers.

The victim's stepmother, Kelley Williams, said she's saddened that it appears Meyer didn't turn his ways around when he was given this opportunity.  She said she hopes her stepdaughter will get justice this time.

After the uproar over his sentence, Jones explained some of his reasoning for not sentencing Meyer to prison.  Jones said he believed Meyer would have little chance of becoming a productive member of society upon his release from prison.  Instead, the judge believed Meyer would likely turn to further substance abuse and a life of crime with new victims.

At the hearing on Wednesday morning, Jones said he was angry that he only learned on Monday that Meyer had failed a single drug test.  He said he then learned through news reports that Meyer had failed 11 drug tests.  Jones said he had been checking on Meyer's progress in Greene County Drug Court, and couldn't understand why he and prosecutors didn't know of the failed drug tests until now.

Jones said he hadn't made a decision yet on whether to revoke Meyer's probation but noted Meyer knew he would be drug tested when he was sentenced.   The judge noted Meyer had traces of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system along with alcohol, on the night of the fatal crash.  Jones said Meyer could get a prison sentence for using illegal drugs while on probation.

Here's part of a statement read by Judge Jones in court on March 4: "In imposing the sentence that it did, the Court concluded that due to the Defendant’s age and lack of substantial criminal history, there were tools still available within the judicial system short of incarceration in a penitentiary to craft an appropriate sentence. This Court has repeatedly witnessed the success that the Greene County Drug Court has had on individuals with similar backgrounds as the Defendant. That is not to say that successfully completing the Greene County Drug Court will be an easy road for the Defendant to travel. The Greene County Drug Court is very strict with little tolerance for noncompliance. In the event that the Defendant is unwilling to successfully complete the sentence that is ordered and violates his probation, he immediately faces ten years in the penitentiary. At this point, the choice is up to him to change his life or face a lengthy period of imprisonment."

Air bag danger: US counts 85 million Takata inflators not recalled

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:28pm

The nation's highway safety watchdog says U.S. cars and trucks have about 85 million Takata air bag inflators in them that haven't been recalled.

Takata's inflators can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. All of the inflators would have to be recalled if Takata can't prove that they are safe.

The 85 million air bag inflators are in addition to the 28.8 million inflators already slated for replacement in what has become the largest automotive recall in the nation's history. A recall that massive would take years to complete and cost Takata billions of dollars.

At least 11 people have died worldwide and more than 100 have been hurt by the exploding inflators.

Mother is accused of kidnapping daughter in middle of night

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:15pm

A woman from Monett is in jail on suspicion of kidnapping her 5-year-old daughter from the home of the girl's father in the middle of the night.  Monett police say Amy Rattles took the girl late Tuesday or early Wednesday after the state placed the girl with her father.

Edited news release:

The Juvenile Officer for the 39th Judicial Circuit on Tuesday issued a CS-33 authorization to provide alternative care for two siblings -- a 10-year-old boy and a 5 -year-old girl.  The children were removed from the custody of their mother, Amy Rattles, 27, of Monett and placed in the care of their father, Dustin Stephens of Monett, by Children’s Services.

On Wednesday at 6:55 a.m., Stephens contacted the Monett Police Department and reported his daughter missing.  Stephens said Rattles came to his house in the middle of the night and took his daughter.

The Monett police Department obtained additional information from the Juvenile Office and issued Endangered Persons Alert through the Missouri Highway Patrol, and conducted a search for the girl and Rattles.  At 9:50 a.m., Monett police officers located Rattles and her daughter, who is in healthy condition, at a local motel.  They took Rattles into custody without incident.  She is at the Monett jail pending possible charges of kidnapping and burglary.  The daughter was returned to the Juvenile Office and Children's Services custody.

VIDEO: Time to plant green beans in the Garden Spot

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:56pm

Dan Bigbee tells KY3's Steve Grant its a good time to start planting green beans in the Ozarks.

Man, boy are charged for armed robbery at store in Appleton City

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:12am

Two teenagers are in custody and charged for an armed robbery at a store in Appleton City on April 1.   Leroy Davis Jr., 17, of Springfield, is charged with first-degree robbery; a boy who is 16 years old or younger faces a similar charge in juvenile court.

The St. Clair County prosecuting attorney charged the teenagers last Sunday and a judge set Davis' bond at $75,000.  Greene County sheriff's deputies arrested Davis and the boy on Tuesday in Springfield.

Detectives believe Davis and the boy walked into the Casey's General Store and one of them pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money in the cash register.  The robbers left after they got some money.

“Due to tips and information received from the public, the suspects were tracked to the Springfield area,” St. Clair County Sheriff Keeler said in a news release.

Silver advisory cancelled, Warsaw man found safe in Tennessee

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:51am

The Benton County Sheriff's Office has cancelled an Endangered Silver Advisory for a man who disappeared from his home in Warsaw Sunday.

Ray Reeves, 72, suffers from dementia.  He was located safe in Tennessee.  

He was in route to visit family in Bald Knob, Arkansas.  His family says he never arrived.

Investigators tracked his cell phone to Bells, Tennessee Monday.   

Missouri Senate OKs subsidizing high school equivalency test

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:02am

Missouri would pay testing fees for residents taking a high school equivalency test for the first time under a proposal that has won initial approval in the state Senate.

Lawmakers endorsed the Republican-sponsored legislation Tuesday. It needs another vote before going to the House, which passed similar legislation last month. The measure would cover students regardless of income or age. Bill sponsor Gary Romine said his mother was in her 40s when she took her equivalency test. Each test costs $95. Legislative researchers estimate that subsidizing first-time exam takers would cost the state about $1.4 million a year.

VIDEO: The celebration of Brandon's 20 years at KY3

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:53am

The Ozarks Today crew celebrates meteorologist Brandon Beck's 20th anniversary with KY3.

Arkansas lawmakers convene for session focused on budget

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:51am

Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a session focused on the budget, with a standoff looming over efforts to block funding for the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

The House and Senate are scheduled to convene at noon Wednesday for the fiscal session. They're meeting less than a week after lawmakers approved Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to keep and rework the hybrid expansion, which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. The plan was backed by large majorities, but shy of the three-fourths support the Medicaid budget bill funding the program needs. Hutchinson and legislative leaders have warned of significant cuts for state agencies if the expansion isn't funded. The governor said Tuesday his highway funding proposal is dead if the expanded coverage ends.