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VIDEO: Celebrating Brandon's 20 years with KY3!

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:33am

The Ozarks Today team has some fun with meteorologist Brandon Beck to celebrate his 20 years with KY3.

Video Forecast: Plenty of clouds but not much rain

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 5:31am

An upper low will move in late today but dry air will prevent rain for most places.

Free online tool can help senior citizens avoid dangerous prescription mistakes

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 4:21am

When we think about misusing drugs, often times younger people come to mind, but senior citizens are at risk as well, and often times it's accidental. "On average, a senior takes four or more prescription medicines, that doesn't include over the counter medicines, supplements, or vitamins," said Chris Blaine, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Springfield. With or without help from a caregiver, all those medicines can be hard to keep track of, and mix-ups are costly. "It can lead to a lot of things like hospitalizations, sickness, and even death," said Blaine. So Home Instead Senior Care has launched a program to help. "It's a public education program designed to educate folks about the need for managing medications for seniors. Often times the lack of medication management will lead a senior to not be able to stay independently at home," Blaine explained. Their new online program called "Let's Talk About Rx" has free tools seniors and their families can use to get a better handle on their health. "We have a medication management tracking tool, we have tips for managing medication and we also have some conversation starting tips for families to talk to their senior loved ones," said Blaine. The site also contains tips to help identify if someone you love might need help. "If you notice things like prescription bottles that are still full, medication bottles that aren't being taken, confusion or different symptoms coming on like weight gain or loss, trouble with memory or physical difficulties those are all red flags and can often times be a result of medication that's not being managed properly," Blaine explained. So far administrators have received positive feedback from the site and hope it leads to better health and happiness for people in our area. "By managing those medications, you're more likely be able to stay at home and stay at home independently," said Blaine.

Gypsy Blancharde, Nicholas Godejohn opt against mental defect pleas

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:00pm

A couple charged with killing a woman from Springfield told a judge on Tuesday that they won't plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Gypsy Blancharde and Nicholas Godejohn both face first-degree murder charges for the stabbing death of Blancharde's mother, Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde, last June at the Blanchardes' home just north of Springfield.   In court Tuesday, they had the option to plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect but told the judge that they decided otherwise, at least for now.

Another pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 12.  Their joint trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 28.  . 

Springfield museum heist makes news around the nation

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:23pm

The news of the most recognizable cans of soup in the world snatched from the walls of the Springfield Art Museum has been making headlines around the nation including a story on NBC Night News with Lester Holt on Tuesday evening.

"The theft of these iconic Warhol prints the museum has had in its permanent collection for 30 years feels like the loss of a family member," said Nick Nelson, director of the Springfield Art Museum.

The prints, created in 1968 by that pop star of pop artists Andy Warhol, were part of a series entitled 'Campbell's Soup 1' and they are valued at half a million dollars.

Springfield police are keeping tight-lipped about the case except to say the artwork was swiped after museum hours. "In the early morning hours of April 7, the Springfield Art Museum was burglarized," said Capt. Vance Holland. It's unclear what kind of security measures were in place, or if there is any surveillance video that could help identify the culprit.

Local artist Susan Sommer-Luarca said the silk screen artwork may be invaluable, but they're of no value to the thieves. "These pieces they're all marked. Every piece of art has a number and a signature right on the front. It's not like they can display it; it's not like they can sell it. To the thief it's basically worthless. So why do they have it? All I can say is please bring it back," she said.

The FBI is offering up to a $25,000 reward to anyone who might help lead the authorities to 7 very cherished tins of soup. 

Cain's early homer powers Royals over Astros 3-2

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:21pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive singles to start the game before Cain connected on a full-count, 91-mph fastball off Mike Fiers (0-1) to make it 3-0.

The Astros got within 1 in the bottom of the inning after an RBI double by Colby Rasmus followed by a run-scoring single by Tyler White.

Kris Medlen (1-0) allowed six hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in five innings in his 2016 debut. Wade Davis walked two players with one out in the ninth before retiring Jose Altuve and George Springer for his third save.

More clouds but little rain

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 9:48pm

A weak disturbance will spread cloud cover back over the Ozarks. Find out how this will affect temperatures by watching the forecast.

Residents upset over lack of security at apartment complex

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 9:40pm

Residents of a popular Springfield apartment complex are upset about thieves breaking in to their vehicles. Some of the residents feel they were sold a false sense of security before they signed the lease. Dianne Hickcox says the promise of security was what drew she and her husband to the Abbey apartment complex.   "It was advertised right before we moved in they showed our apartment as being safe and secure," says Hickcox. But they soon changed their minds after vandals threw eggs on their pickup truck. "We came out one morning and they had thrown eggs all over it at night and it was really cold outside and it took some of the paint off of it," says Hickcox. "I'm still mad about that; and then this happened last night about between 2:30 and 4 I'd say." Dianne's daughter-in-law drove up from Florida on Monday and within four hours thieves broke in her window and stole things out of her SUV "This was all out, glass was broke inside here; all over here, in fact you can still see glass here on the ground," says Hickcox. "Somebody had broke out the back glass of the Chevy right here." Dianne's neighbor John Hall also had his vehicle vandalized. "I was going to work in the morning and I discovered my rear window was smashed," says Hall. Both say they got little help from their apartment complex. "TLC doesn't give a rats hind end about people that live here, they don't care; they don't care about people's personal property, they don't care about anything except the money," says Hickcox. "This is unacceptable; not just me, my friends, my neighbors, it's very upsetting and nothing's being done about it," says Hall.

We reached out TLC Properties who manages the Abbey for comment but they have not responded.

Eldon teen hospitalized after being shot in head with BB gun

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 9:36pm

A teenager is out of the hospital after being shot with a BB while driving, causing bleeding in his brain.

On Friday, the 17-year-old was driving down a gravel road near Eldon with four friends when he says all of the sudden everything went dark.

"I just hear this really loud ringing in my ear and my eyes went black, so I slammed on the brakes," Markus recalled. "It scared the living crap out of me."

Markus was shot by a BB gun, and initially first responders thought his injuries were minor. Then doctors found bleeding in his brain, all with the BB still inside his head. "it took nearly two hours to get it out because it ended up being lodged farther in toward his skull than they anticipated," Markus' mother Jennifer Burress said. "It went from okay he's okay, to, in a moment, being are you serious? This cant happen."

Sheriff's deputies arrested 31-year-old Michael Purl and say he admitted to shooting a BB gun at the teens from his front porch, hitting Markus near his temple. Deputies say Purl told a Highway Patrol trooper he "didn't intend to hit anyone" and he was "tired of [people] driving recklessly down the county road." Purl is charged with second degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

"Firing a weapon of any kind over, I mean teenagers are going to be teenagers," Jennifer said. "For a 31-year-old man to wait on his front porch to fire a weapon at a teenager, its unreal to me, I don't know who does that."

After spending the weekend in the hospital, Markus is back home.. but still not back to normal. His eyes are sensitive to light, he gets dizzy when he walks, and he's not allowed to drive for six months, but after his ordeal.. his family is just happy he's alive.

Two McDonald County jail escapees caught in Texas

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 8:39pm

Two inmates on the run from the McDonald County jail are back behind bars.

Police caught up to Keith Davis and Matthew Miller in Bowie County, Texas Tuesday.  They escaped from the jail Monday.  

Police accuse the two stole a Toyota Land Cruiser and two dirt bikes in the getaway. 


Clouds to move back in

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 5:37pm

Sunshine will give way to cloud cover the next few days. Find out if this means rain is in the forecast by watching the weather.

Parents charged with murder, out on bond

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:34pm

A Reeds Spring couple accused of neglecting their 13 month old son until he died are now charged with second degree murder and bonded out of jail. Bambi and Joshua Jackson were back in court Tuesday morning in Stone County and are now out on bail, after a judge reduced their bond.  Each was held on a $75,000 bond, but defense attorneys asked the judge to lower that bond to $25,000 because of the Jacksons' lack of criminal records, respected families, and their cooperation.  Judge Alan Blankenship reduced the bond to $50,000 each and the Jacksons left the jail with family members soon after.

The Stone county prosecutor amended the manslaughter charges against Joshua and Bambi Jackson to 2nd degree murder, stating the baby boy "was killed by the failure to provide reasonable and necessary care to maintain the physical health of J.J." We've learned the baby's name was Justus Jackson.  He died in early January, investigators say from deydration.  He was 10 pounds at more than a year old and court documents say the child hadn't been to a doctor since he was two weeks old. 

In a search of the Jacksons home, investigators found three pages of medical records for the child.  They also seized financial records, a family photo, baby book, and a slew of electronics, including 9 computers and 9 tablets, some not working. Neighbors have previously attested the Jacksons seemed like a wonderful family, with five older, well-behaved children, and Joshua Jackson being employed by a Branson church.  The Jacksons were jailed April 1st on manslaughter and child abuse charges. According to court records, both had been hotlined to state caseworkes before for not feeding two other children enough. While out on bond, the Jacksons are allowed to have contact with their five other children only according to the guidelines set by the Missouri Children's Division. Their preliminary hearing is set for June 7th at 2:00 PM in Stone County Court.

Springfield Pro-Cyclist Brad Huff home safe from Brussels, Belgium

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:34pm

In Belgium Tuesday, authorities charged two more men in the airport terror attacks that killed 30 people.  Springfield pro-cyclist Brad Huff was at the airport the morning of the attack and made it back home safely to Springfield Monday night.

"The comfort and security of being home with family in the United States.  Knowing I'm taken care of," Huff said.

Huff spent an entire night at the Brussels airport in Belgium and left the morning just before the explosions.  Incredibly, he departed on a train in time to escape the blasts that killed 30 people. "It just makes me think about the situation I was in," he said. The airport shut down for days.  Figuring out how to get home was not easy.  Huff's journey finally got underway two and a half weeks later. "Yesterday morning we were four hours early, and the highway getting into the airport was just gridlock.  It was standstill traffic.  People were getting out of their cars and walking the shoulder just to get into the airport, because traffic was at a standstill," Huff said.

He said getting through the security checkpoints was a lengthy process.

"Two or three times my bag was checked, scanned through a sensor, I think.  I was questioned by military police and security personnel at each point," he said. "They had set up concrete barriers.  I thought it was to funnel individuals, but really as I look back, it was in case there was another bomb that that would be a blast protectant for individuals working and everyone there, and it was very real, and they're taking the measures to keep everyone safe and get everyone home safely," he said. For the Springfield native, being back home could not come soon enough. 

Huff is set to return to Europe in two weeks.  He said he and his teammates are taking extra precautions to stay safe as they travel and compete.

50 University of Missouri-Columbia operations jobs to be cut

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:53am

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri department tasked with cleaning, maintaining and fixing buildings on the Columbia campus is eliminating 50 jobs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that the move involving MU Operations comes a month after university administrators announced they were cutting spending by 5 percent and putting a hiring freeze in place. That's to address an anticipated $32 million budget gap for the fiscal year that starts in July.

The cuts do not include campus police or the school's environmental health and safety department.

Gary Ward is the campus' vice chancellor for operations and chief operating officer. He says in a memo to staff that the spending cuts will leave MU Operations unable to sustain current service levels.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Missouri certifies wins for Trump, Clinton in close primary

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:49am

Republican businessman Donald Trump and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been certified as the winners of Missouri's presidential primaries.

The results of the March 15 primaries were made official Tuesday. But the losing candidates still have seven days to request a recount.

Trump led Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 1,965 votes out of more than 939,000 cast in the Republican primary.

Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 1,574 votes out of more than 629,000 cast in the Democratic primary.

Under Missouri law, candidates who lose by less than one-half of a percentage point can request a recount at state expense.

Sanders previously said he won't do so.

The Associated Press has not declared Trump the winner because Cruz has not ruled out a recount.

Missouri businesses join against religious-objection measure

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:43am

Some Missouri business leaders are forming a coalition against a proposal that would protect some businesses that object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

State LGBT advocacy group PROMO announced the coalition hours before a scheduled House hearing on the legislation Tuesday.

More than 60 businesses have joined the group Missouri Competes, including Square and Google Fiber.

The proposed constitutional amendment would ban government penalties against businesses that cite religion while declining goods or services of "expressional or artistic creation" for same-sex weddings.

A St. Louis Regional Chamber official says the measure threatens the state's reputation and could make it difficult for businesses to recruit candidates for jobs.

Legislation in other states to protect those who oppose marriage of same-sex couples has similarly spurred backlash from major employers.

Arkansas' Kingsley enters NBA draft, won't hire agent

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:39am

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas junior Moses Kingsley says he will enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of his return to the Razorbacks.

Kingsley, a 6-foot-10 center from Nigeria, was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection this season, averaging 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his first season as a starter. He also averaged 2.4 blocks per game and shot 54.8 percent from the field.

Kingsley says he thinks receiving an evaluation from NBA scouts while keeping his eligibility at Arkansas is "the right thing to do," while Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson says he supports the center's decision.

The deadline for Kingsley to withdraw from the draft and return to Arkansas for his senior year is May 25.

Dylan Meyer, on probation for deadly DWI crash, arrested for possible drug use

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:52am

The Springfield man who was sentenced to five years probation for killing a woman while he was drunk is in trouble with the law again.

Dylan Meyer is in the Greene County Jail.  He's accused of violating the terms of his probation.  Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson tells KY3 News that there is evidence suggesting Dylan Meyer used marijuana.  Court documents claim he failed 11 drug tests since sentencing on February 19.

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

Patterson has filed a motion to revoke Meyer's probation for the 2015 crash that killed Kelly Williams.  Her car was sheared in half after he struck it driving more than 90 miles an hour down Campbell Avenue. Investigators say Meyer had a blood alcohol level of more than three time the legal limit.

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.

There was a public outcry when Meyer was given probation with a 10 year suspended sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

Judge David Jones explained some of his reasoning for not sentencing Meyer to prison. Jones said he believed that under that sentencing scenario, the Defendant would have very little chance of becoming a productive member of society upon his release. Instead, he would likely turn to further substance abuse and a life of crime with new victims.

Meyer is scheduled to go before the same judge who sentenced him on Wednesday. He is jailed without bond until that hearing.

This is the press release from the Greene County Prosecutor's Office after Meyer was sentenced on February 19:

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Dylan Meyer, 21, of Springfield, Missouri was sentenced today for involuntary manslaughter in the first degree for causing the death of Ms. Kelly Williams. In the early morning hours of February 10, 2015, the Defendant was driving while intoxicated at speeds over ninety miles an hour on Campbell Avenue at Battlefield Road when he drove his vehicle through a red light striking Ms. Williams’s vehicle and splitting it in half. Mr. Patterson stated that “he was extremely disappointed that the defendant was granted probation and a slap on the wrist in such an egregious case.”

When the Defendant was questioned by officers about how much he had to drink

that night, the Defendant responded “enough.” The Defendant’s blood alcohol level of .266 at the time of the crash was more than three times the legal limit of .08. The Defendant also had THC in his system indicating marijuana use. The Defendant was taken to the hospital following the crash where he was combative and had to be restrained while yelling expletives at hospital staff and police officers. While in the Greene County Jail, Meyer wrote a letter to a friend stating “I don’t wanna go to prison but I guess I may not have a choice. I may get a 120 day treatment program out of it, if I play this off like I’m an alcoholic.”

At the time the Defendant killed Ms. Williams he also had an outstanding warrant

for his arrest out of Greene County for the offense of minor in possession of alcohol and was on probation in Pulaski County for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the sentencing hearing the State requested that Meyer serve a 10 year prison sentence. The defense requested that the Court grant Meyer probation. Meyer was sentenced by The Honorable David Jones to five years of probation with a suspended ten year sentence. The range of punishment for this offense was between five and fifteen years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Meyer’s punishment was less than what he told his friend in his jail letter that he expected to receive.

Despite being disappointed with the outcome, Mr. Patterson stated that he was “extremely proud of the work of First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Philip Fuhrman and the investigation by the Springfield Police Department and Detective Brian Reeves.”

Highway 65 construction project could impact nearby running trails, lake access

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 6:53am

As Southwest Missouri's population grows, so does traffic volume on local highways. A major project to relieve some of that congestion is starting this week.

"They're going to be starting construction on US 65 South of the 60/65 interchange. We are going to be expanding it to six lanes all the way from there to the county line," said Aaron Jaeger, Transportation Project Manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT).

For over a year MODOT has been working to educate the public on the impacts of this work, but the construction will affect a lot more than just motorists.

"We have a section of the James River Trail that goes underneath the portion of 65 under the bridge, and that part of the trail will be impacted during construction," said Terry Whaley, Executive Director of Ozarks Greenways.

Right now Ozarks Greenways representatives are working with MODOT and the contractor on ways to avoid prolonged closures to the trail, but they're asking the public to be flexible as well.

"It's a good time to go out and explore some of the other trails we have in Springfield. We have 100 plus miles of trails and 68 miles of Greenway trails so we are encouraging people to take this next few months and explore other corners of our community," Whaley explained.

Trail users aren't the only ones who will be impacted by this construction. People who use the popular Lake Springfield will see some impacts from this project as well.

"Southwood access, which is on the Southeast part of Lake Springfield, is within the construction footprint of the bridge construction project so because of that, Southwood access is going to have to be closed until the bridge construction project is complete," said Francis Skalicky, Media Specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

The boat dock at that access has been out of service since last summer due to flood damage. This construction project means it will remain unusable for another year and a half. Conservation officials say the Southwood access is the only place on lake Springfield you could back a trailer up to get motorized boats into the water.

"We ask for people to be patient. We know that we have moved fishing around on Lake Springfield but Lake Springfield is still a good place to fish and enjoy other outdoor recreation. We ask people to be patient and hopefully in a short time all of that access that people like will return," said Skalicky.

MODOT will hold a public meeting about the  project this Thursday, April 14 at 4:30pm at the Mercy hospital off 65 and Evans Road.

Video Forecast: Sunny today, clouds return Wednesday

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 5:27am

An upper low will move into the area on Wednesday and Thursday bringing clouds with it.