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Amber Alert canceled after baby girl was found safe.

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:31am

An Amber Alert has been canceled for a baby girl out of the Kansas City area.

One-month-old Amilyah Foreman is back with her mother.

Police say the father of the child, Robert Forman, took the baby on Sunday.  Police haven't found Forman and they haven't said where they found the baby.

FBI offers big reward for info on Andy Warhol prints stolen from Springfield Art Museum

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:33pm

The FBI announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of artwork stolen from the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 Brookside Dr.

Investigators believe the break-in and theft occurred sometime during the early morning hours on April 7.  Burglars took seven of ten Andy Warhol paintings on permanent display at the museum.

The collection, which has been owned by the Springfield Art Museum since 1985, is Set number 31 of the Campbell’s Soup I collection and is valued at approximately $500,000. Each painting in the screen print collection measures 37 inches high by 24.5 inches wide and is in a white frame.

The FBI seeks the public’s assistance in locating this stolen artwork. Anyone with information should contact the FBI Springfield office at (417) 882-3303 or the Springfield Police Department TIPS line at (417) 869-TIPS. Additionally, people may contact their local law enforcement agency.

The FBI has a specialized Art Crime Team of special agents supported by special trial attorneys to recover stolen items and prosecute art and cultural property crime. The team investigates theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines. The FBI also runs the National Stolen Art File, a computerized index of stolen art and cultural properties that is used as a reference by law enforcement agencies worldwide. 

McHugh, Rasmus help Astros win home opener 8-2 over Royals

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:33pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Collin McHugh bounced back from the shortest start of his career by pitching seven scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros won their home opener over the Kansas City Royals, 8-2, on Monday night.

Carlos Correa had three hits and two RBIs for Houston, Jose Altuve had three hits and rookie Tyler White added a pair of hits for his fourth multi-hit game this year.

McHugh (1-1) allowed eight hits and struck out four to bounce back from his last start, in which he allowed six runs and walked two in 1/3 inning of a 16-6 loss to the Yankees.

Chris Young (0-2) allowed nine hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Astros jumped on him early and were up by 1 in the first after an RBI double by Correa when Rasmus launched a towering shot to the second deck in right field to make it 3-0.

Luis Valbuena had an RBI double, Jason Castro drove in a run with a triple and Altuve had a run-scoring single in the fourth to push the lead to 6-0.

Big Move For Beer: Tanks roll through downtown Springfield for brewery project

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:07pm

An army of tanks rolls through downtown Monday afternoon.  Not the military kind, but stainless steel tanks for Springfield Brewing Company's expansion.

"Yes, we are adding more jobs. We are adding more to the local economy," explained Bryan Bevel, Springfield Brewing Company Director of Operations. "And we are adding more beer for people to taste, and take, and to love. And that [makes for] exciting times."

The tanks were fabricated just a few blocks away at Paul Mueller Company.  Getting them to BrewCo was the fun part.

Bevel explained, "Working with Mueller has been great. So, that adds to a local company working with us to make this happen. "

In all, there will be eight of these new tanks, allowing Springfield Brewing company to triple the amount of beer it bottles and sells in stores all across the Ozarks.

Years ago, Mueller Company had more of a focus on dairy tanks. But, more and more orders are rolling in these days from the beer industry.

"We are responding to exponential growth in the craft brewing market.," said Jessica Presley of Paul Mueller Company. "The growth that these brewers are seeing is just phenomenal, and we love to be a part of it. "

Bevel said, "Taking it from paper to concrete is always awesome. Getting ready to show it off to our patrons and our friends and distributors that have helped us get to this point is really exciting."

Brewco's expansion also includes a lot more warehouse space.  Everything will be done by the end of the spring.

A few sprinkles possible later this week

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:58pm

Chilly weather Tuesday will give way to a few sprinkles later this week. Find out how much rain could fall by watching the forecast.

Missouri panel to hear input on religious-objections measure

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:48pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The public has a chance to give Missouri lawmakers feedback on a proposed constitutional amendment to protect some businesses that object to same-sex marriage.

The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee on Tuesday is set to hear testimony on the measure after the House breaks for the evening.

The hearing is the first since Senate Democrats staged a failed filibuster against the legislation for 37 hours. Since then, some top business groups and Missouri companies have criticized the measure.

The proposal would allow voters to decide whether to amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit government penalties against those who cite religious beliefs while declining to provide wedding-related services to same-sex couples.

The religious protections would apply to clergy, religious organizations and some businesses such as florists and photographers.

Wacha, Cardinals offense have big day against Brewers

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:44pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha allowed four hits in six scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals had 10 extra-base hits Monday in routing the Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 in their home opener.

Jeremy Hazelbaker was 4 for 4 with a triple, double and sacrifice fly, lifting his average to .526, and fellow rookie Almedys Diaz had two doubles.

Yadier Molina had three hits, two RBIs and an uncontested steal off starter Taylor Jungmann (0-1) in second. Randal Grichuk drove in his first run of the season with a double.

Hall of Famer Lou Brock throw a strike to former teammate Ted Simmons on the ceremonial first pitch from halfway between the mound and the plate. The former base-stealing champ's left leg was amputated below the knee in October, and he wears a prostheses.

Burglars break into 36 businesses in 30 days in Springfield

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:26pm

Business owners beware. Thirty-six businesses in Springfield have been broken into in the last 30 days. Fourteen are considered "active investigations" by police, meaning they think they can be solved. The 17 others have little solvability potential. Police say they have little or no evidence to go on in those cases.

A strip mall at Kansas Expressway and Grand are two of the latest targets.  Thieves smashed in glass doors to gain entry over the weekend.

Jose Rivera runs a Beauty Salon there.

"This is our second time to get broken into. One time by force, just popped lock, just open the door the lock, but this time someone broke the glass," he said.

Just two doors down from there, Springfield Vapors was also hit.

"I knew they'd be back because there are no repercussions.  They are dumb criminals and they say, 'That was an easy boost, easy heist, let's go back for more,'" said business owner Preston Kamler.

In 2015, Springfield averaged 48 business break-ins a month. Police look for trends and similar methods of operation by thieves to connect cases together in order to solve them.

To get your break-in assigned to police for investigation, it's best to be proactive in setting up your business, such as adding video surveillance.

University of Missouri will close 2 more residence halls

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:19pm

The University of Missouri says it's planning to close two more dorms on the Columbia campus because of a drop in residency.

A decrease in the number of students requiring housing at the campus led to the university no longer offer space at the Respect or Excellence residence halls.  The university says it can reopen those dorms later if demand requires.

The university announced in March that it would close two residence halls scheduled for demolition ahead of schedule because of declining enrollment.

The Respect and Excellence halls opened in 2004 and together house more than 300 students.


Information from: KMBC-TV

Cool Mornings Mild Afternoons

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:37pm

Chilly morning lows will give way to mild afternoons. Find out when the next chance for rain will arrive by watching the forecast.

Safe and Sound Preview: Home Security

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:28pm

More than 130 vendors will be at the E-Plex to help better protect your family.

Home security is smart technology. Keys are old school. Unlock your front door by code or by phone. Use a video camera to make sure a package arrived on your porch.  Watch what's happening at your home in real time. "Maybe I want it here this week, but when I'm on vacation I want it in a different location," said Sam Blaine with Atlas Security.

If a criminal does get into your home, chances are they'll leave fast because of the alarm. "If someone breaks into your home they don't have 24 hours to loot your home and to be in there for a long time. It's seconds that their in or out. We get a lot of reports from people that say, 'thank you so much for your security system because they didn't even come in. They tried and then they left.' That's the goal," said Blaine. When your alarm goes off. Atlas Security gets a notification. Atlas can send police or paramedics. "A security system isn't going to prevent anything happening. But it's an early warning thing. You can imagine if something happened. You at least have that early warning to let you know something is going on," said Blaine.

Learn about severe weather preparedness, I.D. theft, self defense ... anything to do with safety at Safe and Sound Saturday at the E-Plex from 9 to 4.

PICTURES: Cardinals fans celebrate opening day at Busch Stadium

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:25pm

The St. Louis Cardinals always do opening day right!  The Redbirds celebrated opening day with a 10-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.  Legend Lou Brock threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Huge economic impact expected as MSHSAA games come to Queen City

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 4:40pm

Tens of thousands of high school sports fans will be converging on the Queen City starting this year.  It was revealed Friday Springfield is the new home of the Missouri State High School Activities Association championships.

Whether it's the Greenwood Blue and Gold or the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, Springfield has shown its support for high school basketball over the years, not to mention football. "You go to any high school football stadium on a Friday night, and they're jam-packed as well, so we definitely documented how well our community supports high school athletics," said Keith Boaz, the executive director of the JQH Arena. Showing that support was part of the aggressive bid Springfield leaders said they put together when pitching JQH and Plaster Stadium for the MSHSAA tournaments.  They games were lasted here some 25 years ago. "To get awarded over Kansas City or St. Louis, Columbia, and some other markets, it was very, very exciting Springfield was chosen," Boaz said. The basketball contract includes two separate weekends for 2018 through 2022, bringing an estimated 40,000 fans for each of those weekends.  The football contract is for 2016.

The town's 6,000 hotel rooms expected to fill up fast.  Gordon Elliott is a hotel owner and operator manages about 1,200 of those rooms and expects to sell out tournament weekends. Meanwhile, restaurants like the Wendy's nestled between Bass Pro and the Missouri State Campus, are preparing for a big uptick in sales.  "Frosties are always popular.  We have vanilla and chocolate.  We also have a value menu," said Danny Miles, manager of the Wendy's on West Sunshine in Springfield. "We'll have a big increase in business no doubt," he said. Leaders with the Springfield Sports Commission and the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau are  not sure how the economic impact will play out, but they are expecting it see a minimum of $2.5 million in expenditures alone.

Two men on the run from the McDonald County jail

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:19pm

The McDonald County Sheriff's Department is looking for two escaped inmates.

The sheriff says Keith Davis and Matthew Miller escaped sometime Monday morning.  Deputies say they should be considered dangerous.  So do not approach the men.   

If you see them, call 911.


Catch of the Day: Cape Fair angler hooks record white bass

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 2:16pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports James Wright of Cape Fair became the most recent record-setting angler in Missouri when he hooked a white bass on Table Rock Lake on a trotline.

The new “alternative method” record white bass caught by Wright on April 6 weighed 3-pounds, 4-ounces with a length of 18 3/4 inches. Wright was using shad for bait to try to catch catfish, but instead he caught a state-record white bass.

“I was in my new boat baiting hooks on a trotline, and out of nowhere something hit the line hard,” Wright said. “I grabbed the line and yanked it, and then the fight was on. I finally got it in the boat after about three minutes and was totally shocked to see that it was a white bass.”

Wright added that he wasn’t sure if it was state record so he contacted MDC immediately.

“Once MDC confirmed that the fish was a state record I was so excited,” he said. “This was my dad’s and my dream. I just can’t believe it came true! This is by far the biggest white bass I have ever caught on a trotline. I plan on having it mounted so I’ll never forget catching a fish like that.”

MDC staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale in the town of Galena.

“2016 is shaping up to be a year for state-record fish,” said MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “We have already had six new records so far, which is more than an entire year sometimes. The mild weather we have had so far this year means more anglers are fishing, and catching big fish.”

Wright’s recent catch set the state record for white bass in the alternative methods category.

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish. For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at

More tranquil weather ahead

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 2:00pm

Back to the 70s this week

Hailey Owens murder case: Judge rules on access to Craig Wood mental health records

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:57pm

Craig Wood, the man charged in the kidnapping and murder of 10 year-old Hailey Owens, was in a Greene County courtroom again Monday. The court picked up an issue discussed late last month.  A judge ruled prosecutors can have access to psychological records from Wood's doctors who visit him the jail, but the court should review their notes first.  The defense is to provide the records by the end of May.  The jury trial is set to begin September 26th.

Hailey Owens' family members were once again in the court room, seeking justice for Hailey, who was killed on February 18, 2014.

No tickets remaining for Tim Tebow event at College of the Ozarks

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:28am

All tickets for the Tim Tebow event at College of the Ozarks are gone.

The free tickets to see the former pro football standout and Heisman Trophy recipient were made available on the College of the Ozarks website and were reserved within minutes of becoming available.

Tebow will speak on Thursday at the campus convocation in the Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex.   Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The convocation begins at 7 p.m.

During the convocation, College of the Ozarks will recognize two regional organizations, Camp Barnabas and Generation Next, with Servant Leadership awards for helping children who face challenges in life.

Historic car stolen from northern Arkansas business

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:46am

Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on April 8, 2016, during the evening or night hours, unknown persons entered a business along Highway 5 and stole a 1933 Ford Coupe, Black in color with chrome "mag" wheels.  Entry was made through the door of the business.

Samples of evidence have been collected at the scene and are being processed tor the crime lab.

The vehicle is valued at approximately $60,000.00.

Sheriff Bonds asks for the public's help in locating this vehicle.  If you see this vehicle, please contact the Stone County Sheriffs Department at (870) 269-3825.

Pictures: Willie Nelson concert

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:27am

Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and Ryan Bingham performed in front of a packed house at the O'Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University Friday night.  Merle Haggard was originally on the ticket with Willie promoting their new album together titled Django and Jimmie but failing health had kept Merle off the tour and he cancelled all upcoming concert dates just a few weeks ago.  Merle Haggard died this past Wednesday, April 6, 2016, due to complications with pneumonia.  Jamey Johnson performed an entire set of Merle's songs and Willie closed out the show with Johnson and Bingham singing Merle's famous song Okie from Muskogee.  Willie's son Lukas Nelson was a great addition to Willie's band playing some backup rhythm guitar and he electrified the audience when he took center stage to sing Texas Flood with some incredible guitar work.