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Prosecutor sues Dixon marshal-elect to keep him from taking office

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:22am

The Pulaski County prosecuting attorney sued the Dixon town marshal-elect on Monday morning to try to keep him from taking office.  Voters re-elected Mike Plummer last week even though a Pulaski County grand jury indicted Plummer last October on 15 charges, and the state suspended his law enforcement license in January.

Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman filed a quo warranto petition against Plummer on Monday morning.  Quo warranto is a Latin term that means "by what authority."  The petition challenges Plummer's right to hold the elected office as the town's top law enforcement official since he doesn't have a state license that is required for someone to carry out law enforcement duties.  Plummer and his attorney will be able to challenge the petition.

Pulaski County sheriff's deputies have been doing extra patrols in Dixon since the election on April 5 after the sheriff said Plummer's supporters protested at city hall and threatened violence if the city council does not let Plummer take office.  Sheriff Ron Long called the protest at city hall on the night after the election a "near riot."

Plummer faces 15 crimes of forgery, hindering prosecution, making false declarations, and theft. Some of the charges relate to fixing drunken driving tickets. A trial is scheduled on May 31 in Rolla, where the case was moved to try to ensure a fair outcome, according to online court records.

Plummer has been receiving a paycheck since he was suspended last fall after his state license was suspended.  The Dixon city clerk says Plummer's attorney picked up his final paycheck on Monday morning.   He won't receive another paycheck unless he is sworn-in for another term.

The Dixon city council has a meeting scheduled for Monday night.  The city clerk said the mayor scheduled the meeting to swear in newly elected council members and possibly a marshal.  Lt. Gary Brankel has been serving as interim marshal since the indictment against Plummer.  Brankel tied for second with another of the three candidates who ran against Plummer for the marshal's job.  The city clerk says the meeting won't happen if the Pulaski County clerk doesn't send certified election results to city officials.

Angie's List: What to ask before you hire a cleaning service

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:22am

When was the last time you pulled out the furniture or broke out the scouring pads to clean your home? If you can’t remember, it might be time for a deep clean. Tabbetha Sells has been cleaning houses for six years. Every day, she dusts, disinfects and vacuums… all part of a standard job. When a client wants more, she and her crew go after the dirt, dust and grime you can’t see without really looking for it.

“We’ll open the cabinet doors and clean the inside of the cabinet doors and that ledge where stuff collects over time. We clean the inside of all the appliances - refrigerator, oven, microwave. We clean the baseboards thoroughly and we polish them afterwards," said Sells. “Spring is a great time to consider having your house deeply cleaned, and usually you should be doing that every two to three months, especially if you’re getting ready to sell your house – that’s a time you want to make sure you have it done," said Angie Hicks. Cleaning deep also means cleaning high where things can be hard – or even dangerous – to reach.

“We do anything up high and it doesn’t matter how high it is, we will clean it – exhaust fans, ceiling fans, vents in the walls," said Sells. Most companies don’t charge by the hour, but by the job. Make sure to get a listing of everything you want done at the agreed upon price.

“You should always require a detailed estimate so that you know what to expect," said Sells. “On average, our members have reported spending about 230 dollars for a deep clean, and that’s about a hundred dollars more than a standard clean. And if you’re looking to hire a house cleaner for the first time, you shouldn’t be surprised if they recommend a deep cleaning as your first visit," said Hicks. Before hiring anyone to clean your home, look for a company that’s bonded and insured. Make sure to ask specifically how they handle replacing anything that may be broken during a cleaning. The service should provide all the supplies needed, but if you want environmentally friendly products used exclusively, you may need to supply those yourself. And if you want a specific person to do the cleanings, ask for that to be written into the contract.

Consumer Reports: New ways to brew coffee

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:22am

Consumer Reports has ratings for more than 130 drip coffee makers alone. But there are plenty of other machines to get your brew on. Testers tested three new types of coffee makers that are said to improve your cup of joe ––including one that only makes cold brewed coffee. Cold brewing is steeping the grounds in cold water for a long period of time to make coffee that’s less bitter and less acidic. The $50 Oxo Cold Brew is basically a filtered container on a stand. Fill it with water and grounds, and the coffee decants slowly into the carafe in 12 to 24 hours. You could also just use a simple glass jar and pour the liquid off before you get to the grounds. Next up, the Fellow Duo Coffee Steeper. It costs $100 and brews coffee hot or cold. The double filter is supposed to keep the gunk out of the bottom of your cup. Testers needed to use more coffee and had to steep it longer than the instructions suggested. But the chamber is well-insulated, so they were still able to get a hot cup of coffee. For just $30, the Aerobie AeroPress brews both coffee and espresso using an airtight plunger to force the coffee through the filter. Using the plunger can be a little tricky, but it works quickly and is easy to clean. Testers were able to get a good cup of coffee from all three of the new coffee makers, but not right out of the box. They had to vary time, temperature, amount of coffee, and the grind. So if you don’t mind a little work, you do have some new options. If you’re more of a traditionalist, Consumer Reports has several conventional drip coffee makers to recommend. Among the top-rated are the Cuisinart Perfect Temp from Sears and the Kenmore Elite 12-cup. Both cost about $100.

Photos: Lightning burns house near Highlandville

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:25am

Highlandville and Ozark firefighters fought a fire in a house on Bear Creek Road early Monday.  Firefighters say someone called about the fire around 4 a.m.  They say a family, including four girls, escaped safely.  Firefighters were still at the scene about 9:00. (pictures from photojournalist Thomas Leonard)

Fryer fire damages Steak 'n Shake in Springfield

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:10am

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will inspect the damage at a restaurant after a fire in a fryer late Sunday night. The call  came in around 10:30 at the Steak 'n Shake in the 1500 block of South Glenstone Avenue. 

Firefighters could see an active fire in a fryer when they arrived.  All workers and customers safely evacuated the restaurant, which suffered smoke and other damage.

Firefighters said somebody had the best of intentions while trying to put out the grease fire with an extinguisher but the force of the chemicals coming from the extinguisher caused the grease to splatter and spread the fire even more.  Steak 'n Shake owner Gary Leonard said a customer grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to help; he said his employees know how to fight a grease fire and would have been able to put out the fire.

Officers will aggressively enforce seat belt usage this week

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:23am

Law enforcement officers across Missouri will conduct an aggressive ‘Click It or Ticket” campaign on Thursday.  Surveys show people do not buckle up about 20 percent of the time when they drive or ride in a vehicle in Missouri; that’s well above the national average of 14 percent.

Crash statistics show 63 percent of the people who die in traffic crashes in Missouri were not using seat belts.  That’s why troopers, sheriff’s deputies and police officers will have a saturation day in which they step up enforcement on people who are not buckled in.

Track storms on KY3's Interactive Radar

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:33am

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Nonprofit group focuses on keeping Alzheimer's sufferers home

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:20am

A nonprofit organization helps those with Alzheimer's disease stay in their homes longer.  It's a model that the founder says benefits the person with the disease while saving millions of dollars for taxpayers who often foot the bill for nursing home care.

Memory Care Home Solutions founder Lisa Baron testified Wednesday before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.  Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill co-chairs the committee along with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

Baron says, on average, her clients stay home a full year longer than others at similar stages of the disease.  That is accomplished by teaching caregivers skills to lessen the side effects of Alzheimer's and to keep the person with the illness safe.

Dust storm in Arkansas causes fatal crash

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:10am

Arkansas State Police say a man from Florida died in a five-vehicle collision during a dust storm near Walnut Ridge.   The crash was one of several vehicle accidents throughout the region caused by blowing dust on Sunday.

Forecasters issued a dust storm warning for parts of northeastern Arkansas because of 35 mph winds that gusted at times to 50 mph.

State police identified the man killed as Benjamin Brantley, 50, of Brookville, Fla.  A police report said the crash occurred during "near-zero visibility."

Police closed portions of U.S. 63 and U.S. 412 on Sunday evening because visibility was so poor.      The National Weather Service cautioned that dust storms are also bad for people with breathing problems.  It advised them to stay indoors if possible. The National Weather Service issued the dust warning for seven counties in far northeast Arkansas and two in the Missouri boot heel until late Sunday.  The weather service says southerly winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour blew the dry delta soil, severely limited visibility, and made travel hazardous for high profile vehicles.      The Arkansas counties under the advisory are Craighead, Poinsett, Mississippi, Randolph, Clay, Lawrence and Greene while the Missouri counties are Dunklin and Pemiscot.


Information from Jonesboro Sun

Video Forecast: rain and storms this morning

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 6:56am

A cold front will move through this morning with drier conditions this afternoon.

Crash injures motorcyclist in Springfield

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 6:35am

A motorcyclist is recovering after being hit by a car.  It happened in the 1500 block of West Sunshine Street, just west of Kansas Expressway, on Sunday night.

Police haven't released the extent of injuries to the motorcyclist or how the crash happened.

Arvest Banks kicks off 'One Million Meals' to benefit local food pantries

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 6:21am

At the Ozarks Food Harvest there's no shortage of work for volunteers. Each week they sort and pack hundreds of pounds of food that goes out to families in need.

"30,000 people every week access our food programs and pantries so food donations and fund donations really go a long way in helping solve the problem of hunger," said Christine Temple, Communications Manager for Ozarks Food Harvest.

Arvest Bank has launched a campaign this spring to help work towards a solution.

"It's a goal for us to raise a million dollars or a million meals. That comes to us in a number of different ways. it can come in the form of non-perishable foods or in actual dollars," said Shane Cowger, Sales Manager with Arvest Bank in Springfield.

From now through the end of May you'll see collection bins and sponsorship cans at at Arvest Bank Branches in Springfield and surrounding areas. The proceeds from this drive benefit families who rely on food provided through the Ozarks Food Harvest network of local pantries.

"What's great is the idea that this is something easy. Anyone can grab something out of the cabinet or even give a dollar to the organization," said Cowger.

It doesn't sound like a lot, but food and especially monetary donations can go a lot father than you might think.

"We are able to leverage every dollar into five meals for people here in the Ozarks so campaigns like this mean a lot to the people that we serve. We serve one in four people in Southwest Missouri," Temple explained.

But it's not just about raising funds and collecting food, this drive also helps raise awareness.

"Every time a customer goes into an Arvest bank they'll see a lot of signs and flyers promoting us and they might not know about hunger in our community, so this is a great opportunity to not only help with this drive but this might create supporters of ours in the long term as well," said Temple.

You can donate to the One Million Meals campaign by dropping off non-perishable food or monetary donations at local Arvest Bank Branches. The campaign runs through the end of May.

Large hail and heavy rain threat overnight

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 11:19pm

Strong to severe thunderstorms possible overnight. Isolated flooding is a concern by morning. Get the stormy details by watching the forecast.

Marilyn's Fine Jewelry closing after 43 years in Downtown Springfield

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 10:23pm

Over the last 43 years Marylin's Custom Jewelry has become a fixture in downtown Springfield, and their store front has had a front row seat to decades worth of downtown changes. 

"We moved here in '73 and every store in the square was filled up," owner Marilyn Scott recalled. 

They've seen the iconic Heers Building change from Department Store to Apartments, watched as neighboring businesses closed up moved out and from their front window they've seen Park Central Square remodeled several times.

"It's changed every time," Marilyn said. "Now there's not very many retail stores on the square itself."

Now John and Marilyn are giving up that front row seat. After about a half-century in the jewelry business the couple is retiring.

"I'll be 79 next month, and I think its about enough," John said.

"He's been making and repairing jewelry for 60 years, and I've been in it for 43 years, so we think we want to go on vacation," Marilyn added with a smile. "We'll miss our customers, because most of our customers became friends."

Their last day in business is Saturday and up until they close they're having a big 60-percent-off sale. John says the building has been bought and the new owner will have a store on the first floor with two lofts above it. He doesn't know what kind of store that will be, but he says he wants to come back and see the shop once it is finished.  

Work Zone Awareness Week kicks off Monday

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 10:20pm

MoDOT is asking drivers to take extra precautions this week as it kicks off Work Zone Awareness week on Monday. MoDOT is asking drivers to go the extra mile to make sure both the drivers and MoDOT employees go home safe. When MoDOT workers arrive at a job site, they have one task much more important than road work. "We want all of our workers to go home at the end of the day," says Assistant District Construction and Materials Engineer Cindy Dunnaway. Unfortunately that task isn't always accomplished. "Since 2000 we've lost 16 workers," says Dunnaway. "Working on the side of the road with cars going past us at 50, 60, 70 mph and it's just a dangerous situation." MoDOT says many of those deaths could have been prevented if drivers had paid more attention. "Turn the cell phone off; for us that's kind of one of our number one things that we would love for our traveling public to do," says Dunnaway. "We try to do everything we can on our side to make sure we're visible by wearing high visibility gear, hard hats to make sure the public can see us." MoDOT is also asking drivers to be more courteous of one another; especially on ramps when pulling on to or off of the highway.   "We're trying a new thing this year, it's called the zipper merge," says Dunnaway. "If we could get everybody to keep side by side and then as they get to the point where we ask you to merge we would like for you to take turns and then proceed on through the work zone safely." So the workers can stay focused and stay safe. MoDOT is kicking off the week Monday morning at 9 when heads of local law enforcement will be at the MoDOT District Offices on East Kearney to talk about road safety.

SLIDESHOW: KY3's Futurecast maps where to expect stormy weather Sunday into Monday

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 10:15pm

KY3's Futurecast radar shows us where to expect stormy weather in the Ozarks Sunday night into Monday morning.  Heavy rain is a possibility into Monday morning.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH issued for the Ozarks into Monday

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 9:10pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of the Ozarks into Monday morning.

The watch lasts until 7:00 a.m.  It includes Barton, Benton (MO), Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Newton (MO), Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Texas, Vernon, Webster and Wright Counties.  

More than three inches of rain is possible for parts of the watch area overnight.  


FLASH FLOOD WATCH issued for the Ozarks into Monday

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 9:10pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of the Ozarks into Monday morning.

The watch lasts until 7:00 a.m.  It includes Barton, Benton (MO), Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Newton (MO), Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Texas, Vernon, Webster and Wright Counties.  

More than three inches of rain is possible for parts of the watch area overnight.  


Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for the Ozarks Sunday night

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 6:01pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for a part of the Ozarks.

The watch includes Barton, Benton (MO), Cedar, Dade, Hickory, Jasper, Morgan, Polk, St Clair and Vernon Counties.  The watch lasts until midnight.

Numerous thunderstorms are forecast to form this evening and move slowly east. This will set up a training environment and very heavy rain is likely in a narrow swath just north of the Interstate-44.  

Severe Weather Likely Tonight

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 5:56pm

Big thunderstorms and the possibility of severe weather are in store for the Ozarks tonight. Find out if it will still be raining in the morning by watching the forecast.