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Driver from Stoutland killed in Camdenton crash

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 12:37pm

A man from Stoutland died in a two vehicle crash in Camdenton. 

The Camdenton Police Department reports David Ray, 40, was driving south on Missouri Business Route 5 when his Jeep crossed the center line and hit a pickup. 

Ray was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. but died an hour later. 

The driver of the pickup was not hurt. 

Driver faces manslaughter charge after fatal crash in Taney County

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 12:08pm

A man from Kirbyville died in a one-car crash in Taney County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports Jonathan Thompson was a passenger in a car that ran off Highway 76, struck a sign and overturned four miles east of Taneyville. Thompson and the driver were both thrown from the car. Thompson was dead at the scene, the driver was seriously injured.

Neither was wearing a seatbelt.

The Patrol reports the driver was tested for alcohol. William Darnaby, 21, of Kirbyville was arrested on charges of felony involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor DWI, careless and imprudent driving and driving without a license or insurance.  

DWI checkpoint nabs 15 suspected drunk drivers

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 11:43am

A Friday night checkpoint nets more than a dozen suspected drunk drivers.

The Springfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, conducted a sobriety checkpoint Friday night at Jefferson Avenue and Harrison Street.

Officers contacted almost 600 drivers during the four hours the checkpoint was in operation. Fifteen drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, five for Driving While Suspended, two for misdemeanor warrants, and six for misdemeanor drug offenses.

The checkpoint was funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Division of Highway Safety.  

Mizzou graduate student workers to vote on unionization

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 10:23am

University of Missouri graduate student workers are planning a vote on whether to unionize.

The Forum on Graduate Rights on Friday announced a vote will take place over two days beginning April 18 at the Columbia campus. Graduate student workers with photo identification can vote. Students rallied after university officials in August gave graduate assistants 24-hour notice that health insurance subsidies would no longer be offered. The school went back on its plan following a backlash. But that sparked discussions among graduate students over worker conditions. Some graduate student workers are seeking better pay and benefits as well as full tuition waivers for graduate assistants.

Part 1: Outdoor tic-tac-toe board

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 8:37am

FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe makes a tic-tac-toe board out of a piece of wood and rocks. It's a cute and easy project you can do-- on a budget!

Part 2: Finishing up tic-tac-toe board

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 8:22am

FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe puts finishing touches on the tic-tac-toe board.

Your Movie Friend on 5 must-see movies of summer

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 7:58am

Your Movie Friend Aaron Dicer gives us his top 5 movies of summer-- check out which ones he says are "must-see!"

Two arrested for vandalizing 18 school buses

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 4:54am

Charges have been filed against two men in connection to the school bus vandalism that happened at School of the Osage.

The Miller County Prosecutor posted on Facebook that Shane Sabourin and Alexander Keith are both charged with 18 counts of first degree felony tampering.

School administrators say the vandals deflated tires, destroyed valve stems, and smashed windows.

Both men are in jail on $200,000 bond.  A date for their first court appearance hasn't been set. 

The Fordland School District had nine batteries stolen from school buses also on Monday.  Batteries were also stolen from the bus barn along with a battery charger. No arrests have been made in connection to that incident.

Perez triples, scores twice and Royals top Twins 4-3

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:04pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez had an RBI triple in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Omar Infante's sacrifice fly to help the Kansas City Royals come back and beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Friday night.

Alex Gordon singled and scored on Perez's triple, his first since Sept. 25, 2014.

Byung Ho Park homered in the top of the eighth to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead, driving Joakim Soria's 1-1 pitch out to left-center for his first extra-base hit. Park led the Korean Baseball Organization with 53 homers last season before signing a three-year, $24 million contract with the Twins in December.

Soria (1-0) struck out three and allowed a run in one inning, and Kevin Jepsen (0-2) gave up two runs on two hits and a sacrifice fly. Wade Davis worked around a 10-pitch walk to Brian Dozier to get his second save.

Diaz lifts Cardinals past Braves 7-4 with pinch-hit HR

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:02pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Aledmys Diaz got his first career homer to break a tie as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rally from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Friday night.

The Cardinals hit four homers, including three by pinch-hitters, while getting their first win.

Rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker got a pinch-hit homer off Matt Wisler in the seventh to tie the game at 4. Greg Garcia had another pinch-hit homer in the ninth before Stephen Piscotty's first homer added to the lead.

St. Louis, swept in its opening three-game series at Pittsburgh, avoided its first 0-4 start since 1997.

Kevin Siegrist (1-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings before Trevor Rosenthal pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

The homer by Diaz into the left field seats came on the second pitch from left-hander Eric O'Flaherty (0-2).

Freeze Warning

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:56pm

Cold weather visits the Ozarks on Saturday and may be cold enough to damage the plants. A Freeze Warning and Frost Advisory is in effect. Find out when we will warm back up by watching the forecast.

New 'mountain coaster' attraction rolling into Branson this summer

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:56pm

On a piece of property off Highway 165, things are about to go downhill- and fast. But, that's a very good thing for thrill seekers.

Developers are clearing a path and building Branson's very first mountain roller coaster.

"It is different than a traditional roller coaster because you are there by yourself and you have a little bit of control," stated Mark Ruda, developer of Branson Mountain Adventure. "It has a brake on it so you can slow yourself down just a little bit. You will be a lot closer to the ground."

Track for the project will soon be laid along the pathway cleared through the woods.

"You are only a few feet to ten or fifteen feet off the ground at any given time. The trees are close to you, you are going through the woods," said Matt Meadows, Project Manager.

These coasters have been popular in Europe for years now.  Some of first ones in the U.S. recently went up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Now, the exciting ride is zooming into Branson.

"As people's tastes change we are trying to figure out how do provide the amenity that they want to have when they come," explained Ruda.

At most amusement parks, your roller coaster ride will last one or two minutes. This one will last between 8 and 10 minutes.

Meadows explained, "The trees are close to you, you are going through the woods. Instead of being wide open, you are going to be a lot closer to nature."

Plans call for two 360-turn loops, and a 65-foot long bridge over Fall Creek. Set to open sometime this summer, Branson Mountain Adventure will provide a new way to see the sights.

Ruda said, "In some places you will have big views of the Branson skyline, especially at night. And a lot of places you will feel like you are back in the sticks."

"We are first; we are first and we are going to the best," laughed Meadows.

Unsettling discovery; Springfield family finds yard vandalized with swastika graffiti

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:26pm

Swastikas; a symbol of hate, and all the horrors it represents, sent shock waves to the Schoenfeldt family who found more than a dozen of them drawn all over the backyard of their home in North Springfield.  " There's at least 3 on our shed. There's 3 on our fence. There's one on a tree."  Megan Schoenfeldt believes the person responsible for drawing swastikas with chalk in her backyard, must have done it during the day while she and her husband were at work. She first noticed one drawn on the driveway. She immediately washed it off. Then her kids  were playing in the backyard, when they found more swastikas drawn in chalk.  " My children like to play outside a lot and they're 10 years old and almost 8," says Schoenfeldt. " I feel like they're old enough to be out here alone but now I have to worry that there is going to be someone whether its a violent teenager, or a deranged adult, just anyone who doesn't belong on my property coming back here when my children are outside." Schoenfeldt says she's thankful her kids don't know yet what the symbol represents.  She has no idea why someone is targeting her home, but she says it's scary and disturbing. " I know there are people who believe those sort of ideals here in Springfield and, I mean, that's not the kind of people I want around my children. I don't personally believe that kind of thing. I don't want my children being exposed to that kind of thing. I just want to make sure my kids are safe, that's the number one priory for me." It's unclear whether anyone else in the neighborhood has received this type of vandalism, but the Schoenfeldt family says they want to make it known the beliefs behind the swastika symbol are not welcome at their home.

Springfield secures state high school football, basketball championships

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:08pm

 The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announced late today Springfield will be the host city for the 2018-2022 Boys & Girls State Basketball Championships and 2016 State Football Championships.

“We're excited about coming down to Springfield,” said Kerwin Urhahn, MSHSAA Executive Director. “It's a high-school rich environment and southwest Missouri supports high school sports very well. We're looking forward to having all of our participants experience that excitement and enthusiasm first hand. We also appreciate all the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis has done for us in football and all that Mizzou has done in basketball over the years. We greatly value those partnerships and their support.”

In a competitive bid process, bids were submitted by the Springfield Sports Commission and the Convention & Visitors Bureau with facilities at Missouri State University (MSU) serving as the venues. Supporting entities include the City of Springfield, Greene County, Springfield Hotel Lodging Association, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Elliott Lodging, Hammons Hotels & Resorts, O’Reilly Hospitality Management, Chevy Dealers of the Ozarks, Buffalo Wild Wings with numerous other organizations providing promotional support.

“We’re delighted Springfield was selected,” said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, which manages the Springfield Sports Commission. “With the cooperation and partnership of MSU and many other businesses and organizations, we submitted a proposal showing very strong community-wide support for hosting the state championships.”

Craig Long, CFO at MSHSAA, said the organization was impressed by the amount of community support and they’re looking forward to returning to Springfield.

“We’re humbled by the magnitude of community support that was evident in the proposal that came from the Springfield community and we’re excited about the championships being at Missouri State University,” Long said.

The basketball championships will be at JQH Arena and Hammons Student Center and football at Robert W. Plaster Stadium.

“We are very excited after 20-plus years to have the MSHSAA football and basketball championships coming back to Springfield and Missouri State,” said MSU Executive Director of JQH Arena & Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations Keith Boaz. “We look forward to providing first-rate facilities and making the state championship experience a memorable one for the students and participating schools.”

“Missouri State University is thrilled to be selected as the host site for Missouri's premier high school state championship events,” said Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “This has certainly a collaborative effort between the City of Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Springfield Sports Commission and the University, and we are proud these events have finally returned to Springfield and the great facilities on our campus. We look forward to serving as the hosts for high school basketball and football fans across the state.”

During the five years the basketball championships are in Springfield, more than 40,000 people will attend the events each year. Attendance at the football event will be about 25,000 people this fall.

“The Springfield Sports Commission and its board of directors are honored and excited to be the host of the state basketball championships,” said Lance Kettering. “Special recognition goes to the staff at Missouri State University for allowing the opportunity to bid on and ultimately host this event in Springfield. The Sports Commission does not control the athletic venues when we are submitting a bid, it’s paramount for organizations to work together to bring championship-level events to Springfield.”

Columbia hosted State Basketball Championship events for boys from 1973 through 1988 and 1992 to present and for girls from 1980 through 1988 and 1992 to present.

Springfield has hosted the State Basketball Championships at the following venues:

Central High School - 1939, 1943-1945 McDonald Arena - 1941, 1942, 1947-1950, 1956 and 1964 Hammons Student Center - 1983, 1985-1991 (Boys & Girls) The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis has hosted the football championships since 1996. Springfield last hosted the football event in 1995 at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex at Missouri State University.

Springfield has hosted football at the following venues:

John F. Kennedy Stadium in 1968 Briggs Stadium/Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex 1971 and 1988-1995 MSHSAA is the governing body for high school activities in Missouri with about 580 high schools as members. The organization conducts championship-level activities in 23 activities, including sports and academic events. Learn more at www.MSHSAA.org or call 573-875-4880.

The Springfield Sports Commission extends its gratitude to the more than 100 commission members that help Springfield bid on championship events.  

Art by Andy Warhol stolen from Springfield Art Museum

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 5:57pm

Springfield police confirm that someone broke into the museum sometime Wednesday night to steal art.

The museum board chairwoman confirmed to KY3 that at least one print by Andy Warhol was taken.

The museum has removed the rest of the pop art display.

Springfield Police are investigating, and the FBI and Interpol have been notified.

The museum website lists the 10 Warhol screen prints, made in 1968, as part of their permanent collection.

The founders of the Greenberg Gallery in St. Louis donated the works in 1985.

The museum is not giving any other information about the theft for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

The city has an insurance policy that covers art in the museum.

Christie's auction website shows there will be a sale of a very similar set of 10 Warhol screen prints of the Campbell's Soup Cans in a couple of weeks. The prints will be auctioned off individually in New York on April 26. The estimated prices begin at $12,000, but the "Tomato" soup can print is estimated to be auctioned for $40,000 -  $60,000.

Lebanon lifts boil water advisory

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 5:52pm

The city of Lebanon has lifted a boil water advisory.

On Wednesday people were asked to voluntarily boil their water after tests of samples taken from a single well showed traces of coliform and E. coli bacteria. The advisory was lifted for customers south of Interstate 44 on Thursday, then lifted for the rest of the town on Friday afternoon.

The following was posted on the city of Lebanon's web site Friday:

The Boil Water Advisory issued on April 6, 2016 has now been lifted for the entire City.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health have processed water samples taken from Lebanon’s water supply and the results no longer show the presence of bacteria.  All customers can use City supplied water services for immediate use or consumption. 

4 things you can learn from your tax return

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 5:42pm

When you get your tax return, the number one question is, how much is my refund? Don't file away your return papers just yet. This is a great time to do a financial checkup. Here's how to figure out what's working for your wallet.

If you're having trouble making ends meet, consider getting a bigger paycheck but a not so big tax refund.

"If you are struggling throughout the year maybe it's time to look at your withholding. Unless you're getting big refundable credits ... that's already your money," said Brittany Hopp, CPA with York and Hopp.

Prioritize your debt. You can deduct some of the interest paid on a mortgage and student loan. Instead of paying extra on those loans, it might be wiser to pay off a higher interest-rate debt ... like a credit card.

Review the interest you earned on rainy day accounts. Shop around. Consider a different way to invest.

"Don't just process them through and put them in your tax return and move on ... look at it and say I made 45 dollars in interest this year. Could I do better somewhere else? And you might be able to if it's a CD or a different account," said Hopp.

Revisit your retirement contributions. Running the numbers will tell you if you should aim to save more this year.

Retirement calculator.

Parents of victim witness fatal Texas county shooting

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 5:39pm

A shooting in Texas County Friday morning killed a 25-year old man.  Investigators say they've been interviewing those involved in the domestic disturbance and shooting all day, but have not named a suspect.

25 year old Eddie Day's family says he died on Tiffany Drive near Highway E  around 8:30 Friday morning just north of Houston, from a gunshot wound to the chest.  Day's family waited outside the Texas County Sheriff's office waiting to be interviewed by investigators.  They called KY3 Friday wanting to tell their side, saying they witnessed it all.

"That guy opened his door, pointed the gun, shot him right in the heart," says Tina Dodd, Eddie Day's mother. Tina and James Dodd say their son, Eddie had called them Friday morning, wanting to do the right thing with his outstanding warrant.  "We was going to call the cops and have him turn himself in.  I said where are you, son?  He told me, and we pulled up; there was the black truck there, which was the murderer," Tina says. They say it was a man their son knew.  Investigators say they're interviewing everyone involved in the domestic disturbance, including the shooter.  James says his son was unarmed.  "His arms went in the air.  He stepped back.  The guy, I don't know his name, he opened his truck door and shot him.  I jumped out of my truck.  I was 2 foot behind his truck," says James.

Eddie's family says the shooter parked his truck on the gravel road, and that Eddie died right near it, with his mother and father holding onto him.  "Right in the heart.  We seen it.  I jumped out of the truck and I grabbed him.  And I put him in my arms," says Tina. It all happened next to a mobile home park, and just outside Eddie's stepsister's home.  Amanda Layton says, "Just within him walking from my door to here, he got shot, and we heard the gunfire." "I walked up the driveway and heard everybody hollering and whatnot," says neighbor Nathan Young. The shooting scene was clear by afternoon, but as they grieve, Eddie's family waits for justice.   "We want first degree murder on this.  He was unarmed.  They come to shoot him.  He was packing that gun, loaded, to come shoot our son," James says.

Tuition increases could be in store for Missouri students

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 5:35pm

Tuition increases could be on the way for Missouri college students.  The Missouri Senate approved a budget with a six percent increase for higher education, meaning tuition would stay flat, but some republicans in the Missouri State House of Representatives say the proposal most likely will not be approved.

"I don't make a lot of money as a student, and I do have to take out loans and get grants from the government," said Amanda Horned, a senior at Missouri State, who works two jobs.   "If I had my say, I'd say, 'Don't take it out on the students,'" she said. Higher education officials say the six percent increase approved in the senate would allow them to keep tuition flat, but some republicans in the House have other ideas. Representative Jeff Messenger said he is still supporting budget cuts for the University of Missouri for not being more responsive to situations like the one involving embattled professor Melissa Click following racial tensions and protests on campus.

"The six percent increase would allow us to recover from the cuts that originally came in 2008-09," said MSU's chief of staff, Ryan DeBoef.

DeBoef works directly with legislators. Those opposed to the increase in Jefferson City want schools to find other ways to cut costs before hiking tuition. DeBoef claims that is something the school has already done. "We have had dramatic increase in number of students on this campus, and we've had to educate more students with less resources.  We've done that through administrative efficiencies, but there's only so far you can go with administrative efficiencies," DeBoef said. Stuck in the middle:  students like Horned. "I ust want this to be worth it, and I don't want to pay an exuberant amount to get my education of course," she said.

The budget proposal is not expected to pass through the House.  A compromise is possible.

Frosty Saturday

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:49pm

Very cold morning temperatures are expected early Saturday. Find out if the rest of the weekend will also be cold by watching the forecast.