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Past articles by Bil:

Man gets 8 years in prison for Willard couple’s death

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The last of four people accused in connection with the deaths of a Willard couple shot to death in 2020 has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Matthew Plumb pleaded guilty under a plea agreement to charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and tampering with evidence, according to online court […] → Read More

Phelps County man accused of child abuse sentenced to seven years in prison

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. – A Phelps County man accused of child abuse of his four-month-old child in 2019 has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Shawn Crall is free on bond pending an appeal of his case, according to the office of the Circuit Clerk in Pulaski County where the case was heard on a […] → Read More

Springfield school bus crashes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Police and first responders are on scene in the 700 block of East University Street where a Springfield Public School bus and a pickup collided this morning, Feb. 23. → Read More

Branson man arrested for shooting roommate

BRANSON, Mo. – A 28-year-old Branson man has been arrested and charged in a shooting Tuesday afternoon after he learned his roommates were planning to evict him. Eric Michael Boehme is charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action, according to online court records. A probable cause statement says Boehme and one of the […] → Read More

Fatal fire in Winona kills 1

WINONA, Mo. – Three children were able to escape from a burning home in Winona Thursday afternoon, but their 66-year-old grandfather was not and was killed in the fire. Police said the man, Randy Best, died in the 4 p.m. fire that destroyed his home on Cooley Lane near U.S. Highway 60 and Route 19. […] → Read More

Boone County principal charged with wife’s murder has trial pushed back

UPDATE: 2/17/23: A murder trial for an Arkansas high school principal that was to have begun in March has again been delayed. Rocky Dodson, former principal at Omaha High School is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife Amanda. A jury trial was to have begun on March 27, 2023, but has […] → Read More

Man accused of MSU restroom assault gets 18 years in prison

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield man originally accused of attempted rape and kidnapping in a restroom at Missouri State University has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. → Read More

Halfway murder suspect gets a trial date

According to online court records, Lucky Jay Johnson is to stand trial beginning July 18, 2023, for the death of Darrianna Johnson at the couple’s home on South 207th Road near Halfway. → Read More

Two juveniles arrested after Ozark gas station break-in

OZARK, Mo. – Officers following tracks in the snow early today, Feb. 1, led to the arrest of two juveniles suspected of a burglary around 3 a.m. at the Plaza Gas station on East South Street. Ozark Police Capt. Derek Hill said the two were arrested after employees arriving for work today discovered a break-in […] → Read More

10,000 chickens killed in Pleasant Hope fire

PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. – About 10,000 chickens were killed and the building that housed them was destroyed in a fire in the 2100 block of 552nd Road in Polk County today (Jan. 24, 2023). Pleasant Hope Fire Protection District Chief Greg Wood said the cause of the blaze was not yet known. Employees were in the […] → Read More

Strafford man sentenced to life for murder of wife and in-laws

A jury had been seated and opening statements in the murder trial of Jesse Huy were to begin today when the defendant changed his plea and admitted guilt in the murders of his wife and parents-in-law. → Read More

Agape Boarding School to close down

STOCKTON, Mo. — The leaders of the Agape Boarding School announce that the institution will close its doors on Jan. 20. The announcement comes after calls for Agape’s closure from state officials and former students and several criminal cases against former school staff. For the past 30 years Agape Boarding School has provided over 6,000 […] → Read More

Stockton residents asked to boil their water

STOCKTON, Mo. – Customers of the Stockton Hills Water Company in Cedar County should boil their water until a clean sample is confirmed. A person who answered the phone at the company’s offices said lines were cut by utility workers in three places and her firm is telling customers to boil water before use until […] → Read More

Driver killed in U.S. 65 crash north of Springfield

Emergency services are responding to a crash that occurred on U.S. 65 southbound at mile marker 55.0, before Valley Water Mill Road. According to Ozarks Traffic, traffic is being diverted away from U.S. 65 onto Farm Road 94. → Read More

Missouri K9 unit gets new armor in honor of fallen officer

OREGON COUNTY, Mo. — An Oregon County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy received new body armor thanks to a donation from a nonprofit. K9 Amul was equipped with a bullet- and stab-proof protective vest that was donated from Vested Interest in K9s. The words “In memory of Captain David Dorn, St. Louis, MO- EOW 6/2/20″ are […] → Read More

Over 20 vehicles involved in crash on I-44 near Lebanon

LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. – Auto crashes involving more than 20 vehicles, including passenger cars and tractor-trailer units, have halted eastbound traffic on Interstate 44 north of Lebanon. → Read More

Unidentified body from Monett house fire scheduled for autopsy

MONETT, Mo. — An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday (12/1/22) on the body of a person found in the basement of a burned-out home in Monett on Tuesday. Monett Police Detective Brian Brown said today that the identity of the deceased is undetermined. The cause of the fire reported about 2 p.m. Tuesday on Second […] → Read More

SGF man sentenced to 12 years for murder

A Springfield man who was to stand trial beginning today (11-14-22) has changed his plea and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for second-degree murder in March of 2020. → Read More

Springfield man sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing homeless man

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield man who killed a homeless man in south Springfield in December of 2020 has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. Online court records show Mark Akers, 47, was sentenced Friday (10/21/22) to 23 years on a charge of second-degree murder and seven years for tampering with a motor vehicle […] → Read More

Springfield Police are negotiating with a man who they say hit a patrol car, led officers on a chase

Springfield Police said a man hit a patrol car Thursday afternoon, led officers on a chase and police are now trying to get the man to surrender. → Read More