Saturday, December 10, 2016

Woman, four-year-old injured in three-vehicle accident on I-44

Two Diamond residents were injured in a three-vehicle accident 2:45 p.m. Friday on I-44 at the 73.8 mile marker in Greene County.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2005 Kia Spectra driven by Valerie M. Felin, 20, Springfield, rear ended a 2013 International truck driven by Timothy J. Morrow, 36, Springfield. The Felin vehicle went around the truck and hit a 2016 Ford Fiesta driven by Gregorio S. Perez, 32, Diamond.

Two passengers in the Perez vehicle, Erica M. Lee, 32, Diamond, and Alexander Perez, 4, Diamond, were treated for minor injuries at Mercy Hospital, Springfield.

Springfield woman injured in two-vehicle accident on Scenic

A Springfield woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident 6:15 p.m. Friday on Scenic Avenue, a half mile south of Springfield.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Patrick G. Buzzard, 56, Springfield, struck the rear of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Amber D. Wilson, 21, Springfield.

Wilson was treated for minor injuries at Mercy Hospital, Springfield.

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests December 8-10

The Missouri Highway Patrol arrested the following people for driving while intoxicated:

Marc A. Brown, 60, Springfield
Dayna J. Davis, 28, Springfield
Mary J. McDaniel, 63, Lone Jack
Brandon B. Packwood, 29, Verona
Livy R. Bales, 38, Camdenton
Michael W. Nevels, 45, Nixa

Friday, December 9, 2016

Springfield Police service dog Terra retires

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Police service dog, Terra, of the Springfield Police Department officially retired from her duties in November due to both her advanced age and the concurrent retirement of her handler, Officer Jeff Ferneau.

Terra, a Belgian Malinois, was born in Holland in 2008 and served the SPD as K9 partner to two officers since 2012. In Terra’s career serving the department, she was deployed 563 times and was responsible for locating 29 people, making 82 narcotics finds and assisting with 77 arrests.

The SPD appreciates the service of Terra to the department and toward the safety of officers as well as the Springfield community. Terra will continue living at the home of retired Officer Ferneau enjoying her retirement years.

Springfield City Council recently approved a $16,000 donation from the Springfield Police Foundation which will fund the purchase of two new police service dogs for the department to replace Terra, as well as Aries, who retired in September 2016.

Seminar scheduled for Springfield Police Department applicants

(From the Springfield Police Department)

The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend an upcoming informational seminar. The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield Road.

Applicants will learn about the entire testing process including the physical agility test, written examination, oral interview, background investigation and post offer exam. It is not mandatory that an applicant attend, but information given during the seminar may prove helpful to them during the testing process.

The next opportunity for police officer testing will be Jan. 6, 2017, and the deadline to apply is Dec. 30. Applications should be submitted online at Additional dates for testing will be added to the SPD’s website throughout the year. For more information, contact Officer Brandon Keene at 417-864-1796 or

Sanitary sewer smoke testing to be performed near Evangel

(From the City of Springfield)

The City of Springfield's Clean Water Services division will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing near Evangel University beginning Monday, Dec. 12.

The sewers being tested lie roughly along Glenstone Avenue between Division Street and Chestnut Expressway. Testing will last one week, weather permitting.

Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers. The smoke testing program is part of the City's $200 million overflow control plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging sewer system over the next 10 years.

Agenda posted for Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Board

Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. Board of Directors will meet at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2005 at the Jordan Valley Car Park, 815 E. St. Louis St.

1. Introductions

2. Recognition of Retiring Board Members

3. Approval of November Meeting Minutes

4. Chairman's Report

5. November Financial Reports

6. Destination Springfield Board Position

7. Revised Salary Ranges

8. 2017 Annual Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards Banquet

9. Convention Complex Report/Tourism Business Improvement District

10. City of Springfield Report

11. Staff Reports

12. Old or New Business

There will be an Executive Committee meeting immediately following the CVB Board Meeting for the purpose of selecting award recipients for the Annual Travel & Tourism Awards Banquet.

Agenda released for Springfield/Branson National Airport Board meeting

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016, 8:00 A.M. 


Statistical Summary for November 2016 Financial Data for November 2016

Request approval of minutes from Regular Board Meeting on November 17, 2016

1. Preparations for Winter Operations – Steve Eggers, Operations Supervisor
2. Missouri REAL ID Compliance Issue – Brian Weiler, Director of Aviation
3. Director’s Report – Brian Weiler, Director of Aviation
4. Chair’s Report – Tom Babik, Airport Board Chair
5. Items to be referred to Committee – Board Members may bring up items for consideration to be assigned to a committee for further action
6. Public Comment Period

CLOSED SESSION (ROLL CALL VOTE) The Airport Board will move to hold a closed session to discuss leasing, purchase or sale of real estate where public knowledge might adversely affect the amount paid in the transaction 610.021(2), RSMo., and this meeting, record, and vote to be closed, and the Airport Board meeting shall stand adjourned after this meeting. ADJOURN The next regular scheduled Airport Board meeting wi

Agenda posted for Springfield City Council Tuesday lunch meeting

City Council Lunch
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 
12:00 p.m.
5000 West Kearney St., Suite 120 


1. Follow-up from City Council meeting of December 12, 2016. 

2. Former Airline Terminal Development – Brian Weiler.

3. Any and all matters to come before the City Council

Billy Long: Sanctions an important tool to keep Iran in check

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

In November, I voted in favor of making sure that the American people remain protected from Iran’s threatening behavior by voting for the reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act. Following the House’s vote, the Senate also voted in favor of reauthorizing the sanctions. Both the House and the Senate had overwhelming bipartisan support for this bill.

On a regular basis I receive calls from constituents who share their concerns about Washington’s weak response towards Iran.

With the Obama administration's Iran Nuclear deal, it makes reauthorizing these sanctions even more important.

This bill provides the authority to “snap-back” sanctions on Iran’s energy industry if they rush toward a nuclear weapon, it allows the legislative branch to have the final say on when Iran would get permanent sanctions relief and it extends the Iran Sanctions Act for another 10 years.

Though the bill does not affect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, it allows us to make sure that Iran is being held accountable for their actions. That includes any human rights abuses, state sponsored terrorism or failing to hold up their end of the deal regarding their nuclear weapons program that was agreed to during the JCPOA negations.

Failing to hold up their end of the deal would allow the United States to “snap-back” the sanctions that were once in place before the disastrous JCPOA deal.

If the president vetoes this bill, the sanctions currently in place would expire at the end of the year. This would send a message to the world that the United States condones the immoral behavior of Iran in the Middle East as well as further the damage already done by the Obama administration’s deal.

With a new Congress and new administration, reauthorizing these sanctions will be a fresh start for President-elect Donald Trump to combat Iran’s belligerent actions that have continued to threaten national security all across the world.

To put it simply, reauthorizing these sanctions will be an important tool to keep the Iran regime in check.