Sunday, September 25, 2016

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests September 24-25

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

Harold D. Coulter, 36, Springfield
Bradley J. Doke, 26, Joplin

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Branson man airlifted to Mercy, Springfield man also injured in crash near Reeds Spring

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident 9:27 a.m. Friday on Highway V, six miles west of Reeds Spring.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2007 Saturn driven by James S. Reed, 25, Branson, crossed over the center lane and struck a 2008 Toyota Tundra driven by Darrel L. Robbins, 44, Springfield.

Reed was airlifted to Mercy Hospital, Springfield, to be treated for serious injuries. Robbins was treated for serious injuries at Cox South Hospital, Springfield.

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests September 23-24

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

Jimmy R. Jones, 36, Exeter
Frank N. McKenna, 53, Hermitage
Mark A. Arnold, 44, Kirbyville

Friday, September 23, 2016

Agenda posted for special Springfield City Council meeting

A special Springfield City Council session has been called for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday September 27. The agenda is printed below:


 2. Swear In Dr. Thomas Prater to the City Council - ZONE 2.


4. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Council Bill 2016-210. (Stephens)

Due to the Zone 2 Vacancy, This Bill Is Being Republished With New Sponsorship. A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an amended Contract of Obligation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources whereby the City agrees to financially secure the future closure and post-closure care of all currently active and previously completed portions of the City’s Sanitary Landfill by adding $178,304 to its existing Contract of Obligation to account for inflation.


City Council will hold a closed meeting to discuss legal actions, causes of action, litigation, privileged and confidential communications pursuant to Section 610.021 (1), RSMo.; and this meeting, record, and vote shall be closed and the City Council shall stand adjourned at the end of the closed session.

Greene County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

The following petitions for dissolution of marriage were filed this week in Greene County Circuit Court:

Laura Marie Banks vs. Brittaney Brooklynne Banks
Rebecca Marie Draper vs. Michael Eugene Draper
James E. Satterfield vs. Zenna A. Satterfield
Sierra Dawn Mundy vs. Timothy Lee Mundy
Kyle M. Aument vs. Kirastin A. Aument
Chelsea Danae Mann vs. Andrew Clinton Clarence Brown
Robin Nicole Johnson vs. Anthony Loren Johnson
Candice Nicole Wayman vs. Michael Ryan Wayman
Maegan Kensinger vs. Sean Kensinger
Jennifer Sue Grimm vs. Steven Eric Weiner
Michelle R. Roselle-Roberts vs. Nathan A. Roberts
Janet C. Heilman vs. Arthur E. Heilman III
Angela Maria Gomez vs. Michael Dale Gomez
Cody Thomas Kent vs. Emily Jo Kent
Dennis M. Robinson vs. Christina Lynne Robinson
Demetrius Jones vs. Gillian Duran
Sophia Pearl Zaripov vs. Bahtier Zarapov
Donna Lynn Mann vs. Perry Thorton Mann
Sonja Collette Pickett vs. Jason Michael Pickett
Brittany J. Coers vs. Brandon M. Doyle
James H. Arneson vs. Shirley A. Arneson
Miranda L. Royals vs. Timothy B. Royals
Daniel James Gardner vs. Sommer Louise Phillips
Jennifer Eileen Scribner vs. Michael Curtis Scribner
Richelle Lynn Massengale vs. Earl Wayne Massengale
Kristie Nicole Jones vs. Jeremy Waid Jones
Carolyn Beckett vs. Robert Beckett

Lebanon woman injured in two-semi crash on I-44

A Lebanon woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident 8:20 a.m. today on I-44 Westbound at the 75.6 mile marker.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Abdulrehim S. Burshi, 31, Dallas, Texas, veered into the lane in front of a 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Mitch R. Smith, 33, Lebanon, to avoid striking a vehicle that pulled out from the on ramp. The Smith vehicle struck the Burshi vehicle.

A passenger in the Smith vehicle, Tina M. Smith, 40, Lebanon, was treated for moderate injuries at Mercy Hospital, Springfield.

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests September 22-23

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

Rebecca J. Moore, 34, Purdy
Matthew J. Baca, 24, Neosho

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jazz Festival set for Saturday at Park Central Square

(From the City of Springfield)

Springfield, Missouri continues a great season of live music downtown with the 7th Annual Jazz Festival, coming up Saturday at Park Central Square.

The festival includes seven hours of free live music at the Bear State Outdoor Stage on Park Central East, beginning at noon. The lineup promises a variety of grooves from the Missouri State University Jazz Ensembles, the Richard Bruton Quintet, the Arthur Duncan Trio, Kyth Trantham Trio with Kristi Merideth, John Strickler Trio, Hamm/Aho Quartet with Christin Bohrisch and the Missouri Jazz Orchestra (MOJO).

The excitement continues inside the historic Gillioz Theatre at 7:30 p.m., as the Gillioz Center for Arts & Entertainment proudly presents “An Evening with Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock.”

Tickets are $34 - $47.50 and all tickets are reserved seating. Call 417-863-9491 with any questions, or

“We are thrilled to have a musical legend like a Pat Metheny come to Springfield as part of our Jazz Festival,” said City Manager Greg Burris. “In just seven short years, the Springfield Jazz Festival turned into a destination event that we expect to grow in popularity as much as the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.”

Burris said he’s grateful for partners, such as the Gillioz Center for Arts & Entertainment, Bear State Bank, Springfield Regional Arts Council, the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District and Missouri State University for continuing to introduce the Springfield community to a variety of jazz artists every year.

“It’s more than just about the music, Burris explains. “It’s about celebrating the work of great artists, but it’s also about celebrating cultural diversity.”

The Springfield Jazz Festival was an idea springing from the FieldGuide 2030, the community’s strategic plan. The vision for the Global Perspectives & Diversity Chapter is for the Springfield region to become a welcoming community that celebrates our differences by valuing a commitment to service and economic prosperity; through innovation and creativity; with knowledge and leadership; and that improves quality of life for all.

Jazz is a musical art form with African and Western European colonial roots, which dates back to the 19th century. Long before the Civil Rights Act, long before Brown vs. The Board of Education, and long before President Truman's integration of the armed forces, black and white jazz musicians were breaking social taboos in order to share and learn from each other. Experts, in fact, say the creation of jazz was due to a melting pot of sorts: the combination of European musical tradition and African musical tradition.

The Springfield Jazz Festival is a wonderful opportunity for Springfield Public Schools students to be exposed to a variety of professional jazz musicians, said Gwen Marshall, equity and access specialist with the district. This year, select jazz musicians – one from each of the five Springfield public high schools – will be recognized at the festival for their involvement in jazz studies.

“Jazz music moves you, it lifts you, it soothes you, it twirls you around, its rhythm keeps you alive,” Marshall said.

Festival Partners• Bear State Bank
• The Network
• Springfield Regional Arts Council
• It's All
• Springfield Public Schools
• Downtown Springfield Association
• Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
• Missouri State Jazz Studies
• Missouri State Office of Multicultural Programs
• City of Springfield
• Minorities in Business
• Missouri Arts Council.

Hearing held for man accused of murdering MSU professor

Federal antitrust lawsuit filed against KZOL/KOLR owner

A federal anti-trust lawsuit was filed September 2 in U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Nexstar Broadcasting, which owns KOZL and operates KOLR in Springfield and owns KSNF and operates KODE in Joplin.

The government's lawsuit claims that Nexstar's January 16 $4.6 billion purchase of Media General stations creates advertising monopolies in the Roanoke-Lynchburg,Virginia, Terre Haute, Indiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Davenport, Iowa-Rock Hill/Moline, Illnois markets.

The situation is particularly egregious in the Terre Haute market, where Nexstar already owned one station, has the same arrangement with a Mission Broadcasting station that it has in Springfield and Joplin. Adding the Media General station will give Nexstar 100 percent of the broadcast television advertising market, according to the petition.

If consummated, the proposed acquisition would eliminate the substantial head-to-head competition that currently exists between Nexstar and Media General and likely result in (1) higher prices for broadcast television spot advertising in each of the DMA Markets; and (2) higher licensing fees for the retransmission of broadcast television programming to MVPD subscribers in each of the DMA Markets.  

The lawsuit also notes that the sale would cause problems during negotiation of retransmission contracts, where cable and satellite companies could be threatened with the loss of programming from two major networks

Of course, that situation already exists in both the Joplin and Springfield areas with Nexstar controlling KSNF and KODE and Saga Broadcasting controlling KOAM and KFJX in Joplin and Nexstar controlling KOLR and KZOL and Gray Television owns KYTV and operates Schurz Communications KSPR.