Thursday, August 17, 2017

Greene County Sheriff's Posse locates missing horses at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

(From the Greene County Sheriff's Office)

Thanks to the Sheriff's Posse of Greene County who helped search for two horses missing since Saturday in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

The horses were spooked by a group of turkeys, tossed their riders then ran into the woods on Saturday afternoon. 

Several volunteer members saddled up this morning to search the area and the two horses were found in good condition earlier this evening.

Lawrence County deputies searching for man, woman following after interrupting burglary

(From the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)

Lawrence County deputies and K9 officers are searching for one man and one woman along Highway 174 heading toward the Billings area after the deputies interrupted a burglary in process in the area of K Highway and Lawrence County Road 2125 just south of Highway 174.

One person is in custody, as is the vehicle the three were traveling in.

Monett man charged with DWI after crashing into signs, bridge

A Monett man was charged with driving while intoxicated following a one-vehicle accident 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Farm Road 2000, one-tenth of a mile west of Monett.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2011 Kia Sol driven by Justin A. Good, 40, Monett, ran off the left side of the road, struck two highway signs and a bridge and came to rest in the ditch.

Good, who was treated for moderate injuries at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, was also cited for failure to maintain a single lane and for not wearing a seat belt.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Federal grand jury indicts former Springfield YMCA employee on child pornography charges

(From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri)

A former Springfield YMCA employee has been indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Benjamin Goodwin, 28, of Springfield, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Goodwin, an employee of the Springfield YMCA at the time of the offense, was arrested this morning.

The federal indictment alleges that Goodwin received and distributed child pornography over the Internet between June 11, 2016, and Aug. 3, 2017.

Larson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Springfield sales tax revenue up

(From the City of Springfield)

The City of Springfield’s August sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 5%, or $135,691, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $2,721,522, compared to the budgeted amount of $2,585,831.

The check reflects sales processed by the state in July from transactions made primarily in June. On a year to date basis, with August being the second month in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, revenues are up 6%.

Compared to the same month last year, monthly revenues are up 10%, or about $240,000.

The July check – the first of the 2017-2018 fiscal year – began a rebound after five months of below-budget sales tax checks. Sales tax revenues were down 10% in June, 4% in May, 5% in April, 8% in March and 4% in February. The City finished the 2016-2017 fiscal year with sales tax revenues down 4% compared to budget.

“It appears much of the backlog of unprocessed vendor remittances noted with the June distribution were processed with the July distribution to the City,” said Finance Director David Holtmann.

The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 56% of revenue in the General Fund comes from sales tax and use tax.

Springfield Police investigating death of three-year-old

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Springfield police were dispatched to 2660 E. Sequiota St. at 10: 12 a.m. on Aug. 14 to investigate the death of a 3-year-old child who was a resident of the home. The child, identified as Jade Chereji, was already deceased prior to officers’ arrival on scene.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the cause of death, and this investigation is ongoing.

Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Springfield Most Wanted- Springfield woman wanted on felony warrants

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Law enforcement is requesting assistance locating wanted person, Desiree Siddens. 

Siddens has multiple outstanding felony warrants. She was also featured at the 2017 Ozark Empire Fair as part of Crime Stoppers Top 15 Most Wanted. 

If you have any information on Siddens' whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS or online at

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Springfield three-year-old falls from boat, suffers head injury at Table Rock Lake

A three-year-old Springfield resident was injured during an accident 3:30 p.m. today at Near Point, three miles east of Branson on Table Rock Lake.

According to the Highway Patrol report, Cruz Garner, 3, a passenger on a 2015 Premiere Pontoon boat driven by David Blackburn, 58, Springfield, fell from a slide on the boat and struck his head on the back deck.

Garner was treated for moderate injuries at Cox Hospital, Branson.

Springfield police investigate officer-involved shooting

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Springfield police officers were dispatched to 1529 N. Marjorie at approximately 6:08 p.m. on Aug. 12 in regards to a male suspect who had called 911 stating he wanted to commit suicide. The suspect also made threats to shoot neighbors and to shoot responding police officers. When officers arrived at the address they established a perimeter around the home and observed the male subject outside the home carrying a rifle.

Officers attempted to speak with the suspect, but he was non-compliant and refused to put down the rifle. The suspect then positioned himself behind a vehicle and pointed the rifle at officers. One officer fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect. Officers then secured the suspect and rendered aid. The suspect was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. His injuries are non-life threatening.

The suspect was identified as Jerry E. Beasley, 43, of Springfield. The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney filed charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and unlawful use of a weapon against Beasley. The bond was set at $40,000. Charges announced herein are merely allegations, and Beasley is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, while the SPD conducts the investigation into the shooting. Once complete, the results of that investigation will also be submitted to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

Detectives continue to investigate the officer involved shooting. Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.

Taney County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

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

Timothy D. Sanders vs. Carmena S. Sanders
Mary P. Johnson vs. Robert Johnson
Heidi Flowers vs. Leopold Trapp
Daphne D. Marshall vs. Andrew S. Marshall
Alisa R. Swofford vs. Jason E. Swofford
Jackie R. Gates vs. Kathleen E. Gates
Aaron A. Oetting vs. Mary J. Oetting
David L. Applegate vs. Victoria A. Applegate
Dianna Graff vs. Lonnie C. Graff, Jr.