Monday, August 10, 2020

Drugs, weapons seized, six arrested including manager as Branson Police execute search warrant at Metropolitan Motel

(From the Branson Police Department)

The Branson Police Department arrested six people and discovered drugs and money counterfeiting operations while serving a search warrant on multiple rooms at the Metropolitan Motel, located at 300 Schaefer Dr, on Sunday, August 9, 2020 around 5:30 a.m.

Branson Police developed information from proactive enforcement efforts that led to this search warrant. 

The Branson Police Department along with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Team served this search warrant. 

A wide assortment of drugs and firearms were seized along with evidence of a counterfeiting operation. The Secret Service, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Branson Police are assisting with this investigation.

Six people, including a member of the motel management, were arrested on a variety of charges and transported to the Taney County Jail. 

Branson Police are communicating with the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and Missouri Probation and Parole on the charges.

This investigation aligns with the City’s efforts to hold motel management accountable for safe lodging. As a result of this investigation, a comprehensive review of the motel’s business license and inspection records is being conducted.

Springfield residents injured, one seriously, after car struck by hit-and-run driver

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident 1:09 p.m. Sunday on South Charleston Avenue at East Swallow Street in southern Springfield.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Isaiah C. Meyers, 23, Springfield, was attempting to make a left turn when a 2015 Ford F-150 struck it causing it to skid off the left side of the roadway then struck a large rock on the driver's side.

The pickup driver fled the scene.

A passenger, Kaleb L. Davenport, 22, Springfield, was treated for serious injuries and Meyers for minor injuries at Cox South Hospital, Springfield.

Reeds Spring pedestrian struck, killed by hit-and-run driver on 413

A Reeds Spring man was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle while apparently walking in the roadway 3:30 a.m. Sunday on MO 413, two miles south of Galena.

According to the Highway Patrol report, Brandon Small, 43, Reeds Spring, was pronounced dead at the scene by Stone County Coroner John Cunnyngham at 4:45 a.m.

The fatality was the 68th this year for Highway Patrol Troop D. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Shell Knob woman killed, Aurora woman airlifted to Mercy following collision on 39

One person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle collision 3:05 p.m. Saturday on MO 39, three miles north of Jenkins.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2012 Nissan Sentra driven by Lori R. Cupp, 42, Shell Knob, crossed the center line and a struck a 2014 Ford Edge driven by Tracy L. Periman, 51, Aurora.

Cupp was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:35 p.m. by the Barry County Coroner.

Periman was airlifted to Mercy Hospital, Springfield, to be treated for serious injuries.

The fatality was the 67th this year for Highway Patrol Troop D.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Springfield Public Schools to provide school supplies for all students in grades PreK-5

(From Springfield Public Schools)

Springfield Public Schools is pleased to announce that it will provide school supplies for all 12,500 PreK-5 students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. These supplies will be packaged together and available for both in-person and virtual learning options.

For students enrolled in the in-person learning option, supplies will be ready for them on their first day in the classroom. 

For students enrolled in the virtual learning option, SPS will follow up with families soon to provide details on when and where to pick up supplies for learning at home. 

"With our families facing so much uncertainty as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SPS chose to take this step to provide additional resources and support," said Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent. 

"As we prepare to resume learning on August 24, we want our families to know we care about them and we are committed to serving them during these especially challenging times. The packaging of supplies for each student also supports our re-entry health guidelines, which limit the sharing of items as part of appropriate social distancing."

Supplies to be provided by SPS include the following:

PreK-Grade 2
1 school supply box
1 24-pack of sharpened pencils
3 composition notebooks (writing, reading & math)
2 glue sticks
1 bottle of liquid glue
1 pair of scissors
1 box of 24 crayons
1 pink eraser
1 8-pack of washable markers
4 pocket folders

Grades 3-5
1 school supply box
1 24-pack of sharpened pencils
1 pencil sharpener
1 12-pack of colored pencils
3 composition notebooks (writing, reading & math)
2 glue sticks
1 bottle of liquid glue
1 pair of scissors
1 pink eraser
1 8-pack of washable markers
4 pocket folders

Supplies already purchased by families may be utilized for at-home learning. If families want to purchase other specific items, those may also be used in the home setting.
About Ready, Set, Supply!

Last year, almost 70 community partners collaborated with Springfield Public Schools to equip over 7,000 under-resourced students with specific, high-quality school supplies. To prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, the Ready, Set, Supply! initiative added disposable face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to the list of needed supplies. This initiative remains critically important, as donated supplies will be used to supplement the resources provided by SPS. For more information on how to contribute to Ready, Set, Supply!, call 523-0315 or email

I-44 interchange ramps west of Springfield to be closed

(From MODOT)

MoDOT TRAFFIC ALERT: I-44 Interchange Ramps CLOSED at Night West of Springfield August 10-13

What: I-44 on and off ramps CLOSED at Greene County Routes PP/K and Greene County Route N/T interchanges (Mile Marker 61 & 67, respectively) west of Springfield

10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, August 10: I-44 ramps at Greene County Route PP/K interchange CLOSED

10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 11: I-44 ramps at Greene County Route N/T interchange CLOSED

10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, August 12: Ramps at either interchange could be closed if work is not completed Monday and Tuesday nights 

(Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule)

Why: Contractor crews paving ramps at both interchanges

Traffic Impacts 

-Drivers will not be able to enter or exist from interchanges where crews are working

-Drivers can reach their destinations by using interchanges in the area including Greene County Route MM/B or Missouri Route 360

-Drivers urged to find alternate routes

Details: Work is part of a larger project to resurface I-44, lengthen interchange ramps and install new guardrail between a point east of Missouri Route 96 (Mile Marker 58) and Missouri Route 266/Chestnut Expressway (Mile Marker 72) west of Springfield.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Springfield man sentenced to 12 years on child pornography charges, grabbed 14-year-old girl's buttocks at Kum & Go

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

A Springfield, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for downloading and distributing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography over the internet.

Rusty J. Rose, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Rose to 15 years of supervised release following incarceration, and ordered him to pay $12,000 in restitution to his victims.

On Nov. 20, 2019, Rose pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography.

On July 24, 2018, law enforcement received a Cybertipline Report of a video of child pornography uploaded to Rose’s Google account. While officers were investigating the report, Rose assaulted a 14-year-old girl by grabbing her buttocks in a Kum & Go gas station in Springfield on Aug. 13, 2018. 

On Sept. 27, 2018, law enforcement received another Cybertipline Report of images of child pornography uploaded to Rose’s Tumblr account. On the same day, law enforcement received additional Cybertipline Reports of child pornography videos uploaded to Rose’s Sendvid account and distributed to other users.

On Nov. 21, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Rose’s residence. Officers seized Rose’s cell phone and a Samsung tablet they found under the sink in the bathroom. During a forensic examination of Rose’s tablet investigators found 95 images and eight video files of child pornography, 633 image and 73 video files containing material that is sexually exploitative of children, and one image and one video file containing bestiality. On Rose’s cell phone, investigators found 35 images of child pornography, 590 images of children being sexually exploited, and one image and 11 video files of bestiality. In Rose’s Mega account, which was accessed through his cell telephone, investigators found 593 images and 680 videos of child pornography, 1,070 images and 297 videos of children being sexually exploited, and one image and 11 videos of rape and/or bondage.

Also found in Rose’s Mega account was a folder titled “neighbor yng girls.” That folder contained images and videos of children in Rose’s neighborhood, which appear to have been created from Rose’s garage or behind a parked vehicle in his driveway. In another folder titled “pool,” there were images and videos of children at Rose’s neighborhood pool.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nhan D. Nguyen. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Republic teen flown to Cox South after being thrown from boat on Table Rock Lake

A Republic teen was injured in a boating accident 2:50 p.m. Sunday at Fisher Creek Cove on Table Rock Lake.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2002 Sea Doo driven by Austin W. O'Hara, 17, Republic, jumped the wake of another vessel and became airborne, ejecting O'Hara, who then was struck by the vessel.

O'Hara was airlifted to Cox South Hospital with serious injuries.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Merriam Woods couple seriously injured in motorcycle accident, husband airlifted to Mercy Springfield

A Merriam Woods couple were injured in a motorcycle accident 7:25 a.m. today on Route F, three miles north of Branson.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Brandan Ketterman, 49, Merriam Woods, lost control on a curve, went off the right side of the way, struck a guardrail and ejected Ketterman and a passenger, his wife Crystal Ketterman, 46.

Brandan Ketterman was airlifted to Mercy Springfield with serious injuries.

Crystal Ketterman was treated for serious injuries at Mercy.