Saturday, October 22, 2016

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests October 21-22

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

Patrick W. McIntyre, 27, Springfield
Humberto Garcia-Romero, 25, Joplin
Bruce B. Kellett, 55, Rockaway Beach
Samal D. Ferrugia, 39, Springfield
Chris A. Replogle, 38, Lenexa, Kansas
Brian C. Kellett, 46, Rogersville
Terry D. Mitchell, 67, Carthage

Friday, October 21, 2016

Packets for Springfield City Council candidates available beginning Monday

(From the City of Springfield)

Those interested in running for City Council on the April 4, 2017 municipal election ballot can begin the process at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 by picking up information packets and petitions for signatures from the City Clerk’s office on the fourth floor of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville. The clerk’s office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The candidate filing period begins at 8 a.m., Dec. 5, 2016 and ends at 5 p.m., Jan. 17, 2017.
Packets may be downloaded at starting Monday, however, petition forms must be picked up in person in the City Clerk’s Office, at which time the candidate will declare the seat for which they are running.
Open Seats
• Mayor (currently occupied by Bob Stephens)
• General A (currently occupied by Jan Fisk)
• General B (currently occupied by Craig Hosmer)
• Zone 1 (currently occupied by Phyllis Ferguson)
• Zone 2 (currently occupied by Dr. Tom Prater, who was selected by Council in September to fill the seat vacated by Justin Burnett)
• Zone 4 (currently occupied by Craig Fishel).
Important Dates
• Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 (8 a.m.) – Filing begins
• Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 (5 p.m.) – Filing ends
• Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 – Ballot certified to Greene County
• Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Election.
• Must be a registered voter in the city of Springfield
• Must have been a resident of the city of Springfield for at least two years
• If running for a Zone Council seat, in addition to the two years residency in the city limits, must have lived in the respective zone for one year immediately preceding election.
• Must not be disqualified under RsMO 115.306.1 (federal or felony conviction)
• Must not be disqualified under RsMO 115.306.2 (1) (delinquent taxes)
• Must have completed and filed form 5120 per RsMO 115.306.2 (2).
• Mayor - Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 200 registered voters in the city limits of Springfield. 
• General C – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 200 registered voters in the city limits of Springfield. 
• General D – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 200 registered voters in the city limits of Springfield. 
• Zone 1 – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 100 registered voters in Zone 1. 
• Zone 2 – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 100 registered voters in Zone 2.
• Zone 4 – Clerk’s office must certify the signatures of 100 registered voters in Zone 4.

No more USA Weekend in Springfield News-Leader

Citing rising costs and declining advertising sales, Gannett is shutting down its weekend supplement, USA Weekend, which appears in its newspapers, including the Springfield News-Leader.

The final edition will be printed December 28.

Greene County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

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

Robert O. Gass vs. Christina M. Gass
Milton Charles Duffield vs. Sandra Lou Duffield
Michelle Kay Dale vs. Daniel Leon Dale
David M. Smith vs. Megan R. Smith
Joseph Mitchell Barness vs. Ruby Diana Barness
John W. Harris vs. Samantha J. Harris
Justin Keef Mangan vs. Nicole Elizabeth Finfrock
Melinda Jeanne Blanton vs. Page Blanton
Travis Alan Flasschoen vs. Melissa Dawn Flasschoen
Brittany Cardwell vs. Michael James Cardwell, Sr.
Cassidy N. Cetola vs. Cody J. Cetola
Emily M. Turner vs. Mathew D. Turner
Twila Jo Graves vs. Darrell Wesley Graves
Amanda Lanae Climer vs. Lance Benjamin Climer
Cindy McIntosh vs. Shane McIntosh
Ashley D. Brown vs. Justin K. Brown
Mary Aileen Brewer vs. Gregory Lee Brewer
Leonor L. Clore vs. Stephen M. Clore
Crystal Burk vs. David Burk
Kevin Thomas Michael Kane vs. Brittany Michelle Kane
Stori Nicole Hagewood vs. Kyle Scott Hagewood
Jason E. Tittsworth vs. Sarah C. Tittsworth
Lori Ann Mathis vs. Billy Jack Mathis

Victim in fatal Springfield fire identified

(From the Springfield Fire Department)

The medical examiner has positively identified the victim of Wednesday night's fatal fire as 81-year-old Billie L. Best. Firefighters were called to the home on the 2500 block of North Boonville around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday. Best was immobile and restricted to a bed in the living room which may have impeded her ability to escape from the home. The fire cause is undetermined at this time pending the medical examiner's report, but it does appear to be accidental in cause.

The total damage to the home was $40,000. There were no working smoke alarms and no residential sprinkler system in the home.

Billy Long: We live in a country of laws, not executive actions

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

This summer, the Supreme Court of the United States heard United States v. Texas. This case involved the executive actions President Obama took on immigration policy that was later challenged by 26 states, including Texas.

In 2014, Obama expanded his executive actions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and added a new program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). These programs would have allowed almost 4 million additional undocumented immigrants deportation relief as well as work permits.

With both the U.S. District Court, based in Brownsville, Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court, they both said that the administration’s request to start implementing the expansion of DACA and implementation of DACA would not be granted. This case later went on to the Supreme Court of the United States, where there was a 4-4 decision. With the decision being a tie, that meant that the lower court’s decision would be upheld.

The Obama administration once again, after the Supreme Court decision this summer, tried to have the case reheard. In October of this year the Supreme Court denied that request.

I applaud the Supreme Court for their decision this summer and for denying the administration’s request to have this case reheard.

We live in a country of laws, not executive actions.

As a Congressman, my main concern is the people of the 7th District of Missouri and their safety. We can’t continue to have the executive branch sidestep the legislative branch by using executive actions. Congress makes the laws, not the other way around.

By the executive branch taking these egregious actions, this only hurts the chances of immigration reform passing and creates distrust between the American people and the government.

I believe we need immigration reform, but allowing these executive actions to stand could set a dangerous precedent and establish an immigration system that does not secure the border and protect the American people.

Securing the border must take place first, but the president doesn’t seem to understand that.

My hope is that eventually the executive actions will be found unconstitutional. We can’t continue to let the executive branch make the laws. A message needs to be sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and that message is that Congress will be the ones that take action.

Portion of Division Street to be closed for a week

(From the City of Springfield)

Division Street at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad crossing, east of Kansas Expressway, will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 until Monday , Oct. 31, weather permitting. The work will facilitate the replacement of the existing railroad crossing and roadway surfaces. Drivers are advised to use an alternate route.

This project has been accelerated through a cost-share partnership between the City of Springfield and BNSF Railway Company. The City portion will be funded from the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.

Agenda posted for Springfield City Council lunch meeting

Springfield City Council Lunch Meeting
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
12:05 or Immediately Following Council Lunch
Busch Municipal Building
4th Floor Conference Room 840 N. Boonville Avenue


1. Review of the Upcoming October 31, 2016 City Council Meeting Agenda.

2. City Utilities Sewer Billing – Steve Meyer

3. Study of Trash and Recycling Collection – Steve Meyer

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

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests October 20-21

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

Michael E. White, 49, Neosho
Daniel B. McCray, 51, Branson

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Springfield man sentenced for role in $1.1 million investment fraud scheme

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

 A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for a more than $1.1 million investment fraud scheme.
 Christopher Hanson, 54, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to two years and nine months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Hanson to pay $1,134,500 in restitution to his victims.
 On Sept. 14,2015, Hanson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. Hanson, the owner of Hanson Holdings, LLC, admitted that he was responsible for losses that totaled $1,134,500 for three victims of his Ponzi scheme.
 Hanson offered the three victims what he described as “an investment opportunity.” Hanson told two of the victims that he would take their investment monies and purchase a collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO). Hanson claimed that a line of credit would be obtained against the CMO and both victim investors would receive their original investment plus a substantial dividend within months. Hanson told the third victim that he would purchase bonds and securities with his $100,000 investment. Hanson claimed this investment would generate a 250 percent return and that the victim investor would receive double his original investment within 40 weeks.
 Financial records revealed that none of the monies obtained by Hanson or Hanson Holdings from these three investors were used to purchase securities or a CMO as Hanson had promised. Agents determined that Hanson authorized the release of the investors’ monies from his Scottrade Account, ETrade Account, or StockCross Account, into his personal bank accounts. Hanson used the money for personal expenses, to pay off parties unrelated to the investment, or he would use the money to pay off earlier investors who were clamoring for a return of their money.
 According to court documents, Hanson also engaged in an unrelated ongoing fraud in Apple Valley, Minn., for which he faces a civil suit. Hanson also faces state charges in Greene County Circuit Court for a similar, but unrelated, fraud scheme.
 This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation.