Thursday, January 23, 2020

Six Galena residents injured in one-vehicle crash

Six Galena residents were injured in a one-vehicle accident 7 p.m. today on Camp Clark Hill one mile north of Galena

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2003 Lincoln Aviator driven by Jessica C. Johnson, 39, Galena, ran off the roadway and struck a fence and two trees.

Johnson was treated for serious injuries at Cox South Hospital.

Five passengers, Jonathan Johnson, 17, Glenville W. Rohrbaugh, 32, 13 and 16-year-old juvenile girls and an 11-year-old juvenile male were treated for minor injuriees at Cox South.

Highway Patrol Arrests January 22-23

Travis Bosserman, 41, Springfield, felony Greene County warrants for passing a bad check, fraud

Timothy B. Watters, 24, Marshfield, misdemeanor possession of marijuana

Melissa M. Deckard, 50, Tulsa, Oklahoma, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia

Elissa M. Griffin, 22, Cassville, receiving stolen property, speeding, no driver's license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle

Aaron L. Miller, 39, Cassville, misdemeanor receiving stolen property

Jason R. Marlin, 39, Marshfield, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, failure to signal, speeding

Ryan D. Johnson, 45, Reeds Spring, felony Greene County warrant for non-support.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Construction of apartment building at 505 E. St. Louis to affect traffic for next two years

(From the City of Springfield)

Construction of an apartment building at 505 E. St. Louis will require the following traffic and parking impacts in downtown Springfield beginning Monday, Jan. 27 and lasting for the duration of the project, expected to last two years:

• Along St. Louis Street, directly south of the development site, parallel parking stalls on both sides of the roadway will be eliminated. Two-way driving lanes will be narrowed and shifted south. Sidewalks on the north side of the roadway will be closed and pedestrians directed to use sidewalks on the south side.

• Directly north of the development site, bike lanes along Trafficway Street will be closed and two-way traffic lanes narrowed and shifted north. Sidewalks on the south side of Trafficway will be closed and pedestrian traffic directed to use sidewalks on the north side of the roadway.

• The short stretch of Benton Avenue, located directly west of the project site between Trafficway Street and St. Louis Street, will be reduced to one-way, southbound traffic only. Sidewalks on both sides of the roadway will be closed and pedestrians advised to seek an alternate route. U.S. Bank will remain accessible from the north via Trafficway Street only.

• Three bus stops located along St. Louis and Trafficway will be relocated and bus routes will be rerouted for the duration of the project. Visit for updates on impacts to bus service.

All businesses in the area will remain open and accessible. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution when traveling near the work site.

Further traffic impacts may be required throughout the duration of construction. Notice will be provided to the public as early as possible.

Highway Patrol Arrests January 21-22

Traci D. Aronis, 50, Springfield, felony Greene County warrant for possession with intent to distribute, misdemeanor Greene County warrant for speeding, no seat belt

Gary A. Starks, 49, Springfield, felony Greene County warrant for domestic assault, no valid driver's license, failure to register motor vehicle, no seat belt, no insurance

Micheal G. Bulk, 48, Sabetha, Kansas, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

Teresa A. Keeling, 50, Niangua, felony Webster County warrant for possession of drugs, driving while intoxicated

Joshua G. Knapton, 29, Rogersville, two felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender (offense involving child under 14), no insurance, failure to display valid plates

Jacob A. Hair, 22, Verona, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, driving while revoked, registration violation, no insurance, no seat belt

Brandon A. Tanksley, 22, Branson West, misdemeanor Branson Police Department warrant for no valid license, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia

Michael A. Maringola, 42, Rogersville, misdemeanor Christian County warrant for failure to appear on registration violation

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Springfield Public Schools to partner with Springfield Little Theatre, foundation to open fine arts magnet school

(From Springfield Public Schools)

Beginning in August 2020, SPS will partner with Springfield Little Theatre and the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools to open the Academy of Fine and Performing Arts magnet school, a unique learning opportunity for 50 fifth-grade students. During its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to further expand choice programming for SPS students. A lottery application process will be announced soon.

"Each year, we hear from parents and students regarding the popularity of our SPS choice programs," said Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. "We appreciate our Board of Education and our community partners, including Springfield Little Theatre and the Foundation for SPS, for making it possible to offer more options to our parents and students. This continued expansion of choice programming is a big win for this community."

"Springfield Little Theatre is thrilled to be able to provide a home for this exciting new opportunity for district fifth-graders. We are honored to partner with Springfield Public Schools and so grateful to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools for its support," said Lorianne Dunn, education director for Springfield Little Theatre.

"It is the goal of the Foundation for SPS to provide educational opportunities through financial support of programs like this one, which not only bring together students, but also our community partners who share a common belief in the power of public education. The Foundation for SPS is proud to support our schools in this way and looks forward to seeing students thrive through exploration of the arts," said Natalie Murdock, executive director of the Foundation.

The Academy of Fine and Performing Arts will be housed inside the Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts at 237 S. Florence Ave. It will include two classrooms, a faculty workroom and use of shared space for the theatre/auditorium, dance rehearsal and fine arts, as well as studios for performance and media production. As part of the agreement, SLT will provide the classroom and performance space, as well as maintenance, custodial, utilities, security and access to staff experts, with the lease funded by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. SPS will provide the instructional and support staff, furniture, fixtures and equipment, as well as curriculum and other instructional materials.

The Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts currently houses nearly 80 classes a week, 10 youth performance troupes, and two performance venues, a 60-seat black box theatre and 140-seat auditorium, providing invaluable opportunities in the arts to hundreds of young people annually.

"Partnering with SPS to offer a fully integrated arts and academic experience is a dream come true for our organization," Dunn said.

The latest magnet school expansion builds upon an ongoing partnership between SPS and SLT. Currently, kindergarten and first-grade students from Wilder Elementary partner with SLT staff to integrate the fine arts in a unit of study. First-grade students experience the Landers Theatre during the "Stories on Stage" Explore course in the summer. All SPS fourth-grade students witness one of their literary studies come to life in a theatrical experience. Finally, all elementary schools are offered the opportunity to experience a traveling series performed for their entire school.

Other new fine arts experiences for SPS students include the Experience SPS partnership with SLT. Third-grade students at Jeffries, Bingham and Twain will participate in a six-week unit of study that culminates in a performance. This collaboration is sponsored, in part, by the Foundation for SPS and began in January 2020.

Springfield sex offender indicted on child pornography charge

A Springfield sex offender is being held in the Greene County Jail following a federal grand jury indictment for receiving child pornography.

According to the indictment, which was unsealed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Victor F. Martin, 35, allegedly received child pornography between April 5, 2019 and September 17, 2019 in Greene County.

Martin was convicted of receiving child pornography in 2006.

Watch the Springfield Board of Education meeting live at 6 p.m.

Monett Police seeking information on tire theft

(From the Monett Police Department)

The Monett Police Department is asking for any information regarding the theft of four rims and tires for a 2015 Dodge Charger Ralley Edition.

The tires are 245/45R20 99V. Taken during the overnight hours Sunday 1/19 to early Monday morning from a vehicle parked in the north part of Monett. 

If you have any information please call the Monett Police Dept. 417-235-4241 or Crime Stoppers 1-888-635-8477. The attached photo is of one of the tires.

Springfield woman sought for probation violation on felony tampering charge

(From Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers)

This week’s featured fugitive is Breannea Dawn Endsley.

Endsley has an active, felony warrant for Probation Violation for 1st Degree Tampering with Motor Vehicle. 

Endsley is a 25 year old white female, and is approximately 5’02” tall, 141 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. 

Endsley is believed to frequent the Springfield - Greene County area, as well as the Branson area. She also uses the alias of Breanna Dawn Guthmiller.

Law enforcement is asking the public for assistance in locating Endsley. 

If have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at 

If anyone sees or locates Endsley, they are also asked to contact 911 immediately and DO NOT ATTEMPT to apprehend her.

Branson man killed in head-on collision on Business 13

A Branson man killed in a two-vehicle crash 3:35 p.m. Monday on Business 13 in Branson West.

According to the Highway Patrol report, Roman G. Hand, 40, Branson, attempted to pass a vehicle and struck a 2016 Jeep Cherokee driven by Mackenzie Duvall, 19, Branson, head on.

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