Thursday, April 27, 2017

Report: Crime up 17 percent in Springfield during first quarter

(From the Springfield Police Department)

During the first quarter of 2017, SPD reported an overall increase in crime by 17 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics from January through March 2016, and is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report.

Crimes against persons (violent crime) actually decreased by 4 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016, due to nearly 50 fewer reported aggravated assaults – however, this was offset by the fact that property crime increased by about 20 percent. There were notable rises in reported larcenies and vehicle thefts. About one third of larcenies reported are due to criminals stealing items from inside vehicles. These stolen items are often in plain sight and even unlocked vehicles, making the crime tempting and easily committed by the criminal. Vehicle thefts increased by 77 percent during the first quarter of 2017. These reports include thefts of not just cars and trucks, but scooters, motorcycles, ATVs and golf carts as well.

The Quarterly Public Safety Report also features information about the Department’s new patrol squad that went into service in January to assist with Center City’s high call volume experienced during the late afternoon and early evenings on weekdays.

The SPD began publishing the Quarterly Public Safety Report in October 2013 to increase awareness about public safety issues in the community. In addition to providing crime statistics, the report provides information on innovative programs and highlights of crime prevention strategies.

Six candidates left for Springfield City Council open General Seat D

(From the City of Springfield)

Springfield City Council has narrowed down the field of applicants for Council’s open General Seat D to six finalists after an electronic meeting Wednesday, April 26. The position became available after Ken McClure won the mayor's seat during the April 4, 2017 election.

Interviews are being scheduled for 1 p.m. May 9. It is anticipated City Council will vote immediately following. A candidate must receive five or more votes from council members to be appointed.

The new council member will serve until the next City Council election in April 2019.

The list of finalists includes:

Scott Bailes

Diana Day

Kent Hyde

Richard Ollis

Jane Sellars

Isabelle Jimenez Walker

Road closures set as improvements to BNSF Railroad crossing begin

(From the City of Springfield)

Various road closures will take place on Bennett Street between Enterprise Avenue and Lone Pine Avenue beginning May 1 as construction begins on improvements to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad crossing east of Enterprise Avenue.

The project will involve the lowering of the train tracks by 12-18 inches and the raising of the of the approach on the east side of the tracks in an effort to improve sight distance issues causing safety concerns at the Enterprise Avenue intersection. New ADA compliant sidewalks will be added as well as improvements to the storm sewer system.

This project has been accelerated through a cost share partnership between the City of Springfield and the BNSF Railway Company. The City’s portion will total approximately $100,000 and it will be funded from the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.

Closure details are as follows:

• Bennett Street will close 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily, between Enterprise Avenue and Lone Pine Avenue beginning Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4 for utility relocations prior to the start of construction.

• Bennett Street will close at the BNSF Railroad Crossing, just east of Enterprise Avenue, beginning 8 a.m. Monday, May 8 through Saturday, June 3 (weather permitting) as construction on the improvement project begins.

Heavy rainfall, significant threat of flooding for Springfield area beginning Friday night

Threat for a Significant Flooding Event Increasing for Friday
Night into the Weekend...

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Including the cities of Fort Scott, Pawnee Station, Chicopee,
Lone Oak, Pittsburg, Baxter Springs, Lowell, Riverton, Columbus,
Neutral, Sherwin, Stippville, Warsaw, Whitakerville, Cole Camp,
Crockerville, Mora, Edmonson, Lincoln, Versailles, Rocky Mount,
Stover, Laurie, Aurora Springs, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Vichy, NEVADA,
Tiffin, Appleton City, Johnson City, Weaubleau, Hermitage,
Quincy, Wheatland, Cross Timbers, Osage Beach, Camdenton,
Decaturville, Roach, Village of Four Seasons, Fort Leonard Wood,
Laquey, Waynesville, Northwye, Rolla, Kenoma, Lamar,
Cedar Springs, El Dorado Springs, Filley, Arnica,
Caplinger Mills, Stockton, Bolivar, Buffalo, Charity, Foose,
March, Plad, Windyville, Olive, Lynchburg, Lebanon, Plato, Roby,
Bendavis, Huggins, Lake Spring, Bangert, Darien, Gladden, Howes,
Jadwin, Salem, Joplin, Carthage, Greenfield, Lockwood, Meinert,
Springfield, Marshfield, Northview, Seymour, Rogersville, Dawson,
Graff, Mountain Grove, Duncan, Mansfield, Neosho, Aurora,
Mount Vernon, Marionville, Nixa, Christian Center, Ozark,
Selmore, Vanzant, Ava, Goodhope, Rome, Squires, Dogwood, Pomona,
Pottersville, Siloam Springs, South Fork, West Plains,
White Church, Teresita, Winona, Birch Tree, Montier, Anderson,
Noel, Goodman, South West City, Pineville, Rocky Comfort, Monett,
Madry, Cassville, Kimberling City, Crane, Elsey, Indian Point,
Silver Dollar City, Branson, Hollister, Kirbyville,
Edgewater Beach, Forsyth, Ozark Beach, Powersite, Wasola, Thayer,
Alton, Couch, Greer, Thomasville, and Wilderness
847 PM CDT Thu Apr 27 2017

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of southeastern Kansas and Missouri, including the
  following areas, in southeast Kansas, Bourbon, Cherokee, and
  Crawford. In Missouri, Barry, Barton, Benton, Camden, Cedar,
  Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Hickory,
  Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, McDonald, Miller,
  Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Shannon,
  St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright.

* From Friday evening through Sunday evening

* Periods of thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall will occur
  from Friday night through Sunday. Storm total rainfall amounts
  from 3 to 6 inches are expected, with localized amounts of 8
  inches or more likely. It is still unclear where the heaviest
  rainfall will occur...although at this time the most probable
  axis of highest precipitation amounts will be along and south
  of the interstate 44 corridor.

* With soils already saturated as well as creeks, streams, and
  rivers running high, the potential for widespread and
  significant flooding is becoming increasingly likely for
  portions of the Missouri Ozarks. Flooding of some creeks,
  rivers, and low water crossings could last for several days
  after the rain ends. Areas that don`t normally flood could flood
  in this event.

Some main stem rivers that will experience significant rises and
potential flooding include the Elk, Spring, James, Big Piney,
Gasconade, Jacks Fork, Current, Eleven Point, Osage, and
Marmaton.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

End-of-year activities planned for Springfield seniors

(From Springfield Public Schools)

Springfield Seniors are invited to attend a number of end-of-year activities at their high school. See how the Class of 2017 is celebrating below.

Central High School

Activity Date and Time Location
Prom Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:30pm Pythian Castle
Baccalaureate Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm Central Assembly of God
Night of Honors Thursday, April 20, 2017 CHS Auditorium
Memories Assembly Friday, April 28, 2017 am CHS Auditorium
Commencement Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:30pm JQH Arena
Project Graduation Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:30pm Drury University

Glendale High School

Activity Date and Time Location
Prom Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:30pm Pythian Castle
Baccalaureate Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm Central Assembly of God
Night of Honors Senior Recognition May 8, 2017 8:00am GHS Auditorium
Memories Assembly Monday, May 8, 2017 at 9:30am GHS Auditorium
Commencement Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:00pm JQH Arena
Project Graduation Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:30pm Hammons Student Center

Hillcrest High School

Activity Date and Time Location
Prom Frday, April 21, 2017 Double Tree
Baccalaureate Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm Central Assembly of God
Day of Honors Friday, May 5, 2017 Hillcrest Auditorium
Memories Assembly Friday, May 5, 2017 Hillcrest Auditorium
Commencement Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00pm JQH Arena
Project Graduation Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:30pm Chesterfield Family Center

Kickapoo High School

Activity Date and Time Location
Prom Friday, April 21, 2017 at 9:00pm White River Conference Center
Baccalaureate Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm Central Assembly of God
Night of Honors
Memories Assembly Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 8:15am Main Gym
Commencement Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8:30pm JQH Arena
Project Graduation Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:30pm Foster Recreaton Center

Parkview High School

Activity Date and Time Location
Prom Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:00pm Pythian Castle
Baccalaureate Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm Central Assembly of God
Night of Honors N/A
Memories Assembly Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00pm Parkview High School
Commencement Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 9:00pm JQH Arena
Project Graduation Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:30pm Doling Recreation Center

Agenda posted for Tuesday Springfield City Council lunch meeting

Springfield City Council Lunch 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:00 p.m. 
Busch Municipal Building – 4th Floor Conference Room 840 N. Boonville Avenue 

TENTATIVE AGENDA

1. Follow-up from City Council meeting of May 1, 2017

2. Budget Workshop – David Holtmann and Greg Burris

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

Missing Springfield woman found at Joplin medical facility

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Update: Wendy Stacey was located at a medical facility in Joplin, Mo.

Original release: The Springfield Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Wendy Stacey, a white female, age 20, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 203 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, with a scar on her right ear.

She was last seen just before 11 a.m. on April 25 at an apartment in the 1000 block of W. Norton Road wearing a gray shirt, pink tank top, jeans and sandals. Stacey is legally blind, bipolar and suffers from PTSD.

Anyone seeing the missing person or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.

Cleanups of Doling and Bradfork Park neighborhood canceled

(From the City of Springfield)

Due to the threat of severe weather this weekend, Doling and Bradford Park's neighborhood cleanups are canceled and will be rescheduled for sometime in May. 

The safety of the residents of these neighborhoods and the volunteers who assist with the cleanups is of utmost concern. We apologize for any inconvenience and will communicate the rescheduled dates as soon as possible.

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests April 26-27

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

Matthew R. Hays, 22, Anderson
Miguel L. Martinez Guzman, 31, Springfield
Daniel L. Tice, 56, Springfield
Christopher J. Egland, 21, Austin, Texas
Joshua P. Thomas, 39, Neosho
Shawn D. Davis, 36, Lampe

Endangered person advisory issued for Springfield woman

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Update: Wendy Stacey was located at a medical facility in Joplin, Mo.

The Springfield Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Wendy Stacey, a white female, age 20, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 203 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, with a scar on her right ear.

She was last seen just before 11 a.m. on April 25 at an apartment in the 1000 block of W. Norton Road wearing a gray shirt, pink tank top, jeans and sandals. Stacey is legally blind, bipolar and suffers from PTSD.

Anyone seeing the missing person or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.