Monday, August 29, 2016

Portion of Catalpa Street to close this week

(From City of Springfield)

Catalpa Street at the MNA railroad crossing west of Kansas Expressway will be closed starting Tuesday, Aug. 30-Thursday, Sept. 1, weather permitting, to begin work for the replacement of the existing railroad crossing and roadway surfaces. 

Drivers are advised to use an alternate route.

Four Springfield street closed overnight for paving

(From the City of Springfield)

The following streets will be closed overnight beginning Monday, Aug. 29 through Thursday, Sept. 1 for milling and paving of the street surfaces:

East Division Street from North National Avenue to North Mayfair Avenue.
North National Avenue from East Pythian Street to East Brower Street.
North Hampton Avenue from East Central Street to East Pythian Street.
South Campbell Avenue from Sout South Avenue to East Primrose Street.

Closures will begin at 7 p.m. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for posted signage and flagmen.

Two injured in accident on U. S. 60

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident 11:45 a.m. today on U. S. 60, two miles east of Springfield.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Jim F. Pope, 77, Ozark, failed to yield while crossing U. S. 60 and was struck by a 1988 Ford F-250 driven by Dalayna A. Baird, 21, Ava.

Pope was treated for minor injuries at Mercy Hospital, Springfield. Baird was treated for minor injuries at Cox South Hospital, Springfield.

Springfield police looking for endangered, possibly suicidal missing person

(From the Springfield Police Department)

The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of a missing and endangered person and is asking for the public’s assistance. Lanny D. Jackson, 70, went missing from his home in the 1900 block of E. Ridgewood Dr. in Springfield as of 11 a.m. Aug. 27. Jackson left in a silver Toyota Highlander (MO license plates, YG6P6Y).

Jackson is on medication and may be considered suicidal. He is 6 feet 1 inch, weighs 220 pounds, and has gray hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Whiteheads of Ash Grove honored during Farm Family Day at Missouri State Fair

(From University of Missouri Extension)

Rick and Brenda Whitehead and family of Ash Grove were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Whitehead family was selected as the Greene County Missouri Farm Family by the Greene County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes their daughters Angela Perusse and Carrisa Thomas and grandchildren too.

Each year, the state fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The Whitehead family operates a successful hog operation south of Ash Grove and has been showing hogs at the Ozark Empire Fair for 40 years. The Whitehead's children and grandchildren have been actively involved as members and leaders in 4-H Clubs and FFA. The Whiteheads themselves have also been very involved in the Ash Grove 4-H Youth Fair for 30 years.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.
This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.
The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state.

"These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension," said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. "As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families."

Agenda posted for Springfield City Council Tuesday lunch meeting


TO: All Members of City Council


PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens may speak. May be voted on. Council Bill 2016-207. (Hosmer) A special ordinance amending Special Ordinance No. 26744 and Special Ordinance No. 26745, passed by the City Council on June 13, 2016, to reflect the final determination of the Greene County Assessor of the assessed valuation by levying a tax on real and personal property for current expenses and the debt retirement of the City of Springfield, Missouri, and its boards and agencies for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017, and declaring an emergency.

CLOSED SESSION. City Council will hold a closed meeting to discuss legal actions, causes of action, litigation, privileged and confidential communications pursuant to Section 610.021 (1), RSMo.; and hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of particular employees pursuant to Section 610.021 (3) RSMo.; and this meeting, record, and vote shall be closed and the City Council shall stand adjourned at the end of the closed session.

SAID MEETING SHALL BE HELD beginning at 12:45 p.m. or immediately following Council Lunch, Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott St., Springfield, Missouri.

Seymour man cited for DWI after rear-ending dump truck near Springfield

A Seymour was charged with driving while intoxicated following a two-vehicle accident 11:15 p. m. Sunday on U.S. 160, a half mile east of Springfield.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1990 Nissan Stanza driven by Michael D. Stentz, 40, Seymour, struck the rear of a 1973 Kenworth dump truck driven by Alvin M. Shchudy, 50, Norwood.

Stentz, who was treated for serious injuries at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, was also charged with following too closely.

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests August 28-29

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

Michael D. Stentz, 40, Seymour
Hannah D. Irvin, 20, Neosho
Justin S. Stafford, 30, Mansfield

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests August 27-28

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

Paul T. Hankins, 72, Fremont, Michigan
Lawrence W. Ross, 22, Joplin
Fernando Donjuan-Garcia, 47, Springfield
Kathryn A. Baxter, 40, Monett
Rene Nunez, 45, Fairview
Martiniano Rueda, 33, Monett
Jeffrey T. Welch, 38, Battlefield
Arthur D. Mudd, 48, Nixa
Clark A. Broyles, 25, Exeter
Josie M. McGrane, 45, Shell Knob
Stephanie E. Bridgewater, 40, Webb City

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Springfield teen runs over, kills man in wheelchair

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Springfield police officers were dispatched to the area of Sunshine Avenue and Seiger Street for a motor vehicle crash at 12:58 a.m. on Aug. 27. 

The initial investigation determined that a white 2006 Hummer H3, operated by Jordan Neely-Smith, 17, of Springfield, was traveling eastbound on Sunshine and then entered the parking lot located at 3121 E. Sunshine where it struck a male who was in a wheelchair. 

The vehicle then continued across Seiger Street after striking other objects at 3121 E. Sunshine and objects at 3147 E. Sunshine before coming to a final stop. 

The male, later identified as Kendrick A. Johnson, 39, of Springfield, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries received in the crash. Johnson’s next of kin have been notified.

The Springfield Police Department's Traffic Section is conducting the ongoing investigation and will be awaiting laboratory results to determine if drugs and/or alcohol were a contributing factor in the crash.