Archives for August 2018

Arkansas man facing arson charges in fiery domestic dispute in Branson

An Arkansas man is facing arson charges in a fiery domestic dispute that left a Branson home where his girlfried was hiding engulfed in flames. Wesley Joseph Booth, 48, is being held in the Taney County Jail without bond, in connection to the incident in which he is accused of setting fire to the house on Brown Street after he and his girlfriend had been there to buy methamphetamine, according to the court report, which states four people were inside the home at the time of the fire, all of whom escaped unharmed.
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Rockaway Beach will have to find a new mayor

Rockaway Beach will have to find a new mayor. City Alderman Rex Wood said Friday that Carl High, who was elected as a write-in candidate in April 2017, resigned from his position as mayor Friday morning to spend more time with his business ventures. His term was to run until April 2019. The city’s board of aldermen can appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term. Wood is the mayor pro tem and will perform the mayor’s duties until a new mayor is appointed or elected.
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Few details are being released about an accident in which a pedestrian was killed in Branson Friday night

Few details are being released about an accident in which a pedestrian was killed in Branson Friday night while trying to cross U.S. 65. According to a press release from the city of Branson, the unidentified victim was hit by oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes of highway 65 and 248, but limited information is available pending an investigation of the fatal crash by Branson Police.
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Underwater adventure coming to Branson

A California-based company is looking to bring an underwater adventure to Branson, redeveloping the Grand Palace property into an aquarium. The project, dubbed Aquarium at the Boardwalk, would look to construct an aquarium on the property. The plan was presented to the Branson Board of Aldermen during a Thursday study session. The company has studied the Branson market for three years, and determined an aquarium would have the greatest impact on bringing visitation to the area. Construction should take around 14 months, officials said. The presentation at Thursday’s study session gave a 2020 date as the opening for the aquarium.
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Want to keep track of your childs athletic related injuries? There’s an app for that

Want to keep track of your childs athletic related injuries? There’s an app for that. As high schools around the Ozarks begin their quest for a state championship Friday night this year several Ozarks high schools are using an app to help track their athletes injuries, and is intended to make sure worried parents are in the loop. The app lists the player’s physical well being, emergency contact list, and allergies, as well as gives real time updates if an athlete gets hurt.
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MSU on high alert after sexual assault

SPRINGFIELD, Mo – A public safety alert issued at Missouri State University this week has locals on high alert. Police say a man driving on Kimbrough inappropriately touched a student Tuesday, and a Springfield woman was walking to her car on Glenstone and was followed by a man Tuesday. She posted on Facebook to warn the community. Police reports were filed in both cases and they remain under investigation by Springfield Police.
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Laxed pollution guidelines for coal-plants could be deadly

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Trump’s overhaul of pollution guidelines for coal-burning power plants could be deadly. That’s according to new information released by the federal government which says that an increase in coal dust will cause respiratory and heart problems. Locally, City Utilities only operates one coal plant as a ‘back-up’ to renewable energy sources. By next year, coal will account for less than 30 percent of all energy used by City Utilities in an effort to save lives, officials said.
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Elderly Forsyth woman injured in two car crash identified

The elderly Forsyth woman injured in a two vehicle accident in Newton County Tuesday afternoon has been identified. Police say 85-year-old Elizabeth Haynes was a passenger in a car that was hit by a pickup that failed to yield at an intersection on Highway 60. Haynes and the drivers of the two vehicles were all taken to an area Hospital.
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There may be more victims connected to a fake Uber driver facing sexual abuse charges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Prosecutors believe there may be more victims connected to a fake Uber driver facing multiple sexual abuse charges. So far, two women say Tyson Fairley pretended to be an Uber or Lyft driver and offered them free rides home from bars in downtown Springfield, before sexually assaulting them. Police say the assaults happend in May and just last week and they’re warning residents, when ever ordering an Uber or Lyft, always make sure the car and driver that pull up match the ones on your app screen, and use the buddy system. Because police believe there could be more victims anyone who may have had contact with Fairely, is urged to call law enforcement.
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Criminal investigation possible in fatal duck boat sinking

A criminal investigation could be forthcoming from the Justice Department, regarding the sinking of a duck boat that left 17 people dead on Table Rock Lake July 19. Don Ledford, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri, confirmed the Coast Guard referred the issue to the attorney’s office, to consider a potential criminal investigation and federal prosecution, according to a press release.
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