Archives for November 2018

Hollister teen facing multiple charges in home invasion-assault

A Hollister teen is facing multiple charges in connection to a home invasion and sexual assault. Jesse Wilbur, 18, allegedly tried to undress a woman after forcing his way into her home in the area of Church Rd., north of Branson November 25, according to an arrest affadavit, which states Wilbur stabbed the victim in the arm, before he got dressed, took food from her refrigerator and ran off. Wilbur was charged Monday with four felonies, according to the Taney County Sheriff’s Office. He was being held in Taney County Jail.
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The teen pleaded guilty earlier this month to a pair of unrelated incidents in Hollister, including burning down the Mule Barn while smoking meth. And causing about $1,300 damage to Christmas lights on Downing Street. He was also accused of ripping up an American flag at Hollister’s old train depot. Wilbur is scheduled to be sentenced for those incidents Dec. 6.
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If you’re hitting the road for the holidays you won’t be alone

If you’re hitting the road for the holidays you won’t be alone. AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, with the 2018 holiday weekend expected to see more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. For the 48.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip, in most cases, the best days to travel will be on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday, experts say.
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Missouri State Parks are getting a make over

Missouri State Parks are getting a make over. Missouri will receive nearly $1.86 million in federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for park development, new park land, new outdoor recreation facilities, and renovation of existing parks. The additional monies will enable Missouri State Parks to grant more funds to communities throughout the state.
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Missouri State University is helping combat sexual assault

SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State University is helping combat sexual assault. Thanks to a grant received about a year ago an initiative, starting in Spring 19′, will be providing an additional resource to victims through what they are calling “Project HEAL”. It will give victims an outlet to get help if they have been sexually assaulted, and provide ways to prevent it through training and awareness. MSU is also joining forces with an Ozarks Technical Community college and will provide funding for a full time victim advocate. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, over 90% of sexual assault victims on campuses don’t report it.
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20th annual Check Out Hunger fundraiser kicks off

Seventy-two local grocery stores are teaming up with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 20th annual Check Out Hunger fundraiser, which runs now through Dec. 31. Check Out Hunger gives shoppers the opportunity to add a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to their grocery bill when checking out at area retailers. Every dollar raised through Check Out Hunger will help provide four meals to children, families and seniors struggling with hunger.
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Big opening weekend for firearms deer season

Missouri hunters harvested 99,567 deer during the opening weekend of firearms deer season Nov. 10 and 11. Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows top harvest counties last weekend were Franklin, Callaway and Benton. Last year, hunters checked 94,886 deer during opening weekend. The November portion of firearms deer season continues through Nov. 20. Archery deer season opens Nov. 21 and runs through Jan. 15, 2019.
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Text messages focus of murder trial in Greene County courtroom

Text messages were the focus as trial continued for Nicholas Godejohn Wednesday in a Greene County courtroom. Prosecutors presented them to the court as evidence of a plan between Godejohn and his girlfriend Gypsy to kill Gypsy’s mother Dee Dee Blanchard in 2015. If the prosecution can prove the murder was pre-meditated, Godejohn could face first degree murder.
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Downtown Branson trolley travelers will have to get used to new routes

Downtown trolley travelers will have to get used to new routes. According to a press release from the Historic Downtown Branson Community Improvement District, two trolleys will operate on the Orange Route through downtown and another will handle the Green Route, in “upper downtown.” Both routes will start and stop at Liberty Plaza, according to the press release. Additionally, there is also a new, handicap-accessible, trolley stop, on Loyd Road.
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Missing elderly Arkansas man located

UPDATE: A missing elderly Arkansas man was located. According to Searcy County Sheriff Joey Pruitt, a Silver Alert has been cancelled for 84-year-old Arlis Green from Big Flat who had been last seen early Wednesday Morning on Highway 14 in Harriet close to Nation Forest. Police verified, Green was able to make phone contact with family and is safe.
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New feature could be part of proposed Branson aquarium

A nearly 2, 400 – square-foot octopus could be part of a proposed aquarium on the former Grand Palace Theater property in Branson. While the project hasn’t been approved, the company has asked to take over part of the city’s right-of-way along the Highway 76 strip to build the attraction that could be as close as 10 feet from the road. However, city leaders say they don’t think it’d impact traffic turning onto and off of Glory Road and Wildwood Drive. The board will have to give final approval.
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