CRIME & SAFETY
Ozark, Missouri man sentenced to 16 years in prison for methamphetamine conspiracy
An Ozark, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jevn Todd Griffitt, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 16 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Griffitt to forfeit to the government $15,324, which represents the proceeds he obtained from the drug-trafficking conspiracy.
Man from Sparta sentenced to 11 years in prison for meth trafficking, illegal firearm
A Sparta, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm. Gabriel Eric Robinson, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 11 years and five months in federal prison without parole. On June 5, 2023, Robinson pleaded guilty to one count...
Trio with Burglary Tools, Stolen Items, and Drugs Arrested by Horseshoe Bend Patrol
Sunrise Beach, MO. (The Lake Tribune) On the night of November 28, a deputy was alerted to suspicious activity around a lake home in the Porta Cima area. A homeowner, alerted by their home surveillance system, reported an unknown individual carrying a gas can on their property. Despite an immediate response, the deputy could not locate the suspects or their vehicle.
On Your Side: City Utilities of Springfield warns customers of new scam
As a new scam makes its way across the Ozarks, Springfield City Utilities is warning its customers about someone going door-to-door pretending to be an employee.
Springfield Police Department reminding people to drive sober this holiday season
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - It’s National Drunk Driving Prevention Month, and the Springfield Police Department is reminding people to drive sober during the holidays. This includes not driving under the influence of marijuana as well as alcohol. SPD issued 319 DUI citations during the period of January to August this year. That’s up 50 from last year’s numbers in the same time period.
Weekly Safety Report: Assaults, Shooting, Theft, and Burglary hit Springfield
This week in Springfield, Missouri, there were several incidents that occurred, including assaults, a shooting, thefts, and a burglary. These incidents involved individuals being charged with assault, a woman being hospitalized after a shooting, two people arrested for stealing trucks, and a towing company being targeted by burglars.
Republic, Mo., woman dies from injuries in weekend house fire
REPUBLIC, Mo. (Edited News Release/KY3) - A woman died from injuries she suffered in a house fire in Republic on Sunday. Investigators have not released the victim’s identity. They say the 73-year-old woman died Wednesday. Firefighters responded to the home in the 2700 block of Moonlight Street on Sunday...
Law. Co. Sheriff’s officer Anderson charged with violating protection order, stalking
County lawman in hot water in two counties for alleged misbehavior toward mother of his child. An officer with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is facing court dates in Greene and Christian counties after allegedly violating a protection order on two occasions. Conner Anderson is charged with violating an order of protection for an adult in Christian County and stalking in Greene County; the victim in both cases is the mother of his child.
Mechanic who helped Affordable Towing in federal emissions crimes sentenced to probation
A Springfield mechanic who pleaded guilty to aiding Affordable Towing in a series of highly publicized federal emissions crimes has been sentenced to probation. Full Flash Tuning owner Robert Dyche, 67, was sentenced in federal court Monday to two years probation and a $500 fine by District Judge Stephen R. Bough, according to court records.
Three women connected to Nixa prescription drug scheme sentenced in federal court
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo. – Three employees of the Ozark Community Hospital – Christian County Clinic were sentenced to probation today for their roles in a prescription drug kickback scheme. “This was a new thing for us that we did not expect to see in the state of Missouri. When people start looking at data and they […]
City Utilities warns public about an impersonator posing as employee
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — City Utilities (CU) has received reports of an individual going door to door impersonating a CU employee. They said this is not one of their employees. According to a post from City Utilities, someone is going door to door attempting to obtain personal information posing as a CU employee. CU said they […]
Rogersville firefighters respond to house fire, small explosion
ROGERSVILLE, Mo. — Late Tuesday morning, ten fire departments responded to a house fire on Farm Road 186 and Farm Road 241. Logan-Rogersville firefighters arrived at the scene just after 10 a.m. to find heavy smoke billowing and flames pouring from the back of the house. Firefighters from Strafford Fire Protection, Battlefield Fire Protection, Sparta […]
Four people arrested for burglary at Affordable Towing
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Four people were arrested for a burglary at Affordable Towing. According to a Facebook post from the Springfield Police Department, on November 26, an incident unfolded involving multiple individuals. Jacob McClain, 27, came under police scrutiny as he was stopped by officers while departing from Affordable Towing. During the encounter, law enforcement […]
Chaviz Nguyen murder suspect will remain in jail, denied bond
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Elysha Bedell is being held at the Greene County Jail, accused of killing a man in a drive-by shooting earlier this month. He is still in the process of finding a lawyer to represent him in court. Several members of Chaviz Nguyen’s family showed up to the hearing this morning. The victim’s […]
Fire damages house near Rogersville, Mo.
ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (KY3) - A fire damaged a house southwest of Rogersville on Tuesday morning. Firefighters responded to the home at the intersection of Farm Roads 186 and 241 around 9:30 a.m. Several fire departments assisted. Investigators say nobody was at the home at the time of the fire. Investigators...
Mark Twain Neighborhood Association steps up to help elderly neighbor after house fire
In November, elderly Mark Twain neighbor Barbra Pittman was awakened by an explosion in the garage of the home she had lived in for more than 50 years. She got out of bed and tried to turn on her bedroom light, only to find that the power was out. By the time she grabbed a flashlight and woke her son, who was recovering from illness, smoke was enveloping the house. Before they knew it, flames were ripping through the kitchen and down the hallway.
Local Alert: 13-Year-Old Brooklyn Rodriguez Missing in Ozark, Public Assistance Requested
The Ozark Police Department in Missouri is asking for public help to find 13-year-old Brooklyn Rodriguez. She was last seen on November 25, 2023, and is thought to be in the Ozark or Springfield area.
Deputies arrest repeat offender after pursuit in Greene County
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -Dustin Hagerman, known for his criminal history dating back to a 2007 burglary, has once again found himself on the wrong side of the law. He’s accused of trying to outrun a Greene County Deputy Monday night this time. He was clocked going over 100 miles an hour, according to investigators.
Fire officials urge you to have an escape plan in case of an emergency
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The risk for house fires jumps during the winter season due to candles, heaters, and electrical hazards. “Run out just as fast as I can. Your life depends on it,” said Karen Bailey. She says she and her husband do not have a plan to...
How to protect yourself from porch pirate theft
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – When you’re shopping for those online holiday deals, remember that it is also the season for porch pirates. With the rise in packages being left on doorsteps, comes the rise in potential for your items to be stolen. The Springfield Police Department says there are different ways you can avoid becoming a […]