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Archive for May, 2012

An Air Evac Lifeteam air medical helicopter was involved in an incident around 4:43 p.m. Wednesday at the West Plains Regional Airport in Pomona.

A mechanic suffered minor injuries and was taken to Ozarks Medical Center for evaluation.

The aircraft had just completed a routine inspection and the mechanic was doing a post-inspection ground run when the aircraft inadvertently lifted from its stationary position and struck a hangar.

Officials with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and will begin a formal investigation of the incident.

CORRECTION: Earlier Ozark Radio Network reported the mechanic as being the pilot of the plane, which is incorrect.  The pilot was not injured.

According to officials, the alarm went off at the business, owned by Roger Harper, after a lightning strike sparked started a fire inside, as reported by surrounding neighbors.  The actual cause of fire is still under investigation.    Fortunately no flammable materials or chemicals accelerated the fire, which burnt itself out around 9 AM Thursday morning.  They were able to get any vehicles inside out before completely burning, but they did sustain major smoke damage.  Officials say the building is a total loss.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri National Guard reports four of its soldiers stole electronics from a Wal-Mart store while helping recovery efforts after last year’s tornado in Joplin.

The Guard released records on the incident to the Joplin Globe on Tuesday after refusing to release them last week, claiming it was exempt from the state’s open records law.

The Globe reports that the Guard said three specialists and a sergeant admitted taking electronics such as video games and a camera. The Guard did not release the soldiers’ names.

They were part of a team of 16 soldiers assigned to help after the Wal-Mart was destroyed by the tornado, which killed 161 people.

An investigating officer recommended the soldiers be demoted but the records do not indicate what punishment they received.

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol released their latest checkpoint totals.  Brett Stevens reports:


(West Plains) – Missouri State University-West Plains will host an on-site registration session Tuesday, June 5, for classes being offered during the 2012 summer session and fall semester at the Missouri State-West Plains campus in Mountain Grove.

Registration for current and readmitted students will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. that day in Shannon Hall, 401 E. 17th St.  Students can register for courses being offered at either of Missouri State-West Plains’ campuses, as well as for online courses, during this time.  New students should contact the admissions office at 417-255-7955 for application information prior to registration.

Mark White, coordinator of the Veterans Incentive Program (VIP) at Missouri State-West Plains, said officials with the Veterans Services office will be on hand, as well, to assist veterans with registration and required Veterans Administration forms.  For more information about VIP/Veterans Services, visit

Students also may drop by the registration and records office in Cass Hall, 515 Cass Ave., in West Plains to register.

Summer session classes start June 11, and fall semester classes begin Aug. 20.  For more information about registration, call Missouri State-West Plains’ registration and records office at 417-255-7979, or toll free at 1-888-466-7987, or visit the university’s website,

(West Plains) – It’s been another busy week for the Howell County Sheriff’s Department.  Sheriff Mike Shannon gives the report:


Shannon says that burglaries are on the rise throughout the county.


One way to help recover your items if they are ever stolen is to write down serial numbers.


The number to the Howell County Sheriff’s Department is 417-256-2544.

(West Plains) Delivery is expected next week of the half million dollar transformer for the Second Street substation in West Plains. The transformer has been undergoing repairs and has passed its final testing with flying colors according to city public information officer Laurel Thompson.


Thompson says the city is going ahead with plans to have cameras installed at the city’s electrical substations.

(Mt. Home) – A Mt. Home couple and business owners have stepped forward to donate funds to renew the Sheriff’s Office yearly membership and licensing fees for the LeadsOnline electronic reporting system used by law enforcement, pawn shops, and pawn brokers.

The Baxter County Quorum Court enacted an ordinance to require all pawn shops and pawn brokers doing business in the county to record their transactions in the LeadsOnline system.  The software and access for LeadsOnline was provided by Baxter County without costs to those business owners.  Shane and Debbie Porter of Porter’s Pawn & Bargain Center, Inc. of Mountain Home, Arkansas have generously come forward and donated $2238 to allow the Sheriff’s Office and area pawn shops to continue utilizing this system for another year.

LeadsOnline is the nation’s largest online investigation system used by law enforcement to recover stolen property, help stop Meth makers, reduce metal theft, and solve crimes.  The LeadsOnline database has hundreds of millions transactions in their database that can be accessed by law enforcement and participating businesses nationwide.

The LeadsOnline system has proven instrumental in providing evidence to help solve many burglaries, thefts, and break-ins in Baxter County since the Sheriff’s Office and area pawn shops began utilizing it.

(West Plains)- Samaritan Outreach in West Plains will be officially moving to its new, bigger location on Saturday.  Michelle Jackson with Samaritan Outreach talks about why the move is such a big deal and how it’s been a long time coming:


Jackson talks about how Samaritan Outreach got started:


The new location for the outreach is 715 Missouri Avenue, behind Mr. Dent.

A man from Pomona report to the Howell County Sheriff’s Department that several items were taken from his residence. Upon returning home, Casey Gale found that someone had forced entry into his house by breaking windows and stole three firearms, a flat-screen TV, approximately $800 , and several blank checks.