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Archive for August, 2012

(Washington) -With Labor Day on Monday, many are going to get their final kick of summer fun this weekend, and one group is urging the public to be safe on the water.

 Rachel Johnson, communications director for the National Safe Boating Council, and national campaign coordinator for the North American Safe Boating Campaign, has some safety tips for the public for this upcoming holiday:


She says that in Missouri, there were 20 boating deaths in 2011, compared to 14 in 2010. In Arkansas, there were 14 deaths in 2010, and 11 in 2011.

For more information, visit

(West Plains) – The West Plains Fire Department is hoping to hold their Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Drive Saturday in West Plains. Fire Chief Tim Bean says that they’ll be at three locations in the city:


However, with the remnants of Isaac creeping into the area, Bean says that the drive depends on the weather:


The forecast currently calls for rain throughout the day Saturday.

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that a woman who ran away from a deadly shooting in Douglas County on Thursday has been captured, and the man killed by Sheriff Chris Degase has been identified.

Representatives with Troop G say 30-year-old Crystal Prock was arrested around 6:48 PM Thursday evening at a relative’s residence near the scene of the shooting.

The shooting happened around 8:30 AM Thursday morning, when Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase responded to a call from a homeowner who said a man and a woman were working on a disabled maroon car in front of their home on Douglas County Road 542 near the Douglas-Christian County border. Troop G Information Officer Sgt. Marty Elmore says that after arriving and questioning the two, Degase recognized Prock as having a warrant for her arrest and attempted to apprehend her.

Elmore says that a struggle ensued between Degase and Prock, and the man, identified as 41-year-old David Phillips of Hillsdale, Illinois, allegedly made threatening statements and advanced on the officer with a weapon in hand. Elmore says that Degase then shot and killed Phillips, and Prock ran away into a wooded area near the scene.

Officers from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Troops D and G of the Highway Patrol, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control responded to the scene after the shooting.

Online records show Prock has a history of several crimes including stalking, adult abuse, and theft, as well as numerous traffic and parole violations.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will investigate the shooting.


PREVIOUS REPORT – 8/30/12, 2:45 PM

(Ava) – The Highway Patrol says that a man is dead after a shooting incident this morning in Douglas County.

Troop G Information Officer Sgt. Marty Elmore spoke with Ozark Radio News Thursday afternoon and said that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a call Thursday morning around 8 AM about an seemingly abandoned vehicle near Goodhope by the Douglas-Christian County border. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase responded to the vehicle location and found a white male and a white female, identified by Elmore as 30-year-old Crystal Prock, who was wanted on a number of various warrants in the county.

Degase attempted to take Prock into custody. Elmore says that’s when Prock resisted arrest, and the unidentified male drew an unknown weapon on the Sheriff. Elmore says that Sheriff Degase drew his weapon and shot and killed the man. Prock reportedly escaped into a wooded area nearby.

At this time, Prock is the subject of a manhunt by the Highway Patrol and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. She was last seen wearing white pajama pants and a gray athletic shirt. No other description is available at this time.

The man has not been identified pending on the notification of next-of-kin.

If you have any information on Prock or her whereabouts, call Troop G Headquarters at 417-469-3121.

Keep checking for the latest updates on this breaking story.

PREVIOUS REPORT – 8/30/12, 11:34 AM

(Willow Springs) – Highway Patrol Troop G says they are investigating a shooting that occurred in Douglas County this morning.

Representatives with the Highway Patrol say that troopers are currently on-scene, although no other information, including any victims or location, are being released at this time.

Keep checking throughout the day for details.

(Rolla) – A West Plains man is the sole survivor of a two-vehicle wreck that killed two St. Louis residents Monday morning near Rolla.

The accident happened at 8:35 AM on Interstate 44, eight miles west of Rolla, according to Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A westbound car driven by 28-year-old Jama Ali of St. Louis reportedly drove off-road, returned to the roadway and struck the rear of a semi driven by 51-year-old Kenneth Carroll of West Plains.

Ali and a passenger, 41-year-old Liban Dirie of St. Louis, were pronounced dead at the scene by Phelps County deputy coroner Lenox Jones. Carroll was uninjured in the accident.

Troop I says the deaths marked the 29th and 30th fatalities of the year for the troop.

(West Plains) – Area persons interested in a career in the medical field should note that applications for enrollment are still being accepted for a program at the South Central Career Center in West Plains. Brenda Smith says the program includes local and regional training:


For more information contact the South Central Career Center by calling 417-256-6152 or get more information on their webpage

(Houston) – A Houston resident suffered serious injuries Wednesday morning after a two-vehicle accident near his hometown.

The accident happened on Brushy Creek Road at 10:10 AM according to the Highway Patrol. 89-year-old Paul Foster was taken from the scene of the accident to Texas County Memorial Hospital.

The report states Foster was eastbound on Brushy Creek Road, when a westbound vehicle driven by 20-year-old Jonathan Stenger of Mountain Grove crossed the center line and struck Foster’s vehicle in the rear, causing the vehicle to swerve off-road and hit an embankment and a number of trees.

The report says that Foster was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. Stenger was uninjured in the accident.

(Mountain View) – An ATV accident Wednesday has injured a man from Mountain View.

The accident happened four miles west of Mountain View on CR 2790, when 21-year-old Richard Ford, who was southbound, struck a deer with his ATV. The vehicle then ran off-road and overturned, ejecting Ford.

Ford was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield from the scene of the 7:17 PM accident.

(Kansas City) (AP) – The return of hot, dry weather to western Missouri is prompting warnings from the state Conservation Department that the risk of wildfires remains high.

Parts of the region received some rainfall over the weekend. But the agency says it wasn’t enough to end the wildfire danger, given the severity of this year’s drought. Burn bans are still in place for all Conservation Department land and in many counties.

Regional forestry supervisor Mark Nelson says the department helped fight a 40-acre blaze Monday in west-central Missouri. Since July 1, MDC crews have averaged one fire a day in rural west-central Missouri or the Kansas City metro area.

Nelson says the public is urged to be careful with lit cigarettes and with farm machinery that can give off sparks.

(Mammoth Spring) – The annual Antique and Classic Car Show in Mammoth Spring has been canceled due to the expected weather this weekend and the inability to reschedule.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce representative Ron Cornelius said the cancellation is due to the expected rainfall throughout the region from the now-weakening Hurricane Isaac, and the inability of many of the drivers scheduled to appear to reschedule.

Cornelius apologized for the cancellation, and said he hopes to see people come next year.

(West Plains) – All area business owners are invited to participate in the annual career/job fair hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center.

The event is set for 9 AM to 3 PM Thursday, September 27, in the Student Recreation Center at the corner of Garfield Avenue and West Trish Knight Street on the Missouri State-West Plains campus. Booth space is free for participants, according to Alice Smith, coordinator of career services at Missouri State-West Plains.

The career/job fair will feature a combination of career information, educational opportunities and job possibilities for area residents, as well as college and high school students.

All area business owners are invited to provide informational exhibits about their businesses, including current and future job opportunities, as well as the company’s business model, vision, mission, operations, and more.

Smith said she hopes representatives from all area business entities, including all types of company structures and ownership, all types of goods and/or services, and all target market segments (local or international) will showcase their businesses at this event.

Business owners who would like to participate should contact Smith by calling 417-255-7230 or e-mailing to reserve booth space. The deadline to reserve space is Wednesday, Sept. 12.

For more information about the career/job fair, call Smith at 417-255-7230.