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Some of the items recovered by the Howell County Sheriff's Office include firearms, televisions, and hunting equipment. (ORN photo)

Some of the items recovered by the Howell County Sheriff’s Office include firearms, televisions, home decor and hunting equipment. (ORN photo)

(West Plains) – Three people are under arrest after the Howell County Sheriff’s Office says they recovered over $7,000 in stolen items.

Deputies were called to a home off of Route CC on July 26 after the occupants, Zachary Perry and Shanna Montgomery, reported several thousand dollars worth of items, including four firearms, a compound bow and hunting equipment, were stolen.

Deputy Justin Riley with the Howell County Sheriff’s Office says that on August 3, he and Investigator Don Reid pulled over a pick-up truck that contained several of the stolen items in the back. The driver reportedly told authorities that the items had came from her husband, 30-year-old Jeremy Green of West Plains.

A probable cause statement in the case says that Green was questioned by the department and told investigators that he had went to the home off of Route CC with two other suspects, 38-year-old Richie Compton and 31-year-old Rebekah Goure, both of West Plains, and that he had taken a deer stand.

Due to the evidence, investigators served a search warrant at a home used by Goure and Compton off of Route 14 August 1 and collected a number of other stolen items, including a dishwasher, microwave, and stove. The owner of those items was later located in Poplar Bluff.

Police say that a number of other items, including a skeet thrower and an end table, which belonged to Perry and Montgomery, were later recovered at Green’s mother’s home in Dora.

Jeremy Green faces charges of burglary, theft, and theft of a firearm. Rebekah Goure faces multiple charges of burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property, and Richie Compton faces multiple charges of burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property.

Department officials say that other suspects are still being sought in the case, and more items were recovered over the past few days.

The Howell County Sheriff’s Office asks that if you’ve recently been the victim of a burglary to call them at 417-256-2544.

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(West Plains) – The West Plains Education Foundation will host the third annual Zizzer Homecoming Celebration from 6:30-11 PM on Saturday, September 19 at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall.

The event will include entertainment by Zizzer Alumni The Jason Lindsey Band featuring Zack Parrish. All alumni and friends of education are invited to attend, even if you did not attend West Plains High School.

Tickets to the 18 and up event are all inclusive with dinner, beverages, and entertainment. Tickets are $35 in advance, $60 per couple or $225 for a table for eight. Tickets are available for purchase online at and at the West Plains Civic Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Plains Education Foundation, which helps support the West Plains School District.

For more information visit

(West Plains) – Howell County 911 has released the monthly call statistics for July 2015. Brett Stevens has more:

(West Plains) – The annual First Baptist Church Back to School Bash in West Plains will take place this Saturday, August 8, and Dan Cargill with the First Baptist Church told Ozark Radio News that the church is pleased to once again offer assistance to the community once again this year:

He added that other churches and groups will be participating with their own events on Saturday:

The Back to School Bash and Clothing Share will take place Saturday, August 8 from 8 AM to 1 PM at the First Baptist Church at 202 Walnut St. In West Plains. The event is for children in preschool through 12th grade, and is for students in West Plains or the surrounding rural school districts.

For more information, visit

(West Plains) – The University of Missouri Extension office in Howell County has a new youth development specialist and 4-H director.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Dr. Greg Carter, who told us about his previous career and his new one with the University of Missouri Extension:

He added that the 4-H program was something that he fell into:

Dr. Carter added that people are usually aware for 4-H during county fair time, however, he’s working to change that:

For more information on the Howell County Extension office or the area 4-H program, call the office at 417-256-2391 or visit

(West Plains) – The West Plains Civic Center will once again be the site for the International Country Gospel Music Association’s 59th annual convention and awards show, which starts Thursday, August 6, and runs through August 8.

The talent lineup for this years show, which is the 6th year in a row the show has been featured in West Plains, includes some music legends, some favorites, and some fresh new talent. Country Music legend Freddy Hart will be appearing, along with Dallas Frazier, The Hinson Family, Renae The Waitress from Larry’s Country Diner, James Payne, Del Way, Tommy Brandt, Mike Manuel, Kristi Miller, The Parish Family, comedian Barry McGee, Chris Golden, (formerly with the Oak Ridge Boys), The Baker Family, Peanutt Montgomery, Ava Kasich, The Reed Brothers, Chuck Hancock, Jesse Reece, Mark Carman, Kelly Sutherland, Kevin Rowe, Chuck Day, Tommy Horton, and many others.

The three-day event features daytime musical showcases and special evening concerts. The showcases will be held at 10 AM and 2 PM, and evening concerts begin at 6 PM.

The highlight of the event is the 59th Annual Gold Cross Awards Show and Concert, which will take place at 6 PM Saturday, July 8. Those who attend will have opportunities to meet and visit with the artists at their individual booths in the West Plains Civic Center Arena.

Admission to the entire event is free to the public, however tickets are needed for the evening concerts. Free tickets are available at West Plains Music, at the channel 38 TV studios in West Plains, Landmark Bank, and at the West Plains Civic Center box office.

For more information on the convention or the event, visit

(Mountain Home) – One northern Arkansas group is helping children around the world get ready for school.

In July, volunteers from across north-central Arkansas took advantage of back-to-school sales to stock up on school supplies for Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts, which are distributed by the Christian group Samaritan’s Purse.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children.

People whould would like to get involved in the program are encouraged to fill shoeboxes with a variety of items, such as one “Wow” item, like a doll or soccer ball, and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. You can also visit to build a shoebox online.

Volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information, call Jerry Strobel at 870-404-7115 or visit

(Mountain Home) – Two deaths in Baxter County that occurred last week have been ruled a murder-suicide by investigators

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reported that the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock had confirmed the deaths of 57-year-old Terry Mills and 47-year-old Sandra Douglas was the result of a murder-suicide.

Deputies visited a residence off of State Highway 201 North in the Pigeon Creek area just before 1 AM Sunday, July 26 after a well-being check on the resident was requested. Deputies left after speaking to Mills, but returned later that morning after an out-of-town relative called the sheriff’s office to report there had been some sort of struggle, and that Douglas may be dead.

A firearm, spent casings and an alleged suicide note were recovered and taken into evidence.

Sheriff John Montgomery says the case file will remain open pending the delivery of a final report from the medical examiner.

(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council recently held a meeting to discuss current taxes and possible future ballot initiatives in the city.

City clerk Mallory Hawkins told Ozark Radio News that some of the discussion revolved around the continuation of some of the city’s taxes:

Also discussed at the meeting was the city’s storm water program:

Hawkins added that the council also discussed the possibility of an anti-smoking ordinance in the city, adding that the council seemed split on what to do:

West First Street between Frankin and Missouri Ave., will be closed on Wednesday morning from 7 AM to 12 PM for a water line installation.

(Licking) – A Creve Coeur woman is under arrest after she allegedly attempted to smuggle cocaine into the South Central Correctional Center in Licking.

The Licking Police Department received a call the morning of Sunday, August 2, about a visitor acting suspiciously at the jail. An officer contacted the visitor and confronted her about the suspicious item, which jail staff believed she was concealing in her mouth. Police say the subject attempted to swallow the item, later found to be a balloon containing a substance believed to be cocaine, and was restrained.

The suspect was transported to the Texas County Jail, where she was held pending formal charges.