Nite Note 09/23/15

The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said Stephanie Asberry stole a $900 cellphone from a local business, then destroyed it. She was then arrested in the 200 block of East Commercial Street.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said a utility pole holding phone cable near West Chestnut Expressway and North Lulwood Avenue was cut to the ground, and a large quantity of cable was stolen.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said an electric weed trimmer, a submersible pump and a lamp were found in East Lawn Cemetery. Staff believed they were stolen and abandoned by homeless subjects who frequent the area.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said a vehicle drove through the fence around the football field at Springfield Catholic High School.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said two kayaks were stolen from the backyard of a house in the 800 block of South Missouri Avenue.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said someone filed an online report for the theft of a bow and arrows in the 500 block of East Montclair Street.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Nite Note 09/22/15

The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday in the 700 block of South Lafontaine Avenue reported a suspect knowingly infecting others with HIV between June 21 and Sept. 21.

A Springfield police report from Monday said a man told officers his friend was taken at gunpoint from the 1000 block of East Battlefield Road. When the alleged victim was later located, he told officers that nothing had happened.

A Springfield police report from Monday said a verbal altercation between a man and his wife eventually led to him ramming his vehicle into hers in the 1400 block of East Central Street.

Springfield police say they responded to a possible shots fired call Monday in the 1500 block of West Nichols Street. Witnesses told officers that a black Pontiac Grand Prix occupied by three men pulled up in front of a house, according to police spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

The men in the car began arguing with two men on the front porch, witnesses told officers. Cox said witnesses believed they heard a single gunshot come from the car, which then sped off.

Cox said officers found no evidence of a shooting when they searched the scene.

Greene County sheriff’s deputies say a man allowed his brother-in-law to live in his home — even though he knew he was wanted on statutory rape charges.

Bobby Faulk was charged Monday with hindering the prosecution of a felony. According to court documents, he told deputies he knew his brother-in-law, Brent Faucett, was wanted on statutory rape charges, and he still allowed him to live in his home in the 4700 block of East Farm Road 66.

He also allowed him to work at his business, APU Center, overnight and by himself, according to court documents, and told employees not to cooperate with law enforcement if they inquired about Faucett.

Both Faucett and Faulk were arrested in February when they tried to leave Faulk’s home.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said suspects used a gift card scam to steal $7,000 from the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3150 W. Republic Road.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said a woman claimed another woman hit her with a vehicle and then tackled her, in the 1900 block of East Kearney Street. The victim suffered no visible injuries from the incident.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said a woman left her car with a friend in the 600 block of East Pacific Street while she went out of town. The friend then stripped the car and had the remains towed off her property.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said a dog was stolen from a car in the 400 block of South Avenue. The dog was later recovered.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said a patient assaulted a security guard at the Mercy Marian Center.

Springfield police reports from Tuesday said there were 21 motor vehicle accidents, 10 reports of domestic violence and one report of DWI.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Nite Note 09/20/15

The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

A Springfield police report from Friday said a man was arrested near the intersection of South Glenstone Avenue and East Grand Street for driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, second-degree assault, a felony warrant, a misdemeanor warrant, and careless and imprudent driving.

A Springfield police report from Friday said a man was assaulted in Vintage Dancelounge in the early morning.

The Springfield Fire Department responded to Hammons House on Missouri State University’s campus — but Kevin Smart, battalion chief, said it was merely for a cooking fire. There were no injuries or major damage.

Springfield police said they were looking for a man who stole a weed trimmer from the U.S. Post Office at 500 W. Chestnut Expressway on Saturday afternoon.

Springfield police reports say there were 14 motor vehicle accidents, six reports of domestic violence and two reports of DWI on Saturday.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Nite Note 09/19/15

The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

A horrific-looking rollover crash in Nixa ended with no injuries on Friday afternoon.

Jill Finney, communications director for the city of Nixa, said it appeared that a truck had run a red light near the intersection of U.S. 160 and Aldersgate Drive, then hit another car.

Finney said there were three people involved in the accident, and none of them suffered injuries in the crash.

Police say a man arrived home in the 3100 block of West Brower Street on Wednesday to find his son, Justin Bauer — whom he has an active order of protection against — sitting in his living room, drinking alcohol.

Court documents say when officers arrived and told Bauer not to return to the house, he told them “I’m going to shoot you in the head when I am released,” and “cops and judges have no authority over me.”

Bauer was then arrested for violating an order of protection.

Police say Shawn Wasmundt came to Don Wessel Automotive on Tuesday to test drive a 2008 Honda Accord — and never returned.

The car was found in Piggott, Arkansas the same day, and Wasmundt was arrested two days later in possession of the key to the stolen Honda, according to documents.

Wasmundt has previous felony convictions for receiving stolen property, tampering, sexual misconduct, burglary and driving while intoxicated.

Police say Hanna Elliott was intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.347 when she struck a Missouri Department of Transportation vehicle while it was stopped on the shoulder of Kansas Expressway in November 2014.

Court documents say officers smelled intoxicants when speaking to Elliott, but she complained of injuries during field sobriety tests and was taken to a local hospital, where a blood test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.347.

A 10-year-old child was injured in the crash by the seat belt she was wearing.

A Springfield police report from Thursday said a man assaulted an employee at the Subway at 731 N. Benton Ave. The suspect was not located.

A Springfield police report from Thursday said two males were cited for urinating in public in the 3300 block of South Campbell Avenue.

Springfield police reports from Thursday reported 20 motor vehicle crashes, four reports of domestic violence and two reports of DWI.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Thursday Nite Note!

The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

Greene County sheriff’s deputies say an intoxicated man repeatedly yelled expletives at them as he refused orders to leave the Greene County Courthouse.

Deputies say Leonard Gardner entered the courthouse in December 2014 and began acting aggressive, asking “how tough are you, boy?” and making a “bring it on” posture.

Deputies say they determined Gardner was intoxicated and asked him to leave the building. When he refused, he was arrested for trespassing.

Deputies say he continued to call them “(expletive) pig” and “chicken(expletive) cracker” as he was taken to a cell in Greene County Jail. He was charged Tuesday with peace disturbance and drunkenness in a prohibited place.

A Springfield police report from Wednesday said Grant Avenue Baptist Church was vandalized for the fourth time in the last month.

A Springfield police report from Wednesday said golf clubs were stolen from Bass Pro Shops on Monday afternoon.

Police say a driver pulled out of the Kum & Go at 529 S. Grant Ave. directly into the path of a police car around noon Wednesday, resulting in a motor vehicle crash. The suspect, Alvaro Cardenas-Alvarado, was arrested for DWI.

A Springfield police report from Wednesday said officers received information about a 58-year-old man inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl.

Springfield police reports say there were 15 motor vehicle crashes, nine reports of domestic violence and no DWI reports on Wednesday.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Wednesday Nite Note

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said an employee at Hemingway’s said four people ordered food, ate it, then ran from the building without paying.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday said a woman in the 2100 block of North Kansas Expressway reported an assault. Police said it was later determined that the injuries were suffered by the victim because of her intoxication.

A Springfield police report from Tuesday noted the theft of a homemade go-kart from the 2700 block of West Olive Street.

Court documents say Heather Stowell was charged with assault after she allegedly punched an ER nurse in the face at Cox South hospital.

Springfield police reports say there were 16 motor vehicle crashes, 10 reports of domestic violence and no reports of DWI on Tuesday.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Police state Taser ineffective on sword-wielding man with “unnatural human strength”.

Springfield police say Lonnie Goldsberry charged officers with a large sword, resisted arrest with “unnatural human strength” and resisted multiple uses of a Taser.

Now, the 47-year-old man has been charged with armed criminal action and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Court documents say police responded to 451 W. Lombard St. on Sept. 11 for a report of a domestic assault. When they arrived, a woman told them Goldsberry — her boyfriend — was “acting crazy” and had allegedly hit her in the face and legs.

As officers spoke with the woman, Goldsberry peeked out of the front door of the house. When asked to come outside, he said “(expletive) you, I ain’t coming out,” before slamming the door, according to documents.

The woman told officers that Goldsberry had been acting strangely all day but that there were no weapons in the house. Goldsberry then stuck his head outside again to say “(expletive) you,” directly to officers, according to documents.

The woman, who told officers she owned the house, said she wanted them to get Goldsberry out and unlocked the door for them. She told them he would be in the back room, playing “Guitar Hero.”

Three officers entered the house, where music was playing so loudly they could barely hear each other speak, according to documents.

As the woman had predicted, officers found Goldsberry in the back room of the house, playing “Guitar Hero,” and announced their presence to him.

Goldsberry responded by turning to them, screaming “(expletive) you,” and pulling a “large Celtic style sword” out of the hardwood floor it had been stuck in before raising it above his head and charging officers, according to documents.

Officers say they used a Taser on Goldsberry, who collapsed to the floor and dropped the sword, but recovered and reached for the sword again. A second use of a Taser had no effect, according to documents.

Another officer used his Taser on Goldsberry, but he knocked it out of the officer’s hands, according to documents. Two officers grabbed his arms in an attempt to handcuff Goldsberry, who allegedly responded by kicking the third officer in the chest with both feet.

Officers say they were finally able to handcuff Goldsberry after punching him in the face several times and holding him to the floor. All three officers suffered minor injuries.

Court documents say officers described Goldsberry as “abnormally strong,” “in a state of rage” and “heavily under the effects of a controlled substance.” Drug paraphernalia was allegedly later found by officers after Goldsberry was handcuffed.

Court documents say Goldsberry was sedated and transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was handcuffed to a bed. Officers say he was medically cleared, and they began to remove his handcuffs so he could be transported.

When the first handcuff was removed, officers say Goldsberry began resisting, managing to stand up from the bed.

At that point he allegedly tried to grab an officer’s Taser. Officers say they struck him in the neck in an attempt to deliver a “brachial stun” and used a Taser four separate times, none of which were effective.

Goldsberry was eventually detained and transported to Greene County Jail. His bond was set at $150,000.

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The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

Police said a Springfield man kidnapped and robbed a woman and beat her multiple times.

Officers say they pulled over Donald Southard and a woman in June near the intersection of East Cherry Street and South Glenstone Avenue, because the officer believed he saw Southard strike the woman.

Southard was arrested, and the woman said he had assaulted and stalked her in the past.

Two weeks later, police received a call from the same woman, who said Southard had hit her several times and forced her into a hotel room by threatening her with a knife.

The woman told officers he then choked her until she fell unconscious and later hung up on 911 when she tried to call. He then stole $600 from her purse, she said.

Southard was charged Tuesday with three counts of domestic assault, one count of robbery, one count of armed criminal action, one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

A Springfield police report from Monday said a man was arrested on a warrant after police found him rollerblading into oncoming traffic near the intersection of South Scenic Avenue and West Walnut Street.

A Springfield police report from Monday said a woman threw a laptop at another woman in the 1900 block of South Broadway Avenue.

Police say a Kansas man was found in Springfield with meth and a pistol in his car.

Officers say they pulled over Justin Maples in March near the intersection of South Moore Road and West Sunshine Street and found nearly 25 grams of meth in his car, as well as a .22 caliber pistol, according to court documents.

Documents say while transporting Maples to the jail, he stated, “I’m not a piece of (expletive).” Documents say the officer “told Justin I didn’t believe he was, but that the situation of him having a large amount of drugs wasn’t good.”

Maples was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon.

Springfield police reports say there were 23 motor vehicle crashes, five reports of domestic assault and no reports of DWI.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Nite Note Saturday Edition!

The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

Police say Jamie White stole drills — just drills — from Lowe’s, Grizzly Industrial and Home Depot stores throughout Springfield in order to pay her bills and buy heroin.

Lowe’s filed six police reports between Aug. 5 and Aug. 19 in reference to a woman stealing tools from their Springfield stores. They reported the theft of DeWalt hammer drills and cordless electric drills, by a woman who left in a black Mitsubishi.

Grizzly reported the theft of a DeWalt hammer drill kit on Aug. 12 by a woman driving the same car described by Lowe’s. White was apprehended at Home Depot on Sept. 9 after stealing a Milwaukee cordless drill and impact kit, according to court documents.

Police say the total value of stolen property was $2,826. White told officers she stole the drills to pay her bills, and also to buy heroin. She was charged Thursday with three counts of felony stealing.

A Springfield police report from Friday said officers responded to the Springfield Botanical Gardens for a report of a stolen bell.

A Springfield police report from Friday said a woman in the 400 block of South Avenue wanted to report a man preaching loudly near her apartment.

Springfield police, along with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a DWI checkpoint at the intersection of South Jefferson Avenue and East Harrison Street. Fifteen arrests were made, including eight for DWI and two for possession of drugs.

Police say Jeremy Nickelson stole 14 tires from cars around the Springfield area in late August and early September. Nickelson was charged Thursday with two counts of felony stealing.

Springfield police reports from Friday listed 28 motor vehicle crashes, two reports of domestic assault and one report of DWI.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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Friday’s Nite Note!

The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.

A Springfield police report from Thursday said a 3-year-old child was found riding a plastic toy down West Sunshine Street near South Franklin Avenue around 10 a.m. The parents were later located, and both said the child must have left the house while they slept. The child was removed from the residence as part of a safety plan.

A Springfield police report from Thursday said a man was assaulted with a knife in the 2100 block of North Clifton Avenue. The suspect was not located.

A Springfield police report from Thursday noted an assault with a vehicle near the intersection of East Blaine Street and North Engel Avenue.

A Springfield police report from Thursday said a man was arrested on a felony warrant after police found him drinking alcohol in Founders Park. The man attempted to destroy the evidence and resisted arrest, according to the report.

A Springfield police report from Thursday said a woman told officers her ex-boyfriend poured gasoline all over her vehicle in the 1400 block of West Lynn Street.

A Springfield police report from Thursday said a shoplifter hit an employee with a vehicle in the parking lot of the Price Cutter at 1720 W. Grand St.

There were 22 motor vehicle crashes, eight reports of domestic assault and no reports of DWI in Springfield on Thursday.

The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at tmitchell@news-leader.com. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.

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