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At 2:41 p.m. Jan. 28, Officer Joe Barnhouse responded to the 400 block of North Grand Street for a report of harassment. A statement and report were taken from the reporting party and the case is under investigation.

Officers Barnhouse and David Hocking, along with Sgt. David Struble, responded at 11:11 a.m. Jan. 29 to the 800 block of East Main Street for a 911 hang-up call. A man and woman were contacted, and it became apparent some kind of dispute had occurred, but both parties declined to provide information tot he officers. A report was taken but no further action.

At 2:57 a.m. Jan. 29, Officer Ryan McGinnis and Sgt. Struble were dispatched to the 700 block of Corn Avenue for a verbal domestic disturbance. Parties were separated for the night and the 12-hour separation rule was invoked. No charges filed.

Officer Hocking made a traffic stop at 10:07 a.m. Jan. 29 at Love’s Travel Stop. A blue Chevrolet Tahoe without front registration and with expired rear plates dated August 2023 was pulled over and the driver was found not to have a valid license or proof of insurance. A tow truck was called and an inventory search of the vehicle was conducted, during which a small black box inside a bag in the passenger seat was found to contain a small glass smoking device with a white powder reside inside. The driver was arrested and taken to the police station, where she was issued tickets for driving without a valid license, driving without maintaining financial responsibility and possession of drug paraphernalia.


James L. Albritton, Thayer, was ticketed at 9:20 a.m. Jan. 25 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Cary Gates.

Dustin J. Drumright, Caruthersville, was ticketed at 4:32 p.m. Jan. 25 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Gates.

Albert Lee Burton, Somerset, Ky., was ticketed at 9:40 a.m. Jan. 26 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Gates.

Bradley A. Cobel, Springfield, was ticketed at 10:47 a.m. Jan. 26 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Jim Hedlesten.

Beverly Ann Lyautey, Hillsboro, Tenn., was ticketed at 1:50 p.m. Jan. 26 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Hedlesten.

Levi Jedediah Williams, Jefferson City, was ticketed at 2:23 p.m. Jan. 26 on a charge of speeding by 16-19 mph over. Officer Hedlesten.

Caroline P. Tarbell, New Castle, N.H., was ticketed at 2:43 p.m. Jan. 26 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Gates.

Christopher Cash Keeling, Purdy, was ticketed at 9:26 a.m. Jan. 28 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Hedlesten.

Katharine Claire Beishir, St. Louis, was ticketed at 10:28 a.m. Jan. 28 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Hedlesten.

James O. Pike, Marion, Ark., was ticketed at 1:56 p.m. Jan. 28 on a charge of speeding by 11-15 mph over. Officer Hedlesten.

Joseph Kirby Cook, Plato, was ticketed at 2:07 p.m. Jan. 28 on a charge of speeding by 6-10 mph over. Officer Barnhouse.

Kristina Danielle Killion, Mtn. View, was ticketed at 11:38 a.m. Jan. 29 on charges of driving without maintaining financial responsibility, driving on a highway without a valid license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer Hocking.

D. B. [full name redacted], Pomona, was ticketed at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday on a charge of driving in a careless and imprudent manner. Officer Joby Hoopes.


Officer McGinnis assisted the Howell County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 25 with an investigation into a possible domestic disturbance.

On Jan. 25, officers removed a large black tarp from East Main Street. Officer Gates.

Officers assisted a vehicle with an oversized load in getting to its destination on Jan. 25. Officer Hedlesten.

On Jan. 25, Officer Hedlesten responded to Highway 76 for a report of a loud explosion of unknown origin and determined it was a possible sonic boom.

The Willow Springs Fire Department self-dispatched to a home at 1:43 p.m. Jan. 25 for a smoke investigation. The residents of the home said they were burning wire from their barn, and was instructed to put the fire out due to city ordinances and Department of Natural Resources regulations against open burning of materials containing contaminants and toxins from trade wastes. The homeowners complied.

On Jan. 25, Cabool police asked for assistance in finding a possible missing person at Love’s Travel Stop. Cabool police found the person in question. Officer Jake Cronin.

Officer Hedlesten assisted Willow Springs Schools with an active shooter drill on Jan. 26 by blocking the road.

On Jan. 28, an intoxicated person dialed 911. Officers responded and told the person that if it happened again, a ticket would be issued. The person denied medical attention. Officer Hocking.

Two people exchanged words Jan. 28 on North Ferguson Street and one left. Officers contacted the person who left and called. Officer Barnhouse.

On Jan. 28, a West Plains Police Department corporal requested Willow Springs police check on two people wanted on active arrest warrants. The people were not able to be contacted. Officer Hocking.

Sgt. Struble responded on Jan. 28 to the 400 block of North Grand Street for an animal complaint. No animal was found.

On Jan. 29, Officer McGinnis and Sgt. Struble responded to a business alarm on East Main Street. Nothing was found to be amiss.

Officers Hocking and Barnhouse responded with Sgt. Struble to East Main Street for suspicious circumstances and spoke to a man and a woman. The man had a head wound and a window was broken, but the parties declined to participate with an investigation. No charges are pending.

On Jan. 29, a dog was reported running at large at the intersection of West 10th Street and North Ferguson Street. The owner was found and the animal was put up. Animal Control Officer Mark Templemere.

Officer McGinnis found a door open Tuesday at a business and checked the building. Extra patrol was conducted.

On Tuesday, Officer McGinnis and Sgt. Struble responded to a verbal disturbance on Corn Avenue. Two people were arguing and they were separated.

Officer McGinnis responded on Tuesday to Corn Avenue for a physical domestic disturbance in progress. A man was escorted off the property.

On Tuesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop G requested assistance regarding a vehicle. Chief Wes Ellison and Officer Barnhouse responded, but the vehicle was not located.

Two dogs were reported to be running at large Tuesday on North Ash Street. ACO Templemere responded but was unable to locate them.

On Tuesday, a person called police to report a stolen cell phone. Officer Barnhouse.

Ozarks Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Center called Tuesday for a well-being check, but the person was outside of Willow Springs’ jurisdiction. The caller was referred to the Howell County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday, Officer Barnhouse responded to a business alarm on Coastal Drive. It was found the alarm had been set off by a motion detector. All doors were secure and the key holder advised the business had been having problems with the alarm system.

Officer Barnhouse assisted emergency medical and fire personnel Tuesday with a medical emergency call.

On Wednesday, a possible careless and imprudent driver on U.S. 63 was called in. Officer McGinnis responded but was unable to locate the vehicle.

A person reported on Wednesday someone was doing donuts in the parking lot of the city pool. The matter is under investigation. Officer McGinnis.

On Wednesday, a loose pit bull was reported in the are of West Main Street. ACO Templemere did not find it.

Officer Wade Bloomer assisted emergency medical personnel on Wednesday with a possible overdose on East Main Street. The patient was taken to Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains.