Top Local News Stories: May 2013

The Top 10 most viewed local news stories from May 2013.
  • As many as four people may have been involved in a shootout in east Springfield that sent a woman to the hospital. Court records say two men fired shots into a house on Whiteside. A woman was hit by a bullet in the jaw. Two other men inside the house then started shooting back. Springfield Police arrested one of the men inside the house. Javon Looney is charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Click here to read more KTTS News

  • Springfield police say a motorcycle rider has been killed after he hit a Jeep on Republic west of Kansas Expressway. Investigators say 67 year old Larry Iverson was taken to a hospital where died a short time later. Initial reports indicate Iverson had the right of way. The jeep driver crossed in front of his motorcycle, Iverson could not stop in time to avoid the crash. The driver of the jeep and her passenger were not injured. Click here to read more KTTS News

  • One of America’s most esteemed hotel developers, John Q. Hammons, died peacefully at age 94 at Elfindale Manor in Springfield, Missouri, where he had resided since 2010. The Missouri native and long-time Springfield businessman, whose greatest passions were hotel development and sports, remained active in business until the age of 91. Click here to read more Businesswire

  • The Highway Patrol says two people died in a helicopter crash in Hickory County near Cross Timbers. Catalina Richard was a passenger in the helicopter. She was a student at Missouri State and just started working for Lucas Oil, which owned the chopper. Kelly Richard says her sister and the pilot were supposed to fly around at the company's speedway in Wheatland. Something went wrong and they wound up way off course. Click here to read more Facebook

  • An Amber Alert was issued for a missing three-year-old little boy who was taken from his home in Colorado. Police say that the dad, Monty Ray Turner, assaulted Luke Turner's mom before taking the boy. They were believed to be headed to the Ozarks. Click here to read more

  • Former Price is Right host Bob Barker returned to his alma mater at Drury University. He spoke to students about his time in the military and then getting a start in media at KTTS radio. Barker also donated several of his most prestigious awards including his plaque from his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one of his 19 Emmys, and his Hall of Fame plaque. Barker also congratulated the Drury basketball team on their national championship, saying they will be the most remembered team in school history, while he played on the least remembered team in school history. Click here to read more KTTS News

  • The City of Springfield is putting together plans to honor the birthplace of historic Route 66. It'll include a roadside park on College. The City-owned West Meadows area will include a Route 66 roadside park, including a plaza, sculptures, a picnic area, a gateway and more. One feature at the park would be a replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign. Red’s, owned and operated by Sheldon “Red” Chaney and his wife Julia, was a roadside café located on West Chestnut Expressway recognized for opening the world’s first drive-through window. The café’s name was supposed to be Red's Giant Hamburger, but Chaney measured the sign incorrectly and dropped the "er." Red’s opened in 1947 and closed in 1984. The building was torn down in 1997. Hy-Vee is raising money to help the city in their effort. Through Sunday night they have set up a "mock Route 66" all across the store. Click here to read more KTTS News

  • Firefighters worked a fire in east Springfield for over an hour. It took crews from Springfield and Logan-Rogersville to knock out the flames at the townhomes across from Hickory Hills Country Club. Everyone was able to get out OK. Springfield Police blocked off all traffic on Cherry near Highway 65 while crews worked the fire. Click here to read more KTTS News

  • Southbound Kansas Expressway was closed at College after a t-bone crash. At least two people were injured after a car was hit near the intersection. Click here to read more KTTS News

  • A woman is dead after apparently jumping from the eighth story of the Doubletree Hotel in north Springfield. Police say it appears to be a suicide. It's the second apparent suicide at the hotel in the past year. Last July, a woman in her 20s died after falling to her death from the seventh floor. Click here to read more KTTS News