Springfield Police Department

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A Springfield Police Officer has received one of the highest honors a law enforcement person can get. 

Officer David Laws was injured in February when he attempted to contact the driver of a suspicious vehicle near Glenstone and Division.  His leg became caught in the wheel well, and he was dragged while firing shots at the driver to get him to stop.

"The injuries to my leg were more significant than I realized at the time, and I'm working on physical therapy and working with an orthapedist to try to get me back to 100 percent," he said.

Michele Skalicky

The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild celebrated a big milestone this week.  Its subgroup, Community Quilts, which makes quilts for area non-profit organizations, has been busy working to make difficult situations easier for children.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Two days a month, a group of quilters gathers in a space at Springfield’s Village Shopping Center, to create colorful blankets to help those who are hurting in the community.

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Driving while drowsy or sleep deprived can be as dangerous as drunk driving. A 2005 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found over 100,000 police-reported crashes are a direct result of driver fatigue each year.

But the estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses might be underreported statistics, because it is still difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness.

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A parent of the child was located at approximately 5 p.m. Monday. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident is ongoing.

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Springfield Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an unattended female toddler found walking down the street.

City of Springfield

Exactly 142 years after his death, the Springfield Police Department will host a memorial ceremony in honor of the service and sacrifice of the late Deputy Constable Andrew J. Russell.