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Springfield woman dies from injuries suffered in October 8 accident

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 21:08


(From the Springfield Police Department)

On Oct. 19, 2021, 40-year-old Catherine Williams from Springfield, MO, died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash early this month.

On Oct. 8, 2021, at 6:13 a.m., Springfield police were dispatched to the intersection of Fort and Sunshine regarding a two-vehicle crash.



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The initial investigation indicates a 2019 Nissan Murano was northbound on Fort approaching the intersection with Sunshine. A 2009 Ford Focus, driven by Ms. Williams, was southbound on Fort and began a turn east on Sunshine. A collision occurred between the two vehicles that resulted in both drivers being transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

We have been in contact with Ms. Williams’ family and they have been notified of her passing.

Officers with the department’s Traffic Section are continuing to investigate the circumstances involved in the crash and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.

This motor vehicle crash marks the 24th traffic fatality in Springfield in 2021.
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Springfield Police investigating Applebee's parking lot assault as homicide

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 21:02


(From the Springfield Police Department)

On Sept. 1, 2021, at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to the Applebee’s parking lot at 2430 N. Glenstone Ave. due to a 911 caller stating a subject had been assaulted.
 When officers arrived, they located a male who had suffered injuries from an assault. The male was transported to a local hospital for treatment.


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The victim, identified as 64-year-old Ronald Himmelberg from Springfield, MO, succumbed to his injuries on Set.12, 2021. Notifications were made to Mr. Himmelberg’s family and due to the circumstances surrounding his death, details of the case were kept confidential until the suspect could be located by SPD’s Violent Crimes Unit.

The case is currently being reviewed by the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office.

Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

This incident marks the 20th homicide for 2021.
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Springfield man killed by police during hostage-taking incident

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 21:07


(From the Springfield Police Department)

On Oct.17, 2021, at 1:10 p.m., a Springfield Police Officer was at the Kum N Go at 215 S. Kansas Expressway when the officer observed a wanted suspect walking on the sidewalk in front of the business. 
When the officer approached the suspect and attempted to contact him, the male refused to comply with commands and ran from the officer. 
During the foot pursuit, the suspect displayed a handgun and fired shots at the officer. The officer returned fire at the suspect, but it is not believed that the suspect was struck. A bullet penetrated the material of officer’s uniform, however the officer was not struck by a projectile and did not require any medical attention. The suspect continued to flee by running west from the location and officers lost sight of him.


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At approximately 1:14 p.m., the Springfield Police Department received a 911 call from a female stating a male, armed with a gun, entered her residence at 1800 W. Elm. 
While officers were arriving on scene, the female caller was able to exit the residence with her child. A male resident was still inside the house being held hostage by the armed suspect. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence and started negotiations with the suspect while members of the SPD Special Response Team forced entry into the residence. 
Officers observed the male suspect and hostage engaged in a struggle over the firearm. An officer then fired shots at the suspect striking him several times causing him to drop his weapon and freeing the hostage. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for gunshot wounds where he later succumbed to his injuries. The hostage and officers were not injured during this incident.

The deceased male was identified as Douglas J. Knakmuhs, a 40-year-old male from Springfield, Missouri. Next of kin notifications have been made to Knakmuhs’ family.

Both officers involved in the shootings have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal and concurrent criminal investigation. This case will be presented to the Greene County Prosecutor for review.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

This incident marks the nineteenth homicide for 2021.
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Springfield, Willard residents killed in head-on collision

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 19:57

Two people were killed and another person injured in a two-vehicle collision 5:05 p.m. Sunday on Farm Road 105, a half-mile north of Willard.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Robert Hicks, 28, Willard, crossed the center of the roadway and struck a 2007 Mini Cooper driven by 17-year-old Springfield girl head on.


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The 17-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:12 p.m. by Greene County Medical Examiner Kayla Bates.

Dr. Marvin Hanner at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, pronounced Hicks dead at 6:13 p.m.

A passenger in the Hicks vehicle, Davey Hicks, 27, Springfield, was treated for moderate injuries at Mercy.

The fatalities were the 105th and 106th this year for Highway Patrol Troop D.

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