Community Partnership

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Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers saw a record year in 2017. The Community Partnership of the Ozarks program, saw an increase of 135 percent in tip follow-ups. Tip follow-ups occur when a tipster calls back into the Crime Stoppers hotline or leaves a message in its anonymous chat, according to Rachel Kleemann, a Springfield police officer and Coordinator of Crime Stoppers.

Because of the Crime Stoppers program, Kleemann said, law enforcement has a better chance of apprehending criminals.

Michele Skalicky

Update June 7:  Homeless individuals in Springfield continue seeking services at the Multi-Agency Resource Center set up this week at Kearney and Glenstone.  The MARC is being operated there in ahead of the removal of a homeless camp in the 2000 block of E. Kearney.

Tuesday—the second day the MARC was open--54 more people were served by 4 p.m. with 26 of those from the Kearney St. camp.  That brings the total number of people served to 110.

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You can get rid of your old prescription medicine this weekend during the Prescription Drug Take-Back.  Several locations in southwest Missouri, including Springfield and Nixa, will accept the drugs tomorrow (9/26). 

The take-back events offer a safe way to dispose of unused or expired prescription and over the counter meds, which helps to eliminate potential public safety concerns and water contamination.

All medicine, except for sharps and inhalers, will be accepted for free.  Labels and personal information don't need to be removed from the packaging.

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An event next week in Springfield is aimed at veterans in need.  Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the American Red Cross are teaming up for the Veterans Stand Down Tuesday September 23rd from 10 to 6 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.