Greene County

Coverage of Greene County, MO government.

Michele Skalicky

Rulings issued this week by a Missouri Judicial Court judge mean the City of Springfield’s lawsuit against Greene County moves forward.

The rulings by Judge John Beger Tuesday, which denied the city’s request for a partial summary judgment, also mean the city won’t have access to the county jail anytime soon.  The city, in the lawsuit, requested immediate access to the jail.

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Vernon County has offered to house Springfield prisoners at its jail, and Springfield City Council has approved an agreement with officials there to do that.  The 108-bed jail is in Nevada. According to Springfield city officials, Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher contacted Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams after hearing about the city’s challenges in finding a temporary solution to the inmate housing issue.

City of Springfield

There’s a new volunteer opportunity in Greene County.   The Greene County Commission says “Team Greene” will be a group of volunteers who will work in the information booths located in the Historic Courthouse and the Judicial Courts Building. 

The commission is currently seeking volunteers for “Team Greene”.  A minimum of four volunteer hours per week (all on the same day) is requested, but additional volunteer hours may be contributed up to 40 hours per week.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate, and they must attend a training session.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

With spring comes warmer weather, which can also turn severe, as seen with flooding in parts of the southern United States this week.

Most of southwest Missouri received no more than one-and-a-half inches of rain, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Gene Hatch. A small chance of rain is possible this weekend, but nothing extreme.

“Because we were so dry in January and February, it really didn’t lead to anything. As a matter of fact, we didn’t receive any reports of flooding across southwest Missouri and the Missouri Ozarks.”

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens says injuries sustained by a police officer following a recent assault could have been prevented were it not for the gridlock over housing municipal prisoners in the county jail.