Jim Arnott

Temporary jail facility
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Greene County says it expects a temporary jail facility to open this November in order to house an influx of inmates and reduce the costs of transporting them elsewhere.

Greene County Commissioners announced Wednesday they finalized a lease last week for the temporary structure. It will be located next to its existing jail, which has a capacity of 601 inmates.

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The Greene County Sheriff’s Office will once again accept municipal prisoners after the county and city of Springfield reached a jail agreement, ending a more than two-year impasse.

Presiding Commission Bob Cirtin made the announcement during a press conference Friday afternoon.

“The Greene County Commission and the Sheriff’s Office has reached an agreement with the city of Springfield to once again accept Springfield municipal prisoners and to help us manage the jail,” said Cirtin.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin received a buzz cut from the county's sheriff, Jim Arnott, Wednesday in the rotunda of the Historic Greene County Courthouse.  He told county employees he would have his head shaved if their participation in the United Way campaign doubled from last year.  It more than doubled.

"The county employees are very generous, and they rose to the occasion and so here we are.  We're supporting a good cause and having a little bit of fun doing it," Cirtin said.

Methamphetamine is still a significant problem in Southwest Missouri even though the number of mom and pop meth labs has dropped sharply. Michele Skalicky reports.

Methamphetamine production used to be a huge problem in the Ozarks. In 2004, 2788 meth labs were seized in Missouri, making the state the number one state for lab seizures.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department will hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday (5/5) in Northern Greene County. Michele Skalicky reports.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department will make an extra effort this weekend to get drunk drivers off the road. They'll hold a checkpoint somewhere in Northern Greene County from 11 tomorrow night until 3 o'clock Sunday morning.

Chief Deputy Jim Arnott says there's a reason they chose that location