Springfield Police Department

Springfield Police Department

Springfield police have identified a suspect in the shooting deaths of two Springfield residents on March 27 and April 1.  They say they are actively searching for Willie Haughton for his alleged connection to the deaths of Lance Loveless and Robert Hewitt who were found shot to death in their vehicles. He also has an active Greene County warrant on charges of Failure to Appear on Domestic Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Haughton is also a violent criminal known to be armed and dangerous.

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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

Numbers have been released from Tuesday's Officer on a Train operation in Springfield.  According to MSHP Sergeant Jason Pace, during the approximately 1 hour and 40 minute operation, there were 17 traffic stops, 10 citations, one warrant arrest and 12 warnings.

Original Story:

A Burlington Northern-Santa Fe two-car train moved through the center of Springfield today with law enforcement officers onboard.  Others were stationed on motorcycles at railroad crossings to watch for anyone violating crossing laws.

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This story has been updated to reflect an updated time for the president's arrival and subsequent speech.

An airport official says President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield Wednesday won’t be much different than normal operations.

Michele Skalicky

The MSU Department of Safety and Transportation and the Springfield Police Department worked together to practice a variety of scenarios—from injured people on the ground with the possibility of a shooter still in the area to covert searches.  The training took place Tuesday in a residence hall and an academic building.

SPD lieutenant, Jason Laub, said training opportunities like this one, in a realistic environment, are important in helping officers prepare for real life situations.