Springfield Police Department

Springfield’s Zone 1 candidates shared their vision for the city’s north side Thursday while offering opinions ranging from repercussions for the police chief to the future of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. 

Incumbent Phyllis Ferguson and challenger Thomas Quinn took questions for an hour Thursday before some 50 attendees at the Library Station. The forum was arranged by the Springfield News-Leader, which began the event with a series of questions before lending way to citizen queries.

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After the announcement this week that the Springfield Police Department will begin enforcing an ordinance on the books since 1981 concerning vehicles left running and unattended, there were lots of negative comments on social media.

Someone asked, “is this a joke?” Others questioned whether this is a ploy by the police department to bring in new revenue.

But department spokesperson Lt. Grant Dorrell said the motive behind deciding to enforce Ordinance 106-33  is simply this:  to reduce the number of vehicle thefts in Springfield, which have been increasing in recent years.

Springfield Police Department

The endangered person advisory that was issued for Mackenzie M. Whisnant has been canceled.  The teen has been located, and is safe.  According to the Springfield Police Department, "Whisnant was located at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson County, Missouri, by the Oak Grove Police Department...Further investigation is underway, and additional details will be forthcoming."

Chris Straw, Building Development Services

Stand in front of an old, white, multi-story house on W. Hamilton in Springfield's Grant Beach Neighborhood and you can see why it's been a source of frustration for neighbors for a long time. The front and back doors are wide open--so are several windows.  There's a couch in the front yard, tires in a side yard and a large pile of junk just behind the house.  The inside is in a state of disrepair, and a steady stream of water flows from a broken pipe under the kitchen sink, flooding the floor."

City of Springfield

UPDATE:  Thirteen-year-old Rachel Mosher has been found.  A bus driver for City Utilities' transit system located her at a bus stop at Campbell and Broadmoor.  

Original Story:  The Springfield Police Department continues searching for a missing and endangered child and is asking for the public’s help in finding her. Thirteen-year-old Rachel A. Mosher left a relative's home in the 500 block of E. Deerfield in Springfield at around 6 last night.  She was last seen in the area of Campbell and Walnut Lawn.