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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.

Springfield Police Department

Springfield has lost another police dog to retirement.  Service dog, Terra, officially retired from her duties with the Springfield Police Department in November.  The eight-year-old Belgian Malinois retired along with her handler, Officer Jeff Ferneau. 

Terra was born in Holland in 2008 and served the SPD as K9 partner to two officers since 2012.  She was deployed 563 times and was responsible for locating 29 people, making 82 narcotics finds and assisting with 77 arrests.  She’ll spend retirement with Officer Ferneau at his home.

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The latest Public Safety Report from the Springfield Police Department shows a significant increase in vehicle thefts.  That type of crime rose 31 percent from July through September compared to the same period last year.  Vehicles in that category include automobiles, scooters, ATVs, motorcycles and even golf carts.

Springfield Police spokesperson Lisa Cox said they’re seeing the same types of problems surrounding vehicle thefts as they have in the past.

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A Springfield Police Officer has received one of the highest honors a law enforcement person can get. 

Officer David Laws was injured in February when he attempted to contact the driver of a suspicious vehicle near Glenstone and Division.  His leg became caught in the wheel well, and he was dragged while firing shots at the driver to get him to stop.

"The injuries to my leg were more significant than I realized at the time, and I'm working on physical therapy and working with an orthapedist to try to get me back to 100 percent," he said.

Michele Skalicky

The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild celebrated a big milestone this week.  Its subgroup, Community Quilts, which makes quilts for area non-profit organizations, has been busy working to make difficult situations easier for children.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Two days a month, a group of quilters gathers in a space at Springfield’s Village Shopping Center, to create colorful blankets to help those who are hurting in the community.