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The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site.
Police said a Springfield man kidnapped and robbed a woman and beat her multiple times.
Officers say they pulled over Donald Southard and a woman in June near the intersection of East Cherry Street and South Glenstone Avenue, because the officer believed he saw Southard strike the woman.
Southard was arrested, and the woman said he had assaulted and stalked her in the past.
Two weeks later, police received a call from the same woman, who said Southard had hit her several times and forced her into a hotel room by threatening her with a knife.
The woman told officers he then choked her until she fell unconscious and later hung up on 911 when she tried to call. He then stole $600 from her purse, she said.
Southard was charged Tuesday with three counts of domestic assault, one count of robbery, one count of armed criminal action, one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.
A Springfield police report from Monday said a man was arrested on a warrant after police found him rollerblading into oncoming traffic near the intersection of South Scenic Avenue and West Walnut Street.
A Springfield police report from Monday said a woman threw a laptop at another woman in the 1900 block of South Broadway Avenue.
Police say a Kansas man was found in Springfield with meth and a pistol in his car.
Officers say they pulled over Justin Maples in March near the intersection of South Moore Road and West Sunshine Street and found nearly 25 grams of meth in his car, as well as a .22 caliber pistol, according to court documents.
Documents say while transporting Maples to the jail, he stated, “I’m not a piece of (expletive).” Documents say the officer “told Justin I didn’t believe he was, but that the situation of him having a large amount of drugs wasn’t good.”
Maples was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon.
Springfield police reports say there were 23 motor vehicle crashes, five reports of domestic assault and no reports of DWI.
The Nite Note is compiled by Trevor J. Mitchell. Follow him on Twitter @TJM613 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach him by phone at 417-836-1189.