Jury awards $123M to victims in Seattle duck boat crash
SEATTLE (AP) — A jury has awarded about $123 million to the victims and families of a 2015 duck boat crash that killed five college students and injured more than 60 others in Seattle.
Branson police say woman dies after being hit by vehicle
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Branson police say a 49-year-old woman died after she was hit by a vehicle in Branson. Two people with her were seriously hurt.
Laura Curnes, whose hometown was not available, died Saturday evening at a Springfield hospital.
Branson officials say Curnes, her husband Gregory Curnes, and Jani Moncrief were crossing Branson Landing Boulevard Saturday in a marked crosswalk when they were hit by a truck.
Missouri city to honor 17 killed in tour boat accident
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri city where 17 people died in a tour boat accident last year plans to honor the victims somehow but is still determining how to do so.
Feds say Branson man sold drugs linked to 3 overdoses
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri man sold drugs linked to three overdoses, one of them fatal.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that 31-year-old Ryan Brynell, of Branson, is charged in federal court with attempted possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.
Teen posted about plans to buy firearm and ‘make history’
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri high school student faces a felony charge after authorities say he posted on social media that he was going to buy an assault rifle and "make history."
North America’s largest cross in Missouri to open to public
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Kerry Brown tells me that it was his father who years ago had the idea of building a giant cross in Walnut Shade, north of Branson.
It was his father, Dean, who in 2007 formed the nonprofit called Images at the Cross. At least 10 years ago, his father leased and later purchased the land at Highways 65 and 160 where the cross now stretches into the sky from atop a hill.
Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in southwest Missouri and killed 17 people, including nine members of an Indiana family, didn't tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship even after waves crashed into the boat during a severe storm, according to an indictment released Thursday.
Powerful water pump removed from duck boat that sank
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Records show a water pump had been replaced with a less powerful system in a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people.
Definition of a lake is focus of duck boats court hearing
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The legal definition of what constitutes a lake was the focus of a court hearing concerning a tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people.
The Kansas City Star reports a federal judge heard arguments Thursday on whether Table Rock Lake in Branson is a "navigable waterway."
3 suffer minor injuries after mountain coaster crash
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Two carts on a mountain coaster crashed into each other earlier this month in Branson, sending three people to the hospital with minor injuries.
Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation
Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims' family members.
The Latest: Lawyers blast legal move in fatal boat accident
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the lawsuits over a July tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people (all times local):
A survivor of a July tourist boat accident that killed 17 people in Missouri and attorneys representing deceased family members are calling the latest legal filing by two companies facing multiple lawsuits insulting and insensitive.
The attorneys also said Monday night in a statement that there have been no settlement offers.
Company wants some Missouri boat death lawsuits dropped
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The company that owns the Ride the Ducks operation in Branson asked a judge Monday to dismiss some of the lawsuits filed after one of its boats sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people.
Indiana man, 97, drowns in lake near Missouri tourist town
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 97-year-old Indiana man has died after he was found floating in a lake near the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the drowning victim as Clarence Leohr, of Clay City, Indiana. He was found floating Saturday in Lake Taneycomo at the Tanglewood Resort about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) northeast of Branson.
Hawley defends duck boat lawsuit in latest court filing
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is defending his lawsuit against the operators of a duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people.
Hawley's August lawsuit accuses Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment Inc. of violating Missouri's consumer protection law and putting profits above safety, citing the July 19 accident on Table Rock Lake.
Branson motels see signs of improvement
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — On his first day with the Branson Police Department in 2012, Stan Dobbins told the sergeant on duty, "Take me to your problem area. I need to see the problem."
Dobbins, who served as assistant chief and then chief of the department before taking over as Branson's city administrator, said the sergeant drove him to an extended-stay motel.
Families of duck boat victims oppose delay in lawsuits
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The families of some of the 17 people who died after a duck boat sank in Missouri say federal prosecutors might delay their efforts to get answers about the July 19 crash.
The Kansas City Star reports that federal prosecutors have asked a judge to halt the civil lawsuits related to the crash on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, until their criminal investigation is complete.
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Duck boat operators criticize attorney general’s lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The operators of a Missouri duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people, say in a court filing that a lawsuit from Missouri's attorney general is "irresponsible" and "littered with factual inaccuracies and innuendo."
4 hurt after tram hit a tree at outdoor theater in Branson
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say four women were hurt after a passenger tram hit a tree at an entertainment venue in the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened Thursday at the Shepard of the Hills outdoor theater. The patrol says the tram was going downhill on a private path when the brakes locked up. The tram started skidding and ran off the roadway before striking a wooden fence and a tree.
Missouri attorney general sues over deadly duck boat sinking
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Hawley on Friday sued the owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, alleging that the companies violated the state's consumer protection law and put profits above safety.
Prosecutors: Possible negligence in Missouri boat sinking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has found probable cause that the sinking of a tourist boat on a Missouri lake last month that killed 17 people "resulted from the misconduct, negligence, or inattention to the duties" by the captain of the boat, according to a court motion filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors.
Coast Guard refers duck boat case for criminal investigation
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has referred the investigation into last month's deadly sinking of a Missouri tourist boat to federal prosecutors, officials said Tuesday.
Man who tried to save boat victims alleges emotional stress
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A former employee of a southwestern Missouri paddlewheel tourist boat alleges in a lawsuit that he suffered post-traumatic stress after trying to save victims of a fatal duck boat accident.
Plane Just Misses Van Crossing Missouri Runway
Plane narrowly misses van crossing runway for barbecue
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A jetliner taking off narrowly missed hitting an airport van that crossed a runway to go to an employee barbecue.
The Envoy Air jet, with 50 passengers and 3 crew members aboard, was taking off on June 27 from Missouri's Springfield-Branson National Airport. Video shows the van cleared the jet's path with seconds to spare.
Survivor of duck boat sinking urges ban on such crafts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman whose husband and three children died when a duck boat sank last month in Missouri said Tuesday she hopes to save lives by backing an effort to ban the amphibious tourist boats.
Tia Coleman, speaking through tears during a news conference in her Indianapolis home, urged people to sign an online petition calling on federal officials to ban the boats.
Passengers rescued from bungee ride after becoming stranded
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two passengers on a bungee ride in the tourist town of Branson had to be rescued after becoming stuck 100 feet in the air.
Man dies in southwest Missouri golf cart accident
BRANSON WEST, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died in a golf cart accident in southwest Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as 78-year-old William Hunt, of Branson West. The patrol says the golf cart he was driving overturned Monday night while he was attempting to make a right turn near the Stone County town of Branson West.
He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are reviewing cellphones, a camera and a recording device found with a duck boat that sank in a storm last month in southern Missouri, as part of investigations into the disaster that killed 17 people .
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman has been charged with first-degree murder after a car plunged into the Kansas River and the body of her 5-year-old daughter was pulled from the water.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson on Monday charged 26-year-old Scharron Renea Dingledine, of Columbia, in the death of her daughter. Dingledine is also charged with attempted first-degree murder stemming from critical injuries to her 1-year-old son, who remains hospitalized.
Missouri man sentenced for Branson love triangle killing
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to more than 20 years for a fatal love-triangle shooting in Branson.
The Taney County prosecuting attorney says 23-year-old Dakota Claypole, of Branson, was sentenced Friday to 21 years for second-degree murder and 21 years for armed criminal action. The sentences are to be served at the same time.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tourist boat was on the lake despite wind speeds far exceeding allowable limits when it sank last month in Missouri, killing 17 people, according to a certificate of inspection made public Wednesday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fifty-three members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a duck boat sank in Missouri described their pain and unfathomable loss Tuesday while calling for a ban on the amphibious tourist boats that their attorney likened to "coffins and death traps."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the sinking of tourist boat in Branson(all times local):
Dozens of members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a duck bank sank this month in Missouri are calling for a ban on the tourist boats.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people's safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed over the sinking of tourist boat in Branson (all times local):
The Missouri attorney general's office says it has opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the tourist boat that sank on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people.
Attorney General Josh Hawley's office confirmed Monday that it has an open investigation under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act into the July 19 duck boat incident at Table Rock Lake.
FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) — A woman who prosecutors say planned the death of a 72-year-old Missouri man who was left beaten and bound in a vehicle faces life in prison after being convicted in the death.
Forty-year-old Brandy Shaddox, of Branson, was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the November 2015 death of 72-year-old Larry Adams, of Hollister. Adams died of hypothermia after being found in an abandoned car near Walnut Shade.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for five of the nine members of an Indianapolis family killed when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake (all times local):
Hundreds of people are attending the funeral for five of the nine members of an Indianapolis family who were killed when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake during a storm.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Video and audio recordings from a fatal tourist boat accident in Missouri show that the lake went from calm to deadly dangerous in a matter of minutes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.
The NTSB cited preliminary findings gathered from the video recorder camera system salvaged by divers after the duck boat sank July 19 at Table Rock Lake near Branson. Seventeen of the 31 people on board died, including nine family members from Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A father and three children who were among nine members of a close-knit Indiana family killed in a tourist boat accident were remembered Friday during a nearly three-hour service attended by hundreds who showed up to support their surviving relatives.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for four members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake (all times local):
Hundreds of people have filled an Indianapolis church for funeral services for four of the nine Indiana family members killed when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake.
Missouri man charged with impersonating an officer
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Branson man who is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer was arrested after trying to arrest someone.
Forty-one-year-old Kristopher Peters also was charged Tuesday with kidnapping in the case. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in Arkansas says he won't file charges against two national park rangers in connection with the shooting death of a Missouri man who was camping near the Buffalo National River.
The National Park Service says U.S. Attorney Duane Kees has determined that the rangers, who have not been identified, were justified in the August 2017 fatal shooting of 34-year-old Jonathan Bolger of Branson at the Spring Creek Campground near Yellville.
Better Business Bureau warns of Branson timeshares
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Better Business Bureau is warning people to do their research before buying a timeshare in Branson and to beware of high-pressure sales tactics.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Tuesday that she wants to enshrine into law federal recommendations to improve duck boat safety such as getting rid of canopies that can trap passengers if the vehicles sink, a move that comes after a deadly accident in Missouri.
McCaskill said during a speech on the Senate floor that she is drafting legislation following the sinking of a sightseeing boat last week on Table Rock Lake near Branson that killed 17 people.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Funerals have been set for five more members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake last week.
A church spokeswoman says services will be held Saturday at Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis for 70-year-old Horace Coleman; his 69-year-old wife, Belinda Coleman; 76-year-old Ervin Coleman; 45-year-old Angela Coleman; and her 2-year-old son, Maxwell Coleman.
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly sinking of a duck boat in a southern Missouri lake (all times local):
A prayer vigil is being held in an Indianapolis church for members of a family that lost nine of its members when a sightseeing boat on a Missouri lake capsized, killing 17 people.
Hundreds of people gathered at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church to show their support for the Coleman family.
The investigation into the sinking of a sightseeing boat that claimed 17 lives will look at whether operators violated Coast Guard rules by venturing onto a Missouri lake as thunderstorms rolled in, a Coast Guard official said Monday.
More than three days after the deadly accident, a crane attached to a barge pulled the amphibious duck boat from Table Rock Lake near Branson, where it was submerged in 80 feet (24 meters) of water.