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July 19, 2017

‘On the Case with Paula Zahn’ will feature a Taney County murder case when it airs on Sunday night, July 23, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. Central time. The Investigation Discovery channel series will run a show about the 2011 murders of Russell and Rebecca Porter, who were kidnapped from their home in Willard, Missouri, and were shot to death in Cedarcreek, Missouri. The investigation into the disappearance of the Porters was initiated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, but ultimately became a collaborative effort among numerous law enforcement agencies – primarily Greene County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Taney County Sheriff’s Office. Five (5) defendants were eventually convicted for their involvement in the murders: Tony Friend, Windy Friend, Dusty Hicks, Phillip Friend, and Robert Campbell.

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July 14, 2017

On Tuesday, July, 11, 2017, JACOB MCCRACKEN, d/o/b 7/20/1995, of Branson, Missouri entered an open plea without an agreement to two D felonies of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st Degree, two (2) class E felonies of Resisting Arrest, and one (1) class E felony of driving while license revoked in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Tony Williams as a prior and persistent felony offender. Formal sentencing is set on October 3, 2017.

On April, 10, 2017, Trooper Hall of the Missouri State Highway Patrol received a tip that McCracken was on Missouri 165 traveling towards Hollister, Missouri in a gray SUV. McCracken had two active felony warrants for his arrest. Trooper Hall was able to identify the SUV being driven by McCracken and attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle. McCracken took off and during the pursuit ran through a stop sign, drove into the oncoming lane of traffic six times, and endangered other drivers that were on the road. He abandoned his vehicle and the two children that were riding with him in the backseat on Diamond Hill and led Trooper Hall and deputies with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department on a foot chase. With the aid of Trooper Zeller and his K-9 dog, McCracken was tracked to a residence on Wisconsin Road where he was found hiding from officers under a porch and arrested. McCracken had a suspended revoked driver’s license at the time of his arrest.

As a prior and persistent felony offender, McCracken faces a range of punishment for each county of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st Degree of three (3) to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or up to (1) year in the County Jail and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000. For each count of Resisting Arrest and Driving While License Revoked, McCracken is looking at a range of punishment of up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or up to one (1) year in the County Jail and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

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July 14, 2017

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, JAKE M. COMBS, d/o/b 7-18-1995, of Kissee Mills, Missouri, was sentenced on the class C felony of burglary in the second degree and the class C felony of unlawful possession of a firearm, for his role in the break-in of the Cedarcreek Fire Station on December 21, 2016. Associate Circuit Court Judge Eric Eighmy sentenced Combs to seven (7) years in prison on the burglary and three (3) years on the unlawful possession of a firearm. Judge Eric Eighmy denied probation and ordered the sentences are to run consecutive to each other resulting in a total sentence of (10) years. Combs was also ordered as a condition of his incarceration to pay restitution of over $18,000.00.

In the early morning hours of December 21, 2016, Combs and another male drove to the Cedarcreek Fire Station on M Highway, where they forced entry into the building. The men stole several items from inside the fire station before driving one of the fire trucks through the fire engine bay’s retractable door. When the men crashed the truck through the door, the station’s walls were damaged and the door was destroyed. Later that morning, the fire truck was found abandoned and ablaze in a creek bed. Some stolen items from the fire station were recovered in a car the two males had borrowed from a friend. Surveillance cameras recorded the men committing the break-in.

In April of this year, ROBERT E. GRANT, d/o/b 8-25-1979, of Cedarcreek, received a thirteen (13) year sentence as a prior and persistent felony offender from Taney County Circuit Judge Tony Williams for his role in the burglary of the Cedarcreek Fire Station.

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June 28, 2017

Scott Ingalsbe, dob: 10-25-1961, of Reeds Spring, Missouri was found guilty this afternoon of two counts of Sexual Misconduct in the 1st Degree.  A nine (9) woman and three (3) man jury deliberated for just over one hour before delivering its verdict. Associate Circuit Judge Tiffany Yarnell, who presided over the three day trial – which began on Monday, June 26, 2017 – scheduled Ingalsbe’s sentencing for September 19th at 1:00pm.

Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Merrell and Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Christopher W. Lebeck presented evidence that on July 19, 2016, Scott Ingalsbe was hiding in some weeds or bushes beside the sidewalk running between the Branson Rec-Plex and Wal-Mart – a common path for area runners and walkers. Two power walkers, were startled when Scott Ingalsbe came out of the bushes by the sidewalk naked, masturbating. Scott Ingalsbe fled the scene in his unique blue and white pickup truck.

Later, on the morning of September 30, 2016, three mothers were playing with their children at the Branson Rec-Plex playground. One of the women observed Scott Ingalsbe under the pavilion pointing his phone at the playground with his genitals exposed, masturbating. Scott Ingalsbe fled the scene in his unique blue and white pickup truck.

“Without the good communication and cooperation between the Branson Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in locating the pickup truck, Scott Ingalsbe would not have been identified as the suspect and we would not have been able to hold him accountable for his lewd behavior,” said Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell.

The range of punishment for the class A misdemeanor of Sexual Misconduct in the 1st Degree is one (1) day to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000. The jury did not get to hear evidence of Ingalsbe’s prior convictions for sexual misconduct, because Ingalsbe did not testify in his own defense at trial.

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