Ozark Deaths Keep Police Busy

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Ozark Police are hoping the New Year will be less stressful than the last few weeks.

Several murders took place in their city.

The streets are calm and residents like Brenda Shelly are going about their daily routines as usual here in Ozark, not allowing the recent murders to keep her from coming out.

"It didn't really change my feelings about my security in Ozark,” Shelley said.

Ozark Police have been busy bringing in the New Year, solving three deaths in the past 32 days.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said, "The murder on Orange Lane, that was drug related. The home invasion, that was drug related. Of course the second homicide was domestic related and the most recent homicide on King Ave., basically seemed to stem from some type of argument or altercation."

Chief Spivey with says the holidays play a potential role in the number of murders each year. "It seems like you do see an increase in homicides during the holiday time, especially if they’re driven by domestic violence."

Chief Spivey says there is always a fluctuation with the homicides. For a few years, the town remained quiet, but suddenly there were three or four in a short time span. "We live in a good community; we have good people that live here,” he said. “Unfortunately, this is just a bad time."

Shelly says it is an unfortunate chain of events; it didn't change her perspective of the town she has lived in for the past 35 years. "I don't feel really unsafe,” she said. “I do keep all my doors locked, always lock my car when I get out of it.”

Chief Spivey says the last time there was an increase in homicides was in the mid-90s, with six to seven deaths that year.

Chief Spivey adds that all suspects in the murder cases have been arrested.

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