Thieves steal motorcycles from a storage facility in north Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Thieves recently stole motorcycles worth thousands of dollars from Sun-West Storage in north Springfield.

The manager of the storage facility said the thieves broke into four storage lockers mid-day on Oct. 24.

One tenant, Todd Smith, was tending to his motorcycles inside, when he noticed something suspicious.

“They were kind of doing a surveillance run through there. They were scoping it out, basically.”

Managers of the storage facility caught two men on security footage in a 2000 to 2002 Dodge Dakota truck, breaking into multiple storage lockers last weekend.

Manager Marsha Pope said she noticed something was off during her daily checks Monday morning.

“Monday morning, when I got here, I noticed there were four units that did not have locks,” said Pope.

The owner of Sun-West Storage said they were repairing the entrance gate last weekend. He believes that is how the two men may

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MSHP says motorcycle fatalities are up by 414%; Springfield father says helmet saved his son’s life

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D says motorcycle fatalities are up by 414% from last year.

Troop D says 72 motorcyclists who died in crashes this year did not have helmets on. Under Missouri law, motorcyclists 26-years-old and older are not legally required to wear helmets anymore.

One Springfield father is still encouraging other riders to wear their helmets on the road. Scott Taylor’s son Trey got into a motorcycle wreck back in February. Taylor said he would have lost his son if he had not been wearing a helmet.

“It saved his life,” Scott Taylor said. “No helmet, he’s dead on the scene. Probably instantly.”

The incident left Trey with broken bones all over, a destroyed femur, and most concerning, traumatic brain injuries. He has been recovering for the last several months.

”Trey is doing pretty well,” Taylor said. “He’s progressing as well as the

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Applications open for Springfield Police Department’s first-ever motorcycle safety course

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – You can now apply to participate in the Springfield Police Department’s new motorcycle safety training course.

The first session is set for Saturday, March 28. There are three more sessions available as well on April 18, May 23, and Sept. 12. The one-day, hands-on training course is meant for bikers with some experience to hone in on their safety techniques.

Lt. Robert Byrne with the Springfield Police Department said the course will cover a variety of topics.

“Safe motorcycle operations as far as braking and avoiding, threshold braking, maneuvering and safe acceleration,” he said. “Just extra safety tips beyond basic motorcycle operation to hopefully make the roadways that much safer.”

The program is free for motorcyclists. It is paid for by SPD in conjunction with a grant awarded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Springfield police created the program after seeing an increase in motorcycle

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