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News to Know (2/24/21)

JOPLIN, Mo. – Police conduct a death investigation following a fire in northeast Joplin. Tuesday evening the Joplin Fire Department responded to a house fire at 223 South Galena Avenue. Firefighters found a man already dead inside. Joplin Police Department is investigating. There’s no word yet on whether investigators suspect foul play. Police say they’ll release the victim’s name once they track down the next of kin. We’ll have the latest as it becomes available.

AVILLA, Mo. – A homicide suspect says he killed two people, because they had killed his girlfriend in a separate county. The suspect, 24-year-old Kevin Johnson, is in custody and police say he has admitted to killing Nicole Hodges and Mason McClure. But, he claims he killed them because they had killed his girlfriend, 25-year-old Brylee Obanion. Obanion’s body was found on Saturday along the road in rural Newton County. Autopsy results released Tuesday show she died from suffocation, and was then lit on fire after being put into the ditch. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office was looking for McClure and Hodges as person’s of interest before they were found dead in Avilla.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin School Board unanimously approved a plan to get the high school students back to in-person learning full time. It details a progressive approach to phasing out the AB days the high school is currently using to reduce the number of students on campus. According to the plan, the administration feels with the current trend in numbers that it’s time to begin the re-entry process. That process would begin March first, with freshmen returning to the high school full time. It would continue a weekly approach from there bringing each class back one week at a time.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Navigating the web can present a problem for some seniors. It’s a bigger problem considering registration for covid-19 vaccines is online. But the area agency on aging has that covered. They’re offering their services to Four-Staters 65-years and older who need help registering for vaccine clinics. If you need help registering for a covid-19 vaccine, just call the area agency on aging at 417-781-7562 and leave a message.

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