News to Know: Webb City standoff ends with 2 in jail, Kansas legalizes sports betting, and Spiva Park renovation underway

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Police in Webb City arrest two burglary suspects after a standoff. Officers arrived Thursday morning to the 1600 Block of South Oronogo, responding to a call about a burglary in progress. Officers say they found the suspects in a home on the 900 Block of West 1st Street. When the suspects refused to come out of the home, the Jasper County Special Response Team was called in and authorities used chemicals to force them out of the home, and arrest them. Due to the close proximity to Webb City Junior High, the district set up an alternate pickup after classes. Read more about the standoff here.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – A happy ending in the search for a missing 12-year old girl in Newton County, Missouri. Wednesday night officers and the community searched for 12-year old Itali Savage, a suspected run-away. The family says the girl has health issues that could be aggravated by the heat. Numerous law enforcement agencies, search groups and even a bloodhound participated in the search. The girl’s mother found her walking along I-49 around 1:00am Thursday morning.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signs legislation to legalize sports betting in Kansas. The new law will allow people in the state to use phone or computer apps to bet on sporting events and to place bets at state-owned casinos, though it’s not clear yet how soon the wagering could begin. Most of the state’s share of revenues from the new gambling will go to efforts to lure the Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri to Kansas. Click here for the latest on sports betting in Kansas and lawsuit already filed over it.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The warm weather has a Joplin organization breaking out the gardening gloves and green thumbs. The Joplin Arts Council took on a project to renovate Spiva Park. With the help of real estate firm Keller Williams in the form of a grant, they did just that. They say it is the prettiest park and it should be treated as such.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: A handful of elementary students in California are rushed to the hospital after eating a bag of Hot Cheetos laced with marijuana. Police say the child who packed the bag in his lunch didn’t know they were edibles. This morning we are asking if you think kids should be allowed to bring home-packed food to school? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.

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