Cassville man dies in MO 76 crash with semi

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – A fatal crash on MO 76 Highway claims the life of a 28-year-old Cassville man.

The crash happened on Thursday around 3:24 pm in Barry County, Missouri, about five miles southeast of Cassville. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Ford Taurus crossed the center line and hit a Freightliner (semi).

The driver of the Taurus, Walter Hooper III, died at the scene.

Police charge potential suspect for Hit-and-Run death of Aurora, Mo. man

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says they have charged a suspect who they say is responsible for the hit-and-run death of an Aurora, Missouri man.

The Incident occurred on July 15, 2022, on Farm Road 1180.

The MSHP says Patrick E. Anderson, 38, was fatally wounded after a red Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck failed to yield and struck his Kawasaki ZX10R motorcycle, According to Trooper Sam Carpenter.

According to Trooper Sam Carpenter, the driver of the truck fled the scene on a bicycle and was later picked up by an unknown driver away from the scene.

>>Driver flees the scene of a fatal Barry County crash

As more information surfaces, Law Enformencet Officer Colton J. Beck says he has probable cause to believe Derek Christopher Coburn, 19, is responsible for the collision that claimed Anderson’s life.

According to Beck, a witness said that Derek C. Coburn contacted them about wanting to steal a red Chevrolet pickup truck, which was later confirmed to be the one involved in the fatal crash.

Patrick Anderson

The witness further stated that they observed Coburn steal the Chevrolet pickup from an address in Monett, Barry County, which he later used to commit a burglary at a shop owned by the 2001 Chevrolet pickup owner.

Police say the tools stolen during the burglary were later recovered at a residence and identified by the original tool owner.

Multiple witnesses, including Derek’s mother, provided incriminating evidence to law enforcement, according to the MSHP.

Police say a warrant has been issued and police are requesting the following charges:

  • Murder 2nd Degree – Felony Murder
  • Flight From Officers – Drug Perpetration
  • Leaving Scene Of Accident – Accident Resulting In Death
  • Tampering With Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree

The MSHP says Derek Coburn is known to local law enforcement as a multiple-offense felony suspect.

I believe there is probable cause that Derek Coburn committed multiple felonies prior to killing someone in the commission of a felony, and showed total disregard for the victim, failing to render aid or request aid be rendered by any qualified person to the victim, leaving the victim’s body tangled in barbed wire in a fencerow. The alleged probable cause listed above has shown Derek Coburn’s disregard for others and their safety when it comes to his will in committing felonious actions. – Colton J. Beck


Pedestrian injured in multi-vehicle crash in Grove, Okla

GROVE, Okla. – On October 19th, early morning reports of an injury crash just 3 miles north of Grove, Oklahoma alerted Delaware County Emergency Services.

Just after 7:00 a.m., Delaware County Dispatch received reports of a multi-vehicle crash that involved a pedestrian.

The Delaware County detachment Troop L, assisted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Cowskin Fire Dept, and the Grove Fire Dept. responded to the scene.

Investigations revealed that a 2013 Dodge Avenger driven by Pamela Albright, 75, was driving northbound on OK-10 when it struck a 2007 Ford Focus stopped in the northbound lane driven by Leanne Young, 40.

According to the crash report, pedestrian Brian Choate, 51, was assessing the damage to a separate crash while standing beside the stopped Ford Focus.

The Dodge Avenger struck both Choate and the Focus before all parties came to a stop.

Officers indicate the cause of the collision was due to speeds deemed higher than reasonable

Choate and Albright were taken to area hospitals in stable condition for injury treatment.

SEK gets $6M for local highway improvements

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – The State of Kansas selects 34 cities to receive a total of $28.65 million for local highway improvements.

Governor Laura Kelley announced the funding today. It’s through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s “City Connecting Link Improvement Program.” Cities will use the funds to do the following in both rural and urban areas:

  • preserve and improve pavement
  • add turn lanes
  • modify intersections along essential roadways

“By making this investment, we’re improving the safety and accessibility of Kansas roadways that are local centers of community life,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Through these grants, we’re delivering economic opportunities throughout rural and urban Kansas.”

Governor Kelly and Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz announced the CCLIP awards in Fort Scott, where $1.5 million in CCLIP funds will be directed to improvements on U.S. 54, also known as Wall Street.

“KDOT was able to increase CCLIP funding level for this selection cycle by more than $10 million over previous years due to additional federal funds coming to Kansas as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation (BIL). Both federal and state funds are designated for the CCLIP program and local matching funds are required based on city population,” states Gov. Kelly’s Office.

“With the Connecting Link program, KDOT partners with communities to find solutions to support local transportation priorities,” Transportation Secretary Lorenz said. “I very much appreciate the power of the state and communities pooling funds to make improvements.”

A City Connecting Link is defined as any routing of the State Highway System located within the corporate limits of a city, not including the Interstate System. For this CCLIP cycle applying to state fiscal years 2024-2025, KDOT received 54 applications requesting $38 million.

Miami City Council celebrates upcoming auto business

MIAMI, Okla. – The Miami City Council today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a forthcoming business.

Council Officials say the destruction of the old Ford Ford building in downtown Miami now makes way for the Vance Auto Group.

located at 521 Main Street, Vance Auto Group owners are eager to begin construction on the lot.

Watch KOAM and Fox 14 tonight to see the whole story live or come back later for additional content.

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Single-vehicle crash claims one life in Delaware County

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. – Just after 2:00 P.M. on October 9th, reports of a single-vehicle crash alerted Delaware County Police Dispatch.

When Officers arrived, they located a crashed Ford F150 3.7 miles north of Colcord on S 670 Road.

While investigating the scene, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol determined that the F150, driven by James Gann, 67, was heading northbound when he exited the road.

According to the crash report, Gann’s vehicle departed the roadway and struck multiple before rolling approximately 1 ½ times.

The report indicates that Gann was trapped for an unknown period of time and ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene by Jay EMS personnel.

The OHP says its report is based on the trooper’s investigation of this collision.

Former Miami Ford building is coming down in Miami, Okla.

MIAMI, Okla. — The former Miami Ford building, 521 North Main, is being demolished to make way for a new dealership.

Melinda Bowman-Stotts of the Miami Chamber of Commerce tells us it will become the, “New Vance Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!


The building was erected by Charles Burtrum, “Home of Fine Automobiles” in 1948 and built in an Art Deco Style. Burtrum’s family also owned dealerships in the region.  According to family history in his early years, he and his brother, Joe, owned and operated the Burtrum Brothers Motor Company in Granby, Mo. He later owned the Chevrolet dealership in Paris, Texas. He owned and operated the Burtrum Lincoln-Mercury and the Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Dodge GMC dealerships. Burtrum passed away in April of 2005 at the age of 91 in Arizona.

A small crowd braved the rain Tuesday, October 11 for a ceremonial ground-breaking and tearing down walls.

Appropriately a 2023 Dodge pickup pulled down a section of wall as VIPs, including John Vance, used golden hammers to do some demo work of their own.

“I’d like to thank everyone for coming today. This is a momentous day for Main Street in Miami. We are excited about taking this building down,” John Vance of Vance Auto Group said to the crowd.

When questioned the opening of the new location on the site he said, “Sometime in 2023!”

Click 👉🏼 here to visit Vance Auto Group on social media. 


December 8: Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman returns with his annual holiday tour “A Very Merry Christmas!” at historic Coleman Theater.

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MDC says Missouri drivers are among the most likely in the nation to collide with wildlife

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation says the upcoming fall months mean drivers are more likely to collide with wildlife.

“Due to increased wild animal movement in the fall, it is not uncommon to see more dead deer and other wildlife along the nearly 34,000 miles of state roads,” The Department said. “The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists that there are several options that can be taken when a deer/vehicle collision results in the death of the animal.”

According to Missouri law, an individual who has struck and killed a deer with their vehicle may claim the deer carcass if written authorization to possess the deer is granted by a Missouri Department of Conservation agent.

Officials say the Wildlife Dispensation permit is free, but Missouri residents must contact the Missouri Department of Conservation to obtain the permit.

State Farm Insurance says that the Show-Me State now ranks 14th in the country for potential animal collisions.

The data indicate that Missouri drivers have a 1 in 74 chance of hitting an animal on the road.

“Fall is breeding season and deer are on the move, especially in the dark as days grow shorter,” said Natalie Roark, state maintenance director. “Although deer strikes can occur at any time, the majority of these crashes occur in the twilight hours before sunrise and just after sunset in October and November, with the largest number taking place in November.”

According to 2021 statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, drivers in Missouri experienced 3,779 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred.

In these crashes, there were three fatalities and 420 people were injured.

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EMS pronounce golf cart driver deceased after two-vehicle collision

CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. –  On September 21, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officers responded to a crash on US-59 approximately 151 feet West of St. Louis Street in Welch, Oklahoma.

At approximately 10:00 A.M., an EZ-Cart Golf cart Driven by Stephen King, 60, was stopped in a private drive while waiting for traffic to clear.

King accelerated to cross the road but he then struck the side of a 2019 Dodge Ram driven by Stephen Hunter, 72, of Welch, Oklahoma.

According to the Police Report, King was knocked out of his cart after the collision. As a result, the trailer pulled behind Hunter struck King.

Mercy EMS pronounced King dead on the scene due to injuries sustained during the collision.

This incident was investigated by the OHP Northeast Region and the report is based upon the trooper’s investigation of this collision.

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