Humboldt man killed in a wreck with a semi

NEOSHO COUNTY, Kan. – A man dies following a crash in Neosho County, Kansas.

It happened Monday a little before 1:00 p.m. on K-47 at Elk Road. Kansas Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 71-year-old Carol Hucke of Parsons, Kansas and her passenger 71-year-old Charles Greer of Humboldt, Kansas were traveling east when they turned in front of a semi.

The semi hit the passenger side of the car, killing Greer. Hucke was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Escaped McDonald County inmates captured

NOEL, Mo. – Authorities capture all three inmates who escaped from the McDonald County Jail over the weekend. In a post on Facebook, Sheriff Rob Everson said David Molina, Carmelo Burgos and Shun’tavion Thomas were taken into custody in Noel, Missouri without any injuries.

(Previous story: McDonald County authorities release update on search for escaped inmates)

The three escaped the detention center Saturday July 24, after attacking an on duty detention officer. Officials say all three were being held in the McDonald County Detention Center for violent offenses, and at the time of the search were considered armed and dangerous.

The sheriff’s office says the female Detention Officer who was attacked sustained minor injuries during the escape and is recuperating at this time.

Jasper County police arrest two caught stealing mail

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Police arrest two people in Jasper County for stealing mail, including an envelope that contained a $1,200 check.

On June 22, a Jasper County Deputy was checking a vehicle under the White Oak Birdge near State Highway 37 and Incline Road when he saw a male sitting in a tall grassy area. Police say he ducked down as if to hide. The deputy made contact with two people in the area, 49-year-old Frederick Foshag of Carthage, Missouri and 49-year-old Heidi Masters of Pittsburg, Kansas. Both had warrants out for their arrest.

While investigating the area, the deputy found opened mail where the two were sitting. Among the mail was a check for over $1,200. The owner of the mail was contacted and the mail was returned.

11 people injured in southwestern Missouri crash

HOLLISTER, Mo. (AP) – Eleven people have been treated for mostly minor injuries after a shuttle bus and a car collided in southwestern Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident happened at 12:25 a.m. Monday in Taney County, in the Branson area. Two passengers on the bus were treated for moderate injuries. The other passengers and both drivers suffered minor injuries.

The patrol says the bus was turning onto Highway 86 and was struck by a Ford Mustang. All of the bus passengers were from Branson. The bus driver is from Holiday Hills, Arkansas, and the Mustang driver is from Ridgedale, Missouri.

Woman killed in wreck west of Adair, OK

ADAIR, Okla. – A Northeast Oklahoma woman dies following a wreck in Mayes County Wednesday evening.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol it happened at 4:19 p.m. at the intersection of US-28 and 427 Road. Police say a car heading east failed to yield at stop sign and collided with a truck. The driver of the car, 22-year-old Leah Hendrex of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma died at the scene.

The other driver received treatment for injuries at the hospital and was released.

This article has corrected that it was the car, not the truck, that failed to yield.

$5,000 reward offered for escaped Cherokee County inmates

COLUMBUS, Kan. – Cherokee County, Kansas authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of two escapees from the Cherokee County Jail.

(Previous Story: Two inmates escape Cherokee County jail overnight)

30-year-old Mark Hopkins II and 34-year-old Michael Martstolf escaped the Columbus facility at 11:00 p.m. Monday May 24, 2021. Hopkins was held in

connection to a June 2020 double homicide, and Martstolf was held on felony narcotic charges. Police believe they escaped through the jail’s sewer system. Both escapees are considered armed and dangerous.

Law enforcement also recovered the white passenger car they believe the inmates left the jail in.

Anyone with information on the escapees should call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 429-3992 or submit a tip through text at 888777. Just type “tip cherokee” followed by the information.

Newton County to vote on ambulance district tax levy rate

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Voters in Newton County, Missouri will head to the polls Tuesday, April 6 to vote on a new tax levy rate for the county’s ambulance district.

The current levy rate is not quite 19 cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation. If approved, the new rate would be 35 cents. Officials with the ambulance district say the levy raise would help pay for new equipment and provide more competitive wages for the districts workers.

“Because of television and things a lot of people think we are part of the fire department,” said Newton County Ambulance Chief Rusty Tinney. “We’re a completely different entity. You know there are more fire trucks and police cars in this county than there are ambulances. Again we have six ambulances to cover the entire county.”

News to Know (4/1/2021)

ATLANTA, Ga – With the U.S. well above 30 million confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, the nation is bracing for what health experts fear could become a fourth wave. New data from the CDC shows the highest number of cases per capita now concentrated in Michigan and parts of the northeast.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The state of Missouri looks to vaccinate up to ten-thousand residents at a “mega” vaccine site in Springfield. It will be held at the Hammond Student Center at Missouri State University. It’s a two-day clinic next Thursday, April 8 and the following Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days. The clinic will use the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. You must register in advance.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities in McDonald County, Missouri make a breakthrough in a cold case. For 30 years investigators worked off this rendering as they tried to identify a woman only known as “Grace Doe”. Investigators had been referring to the woman as “Grace” as they tried to uncover her identity because they thought, only through the grace of God would they figure out who she was. Now DNA evidence has revealed who she really is, Shawna Beth Garber. Garber was found dead in 1990 on Oscar Talley Road in McDonald County. Lieutenant Hall with the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office says the case is far from closed.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A multi-million dollar tax settlement involving Pittsburg native and entrepreneur Gene Bicknell has been overturned by the Kansas Court of Appeals. In a two to three decision, the court ruled that the district court of Crawford County improperly put the burden of proving that Bicknell lived in Kansas on the Kansas Department of Revenue. Bicknell’s legal fight with the state centered on whether he lived in Kansas or Florida when he sold his company, NPC International in 2006.

Toxic substance mailed to county officials in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A federal terrorism task force is investigating after mail laced with a dangerous toxin was sent to a Sedgwick County government office, causing coughing and skin irritation for two employees and forcing several more to undergo decontamination.

The Sedgwick County Finance Department in the county courthouse received the certified letter on Monday, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The three-page letter was coated in a white powder, and two employees who handled the letter experienced symptoms of coughing and skin irritation, Sedgwick County Manager Tom Stolz said. One of the employees was sent to a hospital for observation. Both are expected to be OK.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force determined that the substance is diaminotoluene, a chemical used in dye making, Stolz said. It is highly toxic and potentially fatal if enough is inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin.

Three other finance employees, two courthouse police officers and two sheriff’s deputies underwent decontamination as a precaution, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Stolz said the letter purported to come from Moorish nationalists, but the origin of the letter remains under investigation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center defines Moorish nationalists as people who believe African Americans constitute an elite class with sovereign immunity that places them beyond federal and state authority.