Community helps Miami family find new home after fire

MIAMI, Okla. – In May of 2020, fire destroyed the Miami, Oklahoma home of the Carson family. Unable to rebuild, they lived with family, until their more distant family came to lend a hand.

After the fire the Carson’s didn’t know what was next. But that didn’t last long. It took just one Facebook post and within five minutes, the kids had clothes. Friends, family and even some strangers rallied around them ready to help.

“Then the next day people were just driving by while we were cleaning up and stuff, just handing him money,” said Tess Carson. “The whole community just came together.”

Casey Carson’s family also stepped up in a big way.

“We had a lot of people especially my aunt and my uncle they let us live with them,” said Casey.

But the Carson’s, a family of five, wanted a place to call their own.

“It was very stressful. It was hard,” said Tess. “They (the kids) slept on the floor in the back. They didn’t mind it, but I knew they’d rather have their beds”.

They used donations and a year of savings to get to this point.

“Having our own space is nice. It’s good to finally go home,” said Casey

The Carson’s new home is also in Miami.

Joplin crews battle early morning house fire

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 2421 S Florida Ave around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. The lone occupant of the home escaped without serious injury.

When crews arrived, they found a single-story wood frame house showing flames and smoke. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. However, there was moderate heat and smoke damage throughout the residence.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Free tool created for Missourians shopping for roof insurance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) created a free online tool to help residents explore their options for roof insurance coverage. Officials say it can be critical for homeowners to understand as we enter severe weather season.

“It’s really important that consumers know exactly what type of coverage they have or they’re planning to purchase,” says Chlora Lindley-Myers, Director of DCI. “Policies may not cover the replacement cost of your roof–your policy may only cover a depreciated cost, or the actual cash value, to repair or replace your property.”

This DCI service was developed to provide free analysis of the top twenty homeowners insurance companies in the state. If a company is not listed, this comparison shopping form is available to help the shopper ask the right questions and record information as they research options for new coverage or seek to understand their existing coverage.

DCI recommends that consumers check their homeowner’s insurance policy or contact their insurance agent or company to see whether their policy provides replacement cost coverage.

In an insurance claim, the amount deducted for depreciation may be significant, especially if the damaged property was at or near the end of its useful life. For example, if your 20-year-old roof is destroyed by a covered cause of loss and must be replaced, the policy that pays RCV will cover the full cost to replace the roof. However, an ACV policy may pay as little as 20 percent of the cost to replace the roof, since the useful life of a roof is usually about 25 years.

For more information about homeowners insurance or for assistance with questions or complaints about an insurance company or claim, visit or call (800) 726-7390.

3 Kansas police officers injured by shotgun in vacant home

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Three Wichita, Kansas, police officers were injured by a shotgun blast when they checked out a vacant home, and authorities were investigating Sunday whether it had been rigged to fire when the door opened.

Wichita Police said Sunday that “a modified, loaded shotgun” discharged as the officers entered the home around 4 p.m. Saturday. Investigators determined that no one was in the home at the time, but the homeowners had called police suspecting someone was inside after noticing that some windows were open.

Police said two officers remained hospitalized Sunday with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. One officer was in serious but stable condition and the other was being treated for minor injuries. A third officer who was hurt was treated at a hospital Saturday and released.

Officers surrounded the home for several hours Saturday before determining that no one was inside. Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said at a news conference Saturday evening that it wasn’t immediately clear whether the house had been booby trapped before officers arrived.

Police spokesman Officer Trevor Macy told The Wichita Eagle that investigators are trying to determine whether the shotgun had been rigged to fire when the officers entered.

“Apparently there were several modifications made to this one,” Macy said.

Officers from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are helping Wichita police investigate what happened.

Police say murders in Newton County and Avilla appear connected

AVILLA, Mo. – Police in Jasper and Newton Counties investigate separate murders Sunday night. Authorities now say both homicide cases are connected.

At around 4:10 p.m. Newton County authorities responded to the area of State Line Road and Angus Drive on a call about a possible body in the ditch. Upon arrival deputies found the body of 25-year-old Brylee Obanion. Detectives immediately began a homicide investigation. The investigation led detectives to Jasper County where they were searching for two persons of interest. It was at that point Jasper County Deputies became involved.

Jasper County authorities are investigating a double homicide in Avilla, Missouri. Deputies dispatched to 255 Greenfield St. found the bodies of a male and female. Investigators believe both to be victims of murder. Monday at 4:30 a.m., police arrested a male suspect for the murders. He is currently being held in the Jasper County Jail awaiting formal charges. There are no other suspects being sought at this time.

Authorities say both murder cases are related. Autopsies for the bodies are scheduled today. The investigations are continuing with both Newton and Jasper County Deputies working together.