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Murder-suicide investigation underway in Lawrence County

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – Investigators are calling it a murder-suicide after finding two people dead in Lawrence County, Missouri.

According to KY3, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of a couple as a murder-suicide.

Deputies found the bodies of a man and woman in a home west of Miller yesterday, Nov. 29, 2022.

The medical examiner’s office is working to determine the cause of death. Investigators have not released the names of the couple.

This is a developing story. KOAM is waiting for additional details from the Sheriff’s Office.

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Man found dead after house fire in Monett

MONETT, Mo. – Authorities in Monett say a man was found dead in a basement after a house fire Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started around 2:00 pm in the 400 block of 2nd Street.

According to the Monett Police Department, emergency crews got to the scene and after putting out a fire, found the male dead.

Investigators are not releasing his identity at this time. The Monett Fire and Police and the Missouri State Fire Marshals Office are investigating how the fire started.

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Armed Robbery at McDonalds, Police seek help to identify individuals

AURORA, Mo. — Police and investigators responded late Tuesday night, November 29, 2022 to a report of an Armed Robbery at McDonalds, 1529 South Elliot in Aurora.

Investigators say two masked subjects entered the restaurant dressed in black, with  their faces covered (see security images).

One subject brandished a handgun and asked an employee to be given access to cash in the store.  An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspects left the store on foot.”

AURORA-MARIONVILLE POLICE

If anyone has any information as to the identity of these individuals, you are asked to call AMPD at (417)678-5025.

No one was injured during the Armed Robbery.

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T-bone crash at Sarcoxie, claims life of local young man

SARCOXIE, Mo. — About 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2022 reports of a two vehicle crash at MO-37 and Blackberry Road alerted Jasper Count E-911.

Sarcoxie Fire Dept, Sarcoxie Police and Mercy Ambulance responded. MoDOT Emergency Response and Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

On scene we learn from Sarcoxie Police Chief Brandy Corum they requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol to process the crash scene.

Cpl Jeff Prewitt of Troop D tells us their MCIU (Major Crash Investigation Unit) will investigate what occurred.

Driving a 2013 Fiat, Emmanuel Lovell, 20, of Sarcoxie, he was traveling north on CR60. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Jasper County Coroner Randy Nace.

A passenger in the Fiat,  Eden Sims, 19, of Sarcoxie, was transported to Mercy Joplin suffering moderate injuries.

Operating a 2002 Ford F250, Tracy Lowe, 52, of Mt. Vernon, Mo. was traveling east on BlackBerry Road. She was not injured in the crash.

Occurred as the [Fiat] pulled into the path of [Ford F250].

— Cpl Jeff Prewitt, Troop D

M&M Wrecker removed both crashed vehicles. The area was cleared to all traffic about 6:30 p.m.

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Beefmasters and Hallmark Inn Motel in Joplin is coming down

JOPLIN, Mo. — After many years in disrepair the former Best Western Hallmark Inn Motel and Beefmasters is coming down at 3600 S Rangeline.

It’s had many names over the years, most recently known as the Sunrise Inn.

It’s unknown when the motel closed. It seems over the past two years it quietly was taken over by vandalism.

Reviews online extend to 2020. Most of the reviews the last 10 years give it the lowest rating possible and warn future guests of staying there according to TRIP ADVISOR.

The property is listed for sale by a Springfield Broker company. The asking price for 3 acres is $1.96 million.

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The attached restaurant, Beefmasters, was most popular through the 1970’s-80’s. There is a local Beefmasters Facebook page where former employees have shared stories and photos from the 30+ years ago.

Dedicated to the memories of those that worked at the one and only Beefmasters restaurant in Joplin, Mo.! If you never had the prime rib or spent an evening next door in the bar you missed out on one of Joplin’s finest destinations!”

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Missouri men killed in Kansas Double Homicide; 3rd shooting victim critical

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Monday November 28, Baxter Springs Police responded to a residence, 2400 Lincoln Ave, regarding a shooting.

Three men suffering gunshot wounds. “Two died of injuries on the scene,” Chief Brian Henderson states, the third victim rushed to a Joplin, Mo. hospital.

| RELATED BREAKING NEWS >> Double Homicide in Baxter Springs, 3rd shooting victim rushed to Joplin hospital

Next of kin are now notified as names are released:

  • Jeremy Murphy, 47, of Anderson, Mo.
  • Craig Guinn, 59, of Pineville, Mo.
  • Seth Guinn, 27, of Pineville, Mo.

Jeremy Murphy and Craig Guinn pronounced deceased at the scene.  Their bodies have been turned over to the Cherokee County Coroner pending Autopsy later this week.  

Seth Guinn was transported to Freeman Hospital where he is still listed in critical condition.

BAXTERSPRINGSDBLHOMICIDE 11-28-22

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On 11-28-22 at 2:40 pm the Baxter Springs Police Department was dispatched to 2400 Lincoln reference to reported gunshots in the residence.  The reporting party told dispatch that three people had been shot inside the residence.  

Officers arrived on scene and immediately began life saving measures on the three victims that had been shot.  A description of the suspect was immediately put out to responding officers.  As officers were coming into the area, they located the suspect walking in the area.  After a brief struggle the suspect was taken into custody by officers.  

Two of the victims were found to be deceased on scene and the third was transported by Cherokee County EMS to Freeman Hospital with life threatening injuries.  Names are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.  

The suspect in this case has been identified as Kyle Butts age 41 of Independence MO.  He is being held in the Cherokee County Jail pending formal charges of Capital Murder by the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office.  

This incident is being investigated by the Baxter Springs Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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UPDATE: Baxter Springs Police identify victims in Monday afternoon shooting

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. (KOAM) – Update Nov. 29, 2022 – Baxter Springs Police have identified the victims in Monday’s deadly shooting on Lincoln Avenue.

According to Chief Brian Henderson, Jeremy Murphy, 47, of Anderson, Mo. and Craig Guinn, 59, of Pineville, Mo. were found dead at the scene.

Seth Guinn, 27, also of Pineville, was taken to Freeman Hospital for treatment of injuries. Henderson said that he remains in critical condition.

Investigators turned the bodies of Murphy and Craig Guinn over to the Cherokee County Coronor for autopsy. Those are expected to be completed later this week.

 

 

Original Story:

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Just before 3 p.m. on Monday, November 28, reports of a shooting in Baxter Springs in the 2400 block of Lincoln.

Many had asked if there was still an active shooter. Chief Brian Henderson assures us there is no threat to the public. This was an isolated incident within a residence.

Officers arrived on scene and began life-saving measures. Unfortunately 2 people succumbed to their injuries. We are not releasing any information at this time pending notification of next of kin. A third person was transported from the scene by EMS for life-threatening injuries and is currently at a Joplin hospital.”

Chief Brian Henderson

Chief Henderson tells us the shootings occurred inside the residence which is now  surrounded in crime scene tape.

2400 Lincoln Ave is the extreme SW part of town. The road dead ends as it circles on the south before the former Yellow Freight complex on Powell Road.

Baxter Springs Police, Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves and his Deputies, are on the scene as well as the KBI. KHP also assisted with calls while BSPD were securing the scene.

The man in custody is identified as Kyle Butts, 41, of Independence MO.  He is being held in the Cherokee County Jail pending formal charges by the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office.

Chief Henderson anticipates they will be here all night as a light trailer illuminates the entire property.

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Ice Skating and more: 2nd Annual Hometown Holidays on the Carthage Square

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The 2nd Annual Carthage Hometown Holidays is underway. This year hours are different, the ice rink is larger and pricing is lower.

Open Friday & Saturdays thru December 24th from 4:30 p.m. — 10:30 p.m.

Outside of normal Friday and Saturday hours, Monday evening Dec 5 they open during Carthage Christmas Tree Lighting and the Carthage Christmas Parade.

The Christmas Light Tunnel is open every evening for photos on the south side of the square.

  • PRICING
  • Ice Skating: $5 for 45 mins
  • Inflatables & Curling: $5 for wristband

Click to Vision Carthage FB page for daily updates and possible closure during bad weather.

Days and times they are not open it can be rented for corporate events and private parties. Contact Vision Carthage by email here. Or visit the Vision Carthage website when you click here.

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Part of US 400 shut down due to hazardous spill in Wilson County

WILSON COUNTY, Kan. – Drivers will be redirected around a portion of US 400 in Wilson County due to a hazardous spill.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says the highway is closed from the south junction of US 75 continuing north to K-47 at Fredonia.

“Hazardous materials have been spilled on the highway. Use alternate routes while the clean-up is in progress.”

You can find road closure updates on KOAM’s list of Road Resources here.

KOAM has called the Kansas Highway Patrol for more details. We’ll update this article once additional information is released.

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The lighting of Sparkle in the Park in Carthage, Mo.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Monday evening November 28, 2022 at 6 p.m. Carthage Water and Electric will hold the lighting ceremony for Sparkle in the Park at Central Park!

Over the past month CWEP crews have been in Central Park hanging lights for Sparkle in the Park 2022.

We saw the joy & excitement in our community last year & can’t wait to experience it again this holiday season.”

CWEP

It’s a perfect place to take family photos. Take a moment to walk along the paths in the park and soak up the bright feeling of Christmas. There is truly nothing like it in the Joplin area.

  • WHAT IS: Sparkle in the Park? “Spectacular light display put on by Carthage Water & Electric Plant, covering nearly every inch of Central Park, turning it into a festive Winter Wonderland.” — EVENT PAGE
  • WHERE IS: Central Park, 714 S Garrison, Carthage, Mo.
  • WHEN IS: 6 p.m. Mon, November 28, 2022 CWEP flips the switch to turn on the lights!

After the lighting Monday, Sparkle in the Park will be lit nightly through New Years Day, 6 p.m. — 12 a.m.

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Christmas on the Square in Bentonville

Way of Salvation Christmas Light Display at Carthage

Kansas City Southern Holiday Express in Pittsburg 

Lighting of the Pump at La Russell, Mo. 

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