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Fire Chief announces burn ban in Sarcoxie

SARCOXIE, Mo. – The City of Sarcoxie Fire Department today announced a burn ban for the city until August 19.

Fire Chief Carnes says the ban is due to drought conditions and an increase in fire-related instances.

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Woman awaiting trial for Murder in Missouri, has now gone missing in Arkansas

#UPDATE: McDonald Co. Sheriff Rob Evenson tells KOAM’s Shannon Becker, Dawn Rene Wynn’s Bond is now revoked. Warrant for her arrest issued. All LEO agencies are alerted through the FBI’s NCIC (National Crime Information Center).

Sunday night in a public statement Sheriff Evenson states, “Exercise caution and do not approach!”

Due to a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling, over objections from the prosecuting attorney, Wynn was out on bond and on pre-trial release where she had to check in by telephone. She is accused of murder and armed criminal action stemming from the shooting of her husband. She should be considered dangerous and could be armed. She is accused of shooting her husband in the back of the head while he slept.” — Sheriff Evenson

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — A woman charged with the Murder of her husband in Missouri was out on bond awaiting trial in Missouri. She has now disappeared from Pea Ridge, Ark.

Part of her bond conditions required her to stay at her mother’s residence in Pea Ridge, Ark.

The Benton County Arkansas Sheriff’s office state Sunday, “Dawn was last seen in the area of Jennifer Lane in Pea Ridge Arkansas. She is believed to be headed to NE Oklahoma but has ties in SW Missouri.

Sources tell us some of those Missouri ties are in Joplin.

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WOMAN FACING MURDER TRIAL IN MISSOURI

Dawn Rene Wynn is charged with Murder and Armed Criminal Action in the death of her husband, Harold Lee Wynn. The trial was scheduled for June 2022 however there was a change of judge. The next scheduled court hearing is July 21.

| RELATED 2021 >> Wife charged with murder in McDonald County

Harold Wynn was found shot to death in their 5th wheel camper west of Anderson, Mo. on November 16, 2021. Dawn was arrested and charged that day.

McDonald County, Mo. Sheriff Rob Evenson confirmed with KOAM’s Shannon Becker Sunday afternoon that Dawn Wynn had left a note, and disappeared from her mother’s residence in Pea Ridge, Ark.

Law Enforcement are actively seeking her whereabouts.

Dawn Rene Wynn
Age: 49
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 150-170lbs
Hair: Short and Black

If you have information or know the whereabouts of Dawn Rene Wynn contact: McDonald County Sheriff’s office in Missouri 417-223-4319 or Benton County Sheriff’s office in Arkansas 479-273-5532.

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3 teens killed in crash near Stockton, Mo., MCIU investigate tragedy

CEDAR COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol release preliminary information regarding a crash where three teens died east of Jerico Springs, Mo. on Thursday, August 4.

The single vehicle crash involved a 2006 Toyota Scion with five male teens, traveling westbound on State Hwy B.

The driver, Clay Palmer, 19, of Cleveland, Mo. died at the scene.

Two passengers were also killed including, Ryan Chick, 18, of Cabool, Mo. and Logan Meerkatz, 18, of Cleveland, Mo.

Two passengers survived including, Bradley Kidwell, 18, of Cabool, he suffered serious injuries. And Taylor Ranney, 18, of Mountain Grove, Mo. suffered moderate injuries.

[Toyota] topped a hill, became airborne, travelled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. All three deceased were ejected and all three pronounced at the scene shortly after impact.” — Tpr M. Obert of Troop D

The crashed vehicle was removed by Mike’s Wrecker of Stockton, Mo.

The crash is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Investigation Unit.

MCIU (MAJOR CRASH INVESTIGATION UNIT)

The Troop D MCIU was summoned to process the crash. Each MCIU officer is, “trained in the human, mechanical and environmental factors of traffic crash investigation. They are considered court experts in the field of traffic crash investigation.”

There are currently four teams located across the state. Each one utilizes Robotic Total Station technology, allowing for the accurate and fair depiction of crash scenes diagrammed to scale.

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Autocross event kicks off at Crowder College

NEOSHO, Mo. – 4StateVettes today hosted its Autocross racing event for all members of the community.

The event featured different makes and models of racing at Crowder College’s Truck Driving School.

Karting was also available for younger drivers.

Officials say helmets and required, but there are no limitations when it comes to what 4-wheeled vehicle you race in.

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Shoal Creek Water Festival kicks of at Wildcat Glades in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Shoal Creek Water Festival today kicked off creekside at Wildcat Glades in Joplin Missouri.

The event features all kinds of activities for participants to enjoy while cooling off on a summer’s day.

Some activities include:

  • Fishing derby
  • Lazy river float
  • Peoples choice cardboard boat crafting
  • Fishing magician
  • Cardboard boat race
  • Duck race

Racers had the option to race solo or as a tandem.

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Local police remind residents not to leave valuable items in vehicles

PURDY, Mo. – Purdy Police Officers remind residents to lock their vehicles and protect their belongings.

Over the summer, Barry County Deputies say they witnessed a huge surge in vehicle thefts and break-ins, especially in unlocked vehicles.

Earlier this week on August 10, a Ford Focus was stolen overnight from a Purdy resident who officers say left the car unlocked with the keys inside.

Thankfully, officers recovered the vehicle after it was abandoned in Monett two days later.

The PPD reminds residents not to leave the following personal items in their vehicle overnight:

  • Firearms
  • Money
  • Check Books
  • Credit Cards,
  • Computers
  • Expensive Tools
  • Cell Phones

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Springfield Company Pays $1 Million Related to Federal Embezzlement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield company will pay more than $1 million in forfeiture to the federal government stemming from the criminal conduct of its two former executives.

Under the terms of the non-prosecution agreement, Pro1 must forfeit $1,057,617 to the federal government, which is the amount the company gained from the conspiracy.

“More than $1 million from the health care charity (Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc.), primarily funded by Medicaid reimbursements, was siphoned to Pro1 through a series of illicit payments over several years,” said U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore in a prepared statement.

Pro1 has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its former executives and cooperated with the federal investigation, she said.

“Those embezzled funds will be recouped by the government under the terms of this non-prosecution agreement,” according to the statement.”

Former Pro1 executive officers engaged in a conspiracy to embezzle funds from Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc., a Springfield-based nonprofit corporation, from 2008 to November 2017, according to a Department of Justice statement. The executives, who were also executives of the charity, channeled funds from Preferred Family Healthcare to financially enrich the firm, according to the statement.

Preferred Family Healthcare agreed earlier this year to pay more than $8 million in forfeiture and restitution to the federal government and the state of Arkansas under the terms of a non-prosecution agreement.

Many Pro1’s executives’ actions were done without specific knowledge of the company president and the corporate board of directors.

As part of the federal investigation, the former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Preferred Family Healthcare were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 29, 2019. Their trial is set for Oct. 3.

Pro1 is a Missouri corporation with operations in Springfield and Boulder, Colorado.  The company designs and sells indoor thermostats nationwide.

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Unresponsive child inside a hot vehicle in Carthage, Mo.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Lieut Jeff Pinnell tells us Carthage Police responded to a residence Friday about 1:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Maple in reference to a 3-year-old female unresponsive inside a hot vehicle.

She was rushed to a Joplin Hospital and then flown to Springfield, Mo. for a higher level of care.

Lieut Pinnell says detectives are currently investigating what occurred.

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It’s a blast from the past, Worlds of Fun announces new ride

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Worlds of Fun is bringing a blast from the past back to life.

The park announced the coming of the Zambezi Zinger in 2023. It’s a two-minute, 45 mph, 2,482-foot-long roller coaster.

“Packed with several moments of airtime, banked turns and quick transitions, riders are connected to the feeling of an epic safari chase and fast-paced adventure!” – Wolds of Fun posted to its website.

World of Fun opened in 1973. The amusement park states the original Zinger was one of the park’s most popular rides.

“..it had cars configured in a bobsled style that dashed through the trees for a fun and exhilarating ride. The new Zinger is sure to delight a new generation of guests while providing a nostalgic nod to the past.”

So, what’s the story of the Zambezi Zinger? Worlds of Fun shares the story.

“As guests travel through Africa, south of the Serengeti, they arrive at a smalltime safari company offering exciting tours to adventurers and thrill seekers who have traveled from near and far to experience the Zinger.

Zambezi Adventure Safaris went out of business just before the turn of the century when the Zinger was thought to have gone extinct. They recently reopened their doors after new evidence suggested the Zinger had returned to the area.

The company now takes guests on thrilling excursions to explore these famously hallowed woodlands so travelers may once again experience the legend of the Zinger!”

You can learn more about the ride here!

 

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News to Know: Buzzard pleads guilty to 2019 murder, and the city of Miami explains rising utility bills

GROVE, Okla. – A Grove, Oklahoma man pleads guilty to a second degree murder charge. Authorities say Cody Buzzard helped kill Jerry Tapp in August 2019. Buzzard’s father, James, and his brother, Dakota, are also charged in the case but are still awaiting court proceedings. You can read more about the case here.

PHELPS, Mo. – Authorities respond to a crash Thursday morning. they say the 16-year-old driver was driving a farm vehicle when he went off the road and overturned in Phelps, Missouri. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger suffered moderate injuries. Follow this story here.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – A crash in Newton County takes the life of a Granby, Missouri man. Authorities say 90-year old George Eads was traveling east on Highway H four miles east of Neosho. When he turned he failed to yield for another vehicle that hit him. Eads was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver received minor injuries. Find the full report here.

MIAMI, Okla. – Some residents of Miami, Oklahoma are receiving very high monthly utility bills as high as $1,100. Miami deals with its utilities by combining water, electricity, and other utilities onto one bill. City officials are updating the bill format to be transparent and residents will see specific charges. The city rates have not changed but the GRDA increased its rates and charges. During the peak of demand for natural gas, the GRDA raised its prices by more than 200%. For a deeper explanation click here.

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