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News To Know: fatal crash in Sarcoxie, Missouri carries out execution

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. – A Jay man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for shooting and killing his mother and wounding a second family member in northeast Oklahoma. U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Christopher Leo Weeley, 42, to 24 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Click here if you would like to read more about this story.

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 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.

If you would like to read more about this story, click here.

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. 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. Click here to read more about this story.

BONNE TERRE, Mo. — A Missouri man convicted of ambushing and killing a St. Louis area police officer he blamed in the death of his younger brother was executed Tuesday night. Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. It was the state’s second execution this year and the 17th nationally. Two more executions are scheduled in Missouri for the first few weeks of 2023. To read more about this story, click here.

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News To Know: body discovered, shooting suspect

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Just before 3 p.m. on Monday, November 28, authorities respond to reports of a shooting in Baxter Springs in the 2400 block of Lincoln. Chief Brian Henderson says there is no threat to the public, but an isolated incident within a residence. When officers arrived, they began life-saving measures. 2 people succumbed to their injuries. 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. If you are interested, click here for more information.

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. — On Sunday at just after 2:00 in the afternoon, El Dorado Springs police respond to the 100 block of North Jackson street concerning a deceased person in the nearby creek bed. The deceased has been identified as 30-year-old Tory Richards of El Dorado Springs. The cedar county coroner’s office is assisting the investigation although authoirites say there is no apparent sign of foul play. Next of kin have been notified. Click here if you would like to read more about this story.

NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA — According to CBS News, statistics show Native American communities see a disproportionate amount of violence and missing persons cases. When a Native American is murdered or disappears on one of the 324 federally recognized reservations across the United States, the majority of these cases fall within federal jurisdiction. CBS reports that in recent years, families of missing and murdered Indigenous people have pushed federal authorities and legislators to address the crisis. Grassroots advocates join those families in the fight. If you would like to read more about this report, click here.

NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA — Among the missing Native Americans, authorities are still searching for Grove Oklahoma native Aubrey Dameron. She was 25-years-old at the time when she went missing in March of 2019. If you have any information about the location of Aubrey Dameron you are urged to contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the OSBI, or the Cherokee Nation martial service.

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How to stay safe online during Cyber Monday

The holiday season is upon us and one of the days in the country with the biggest sales is Cyber Monday. However, the BBB warns you to be careful as scammers will take advantage of you. Many scams seem to happen to young people — that’s the age group of 18 to 24. The BBB says to try not using Venmo and Zelle as they don’t provide the same protections as credit cards do.  If a website does not have any contact information or it is not secured — then buyer beware it’s a scam!

 

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News To Know: second-degree murder, Cyber Monday

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – A judge sentences a Coffeyville, Kansas man for second-degree murder. Donald Collins gets 18 years in prison for the death of 50-year-old Nina Lee of Coffeyville back in February 2020. That’s when Lee was found dead at a Parsons Kansas motel. Authorities were called there for a report of a potential overdose, but an autopsy indicated there was foul play.

ONLINE – Cyber Monday is here. It is always good to watch for red flags when shopping online. The better business bureau wants to remind people to stay safe and avoid getting scammed while shopping online. Since the covid pandemic started, more and more people are shopping online. Pamela Hernandez, regional director for the Better Business Bureau says, a recent study found online shopping fraud is up 87 percent, and about 36 % of online shopping fraud based on what customers have told them originates from fake websites. She advises people to look for any red flags before purchasing so their information doesn’t get in the wrong hands.

FRONTENAC, Kan. – The city of Frontenac celebrated the beginning of the holiday season with a Christmas light ceremony. The city lit up downtown Frontenac with a special ceremony. Citizens were able to listen to the elementary, junior high, and high school choirs as they lit up the downtown lights. Following the choir and Frontenac raider band’s performance, citizens were able to meet Santa Claus himself, with Mrs. Claus. Residents were also offered hot cocoa and cookies. Seth Nutt, the Frontenac Library director, says it takes a couple of months to plan the yearly event.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – And the Pittsburg Wrestling Club is raising funds as the sport is booming in the city. The non-profit launched the fundraiser for the high school and youth wrestling club. This year the club is selling popcorn online for Christmas. The president of the club says the fundraiser is a way for the club to raise money to take care of the athletes.

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News To Know: house fire fatality, Turkey Trots for two cities

COMMERCE, Okla. – According to the Quapaw Nation Marshal Service, marshals, and Commerce police responded to a house fire in Commerce where they found a fatality. The Commerce Police Department continues the process of notifying all of the family members and has not released the name at this time. To read more about this story, click here.

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — Thanksgiving travelers got to experience some traffic delays approaching Miami 313 exit thanks to an overturned semi. Click here to read more about this story.

JOPLIN, Mo. — It’s become a Thanksgiving tradition for many people, now in the 11th year — the Turkey Trot in Downtown Joplin. More than 1,300 runners found it to be perfect weather for this year’s event at a brisk 49° and a light mist. If you’d like to read more about the 11th annual Turkey Trot, click here.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – And it wasn’t just Joplin doing the Turkey Trot: a couple who started a running group for all ages and pace hosted their first Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving in Pittsburg. KOAM’s Keri Worthen says the turnout was more than they expected. all participants were excited to show support and gather together on Thanksgiving. From walkers to runners, people pushing strollers and dogs leading the way — the inaugural Pittsburg Turkey Trot was the start of a tradition for many. If you’d like to read more about Pittsburg’s inaugural Turkey Trot, click here.

 

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Local 4-State shoppers and this year’s Black Friday

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and after we celebrate with our friends and/or family… people head off to get Black Friday deals.

The National Retail Federation says that more than 166 million people are planning to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. It’s 8 million more than last year.

Our very own Janna Hautala met up with two local 4-state shoppers who lay out their plans for this Black Friday.

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What’s a bike bus? 11 Joplin elementary students show us

JOPLIN, Mo. — Eleven elementary-aged students ditch the car and bus rides to school and ride their bikes instead.

The bike bus is led by parents and gives the kids some extra exercise. They do keep the weather in mind, ditching the bikes if temperatures are below freezing.

Their idea was started when a local 4-state woman, Christina Williams, started biking to school with her kids. She gathered a group of children from her neighborhood and that’s how the bike bus was born.

Those involved say it helps avoid the hassle of dropoff lines. The group’s goal is to bike for at least 100 days this year.

KOAM’s Janna Hautala and Olevia Opel spoke with the group, which they say is full of really cool kids.

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News To Know: police pursuit ends in crash, armadillo migration

COMMERCE, Okla. — Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that Saturday evening, November 19, 2022, just after 8 p.m. a police pursuit ended as the officer crashed north of Commerce, Oklahoma. The crash occurred on County Road S 560 near County Road E 30 in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Vernon Moyer, 39, of Commerce was operating a 2018 Dodge Charger police cruiser. He was driving north on County Road s 560 where they say the brakes failed in the police car. The car then left the road and went into a ditch. Moyer is currently in the hospital with critical injuries. You can read more about this crash by clicking here.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – One man is dead following a two-vehicle crash about 3 p.m. Sunday, November 20th on Route E, 7 miles northeast of Bella Vista, Arkansas in McDonald County, Missouri. Michelle McKeever, 57, of Seligman, was operating the second vehicle, a 2018 Kia Soul. She was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center in NW Arkansas with serious injuries. The passenger, Thomas McKeever, 56, also of Seligman, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Click here to read more about this story.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Tower Foundation awarded a grant to a Riverton organization to support mental health services. That’s according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The Spring River Mental Health and Wellness Center was awarded $10,000 to assist with the transition to and/or implementation of requirements for the new designation of being a certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC). If you would like to read more about this grant, click here.

MISSOURI – The armadillo population in Missouri is growing, and a lot of travelers will see them along the roadside.  Armadillos have a bad reputation for digging in gardens — pastures — and yards searching for bugs to eat. Experts theorize that climate change is making armadillos migrate north from their usual habitat of desert-like environments.

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What to expect when you travel for Thanksgiving

JOPLIN, Mo. — This week is Thanksgiving, meaning millions of Americans are traveling at least 50 miles or more. AAA expects nearly 55 million Americans to travel this week.  4.5 million people are expected to travel by plane and another 49 million will travel by car. When it comes to driving travelers are dealing with higher gas prices. Despite airplane ticket prices being up, people are still choosing to fly over driving to their destination.