5-year-old girl wakes from coma after crash involving Chiefs coach Britt Reid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — The family of a 5-year-old girl left in a coma after a wreck involving Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid says she’s now awake.

Tiffany Verhulst, who has been posting updates for the family shared the news Monday on 5-year-old Ariel Young’s GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $480,000.

Ariel was with her mother, who was helping a relative who had run out of gas, when the crash happened just after 9 p.m. Feb. 4 near Arrowhead Stadium. Ariel was critically injured while her 4-year-old cousin suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Reid is under investigation for suspicion of driving impaired. No formal charges have been filed.

While there are no names in the crash report, sister station WDAF obtained court documents last week that match the details of the crash and say that Britt Reid told officers he was driving the pickup truck involved in the incident, one noting that his eyes were bloodshot, and he had a moderate odor of alcohol. Britt Reid told the officer he had between two and three drinks and was on a prescription for Adderall.

The officer conducted an initial and full sobriety test and saw four clues of impairment. Officers requested and received a search warrant to draw Britt Reid’s blood.

The Chiefs confirmed last week that Britt Reid is no longer employed by the club. He had been placed on administrative leave through the duration of his contract, but that contract has expired.

Kansas City police say the investigation will take at least a month to finish. As part of that, blood test results to determine if Reid was driving impaired will take four to six weeks or more.


Carterville without water due to main break

CARTERVILLE, Mo. – The City of Carterville is working to fix a broken water main amid freezing cold conditions. The break has left city residents without water.

Officials say the break happened around 10:00 p.m. Monday night near Pine and Main St.

Crews are on scene, but there’s no word on when water will be restored.


News to Know (2/16/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The weather caused cancellations and delays of coronavirus vaccine appointments across the U.S. The CDC says nearly 53 million doses have been administered out of just over 70 million distributed. Around 14 million people have been fully vaccinated. Health experts say there could be a surge in cases from variant strains of covid-19 in the coming weeks.

JOPLIN, Mo – We need to conserve power all across the area, to help utility companies and each other. The southwest power pool which has dozens of member utilities including the Grand River Dam Authority, Evergy, and Liberty Utilities, is asking those members to begin emergency electricity reductions in order to reduce the load on the network. However, the demand has gone beyond what electricity is available, and now, rolling blackouts are being implemented area-wide to ensure a total failure doesn’t happen.

MIAMI, Okla. – Through the winter storm, Ottawa county residents are coming together to help those in need. New Hope Christian Church in Miami has opened its doors and started an emergency shelter. The shelter has been open since Friday offering three meals and a warm place to sleep.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police say a shooting victim is dead. Officers say they responded to the Motel 6 on Rangeline in Joplin for a call of “shots fired”. When they arrived they found 43-year-old Matthew Painter of Joplin with multiple gun shot wounds. He died later at the hospital. Authorities say the case is under investigation and that the man who police beleive to be the shooter is cooperating with the investigation. Police have not arrested anyone in the case.

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Ottawa County residents help those in need during winter storm

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – 70-year-old Miami resident Dale Garrett was able to enjoy a meal in a warm environment on Monday. A simple thing, but something that’s getting harder and harder as the temperatures drop to below zero.

“If it wasn’t for this being open, there’d be a lot of people froze to death,” says Garrett.

Garrett is homeless, and says that if it wasn’t for the new emergency shelter at New Hope Christian Church in Miami — he and a lot of others would be in a really bad way.

“They’ve done a great job. I don’t have a complaint one,” says Garrett.

Miami native Toney Holden says that before the shelter was open, several hotels gave away rooms to residents in need. He also rented an entire hotel block — but all of them filled up quickly, showing that the need was dire.

Holden explains there used to be a homeless shelter in Miami, but there isn’t anymore.

“I sent out a Facebook request to set up a church, and Judy called within two hours and had this place set up,” says Holden.

“We have a core group of people who stood up and said, ‘I will be there to help. I’ll cook and I’ll do whatever we have to do. What do you need us to do?” says Mack Freeman, a volunteer and member of New Hope Christian Church.

Since the church opened the shelter on Friday, February 12th, they’ve seen close to 30 people come in, and not all of them are homeless. Many are residents who don’t have any water, heat or electricity.

Freeman explains that when they opened the shelter, they started with five gallons of soup and a pound of bacon. Now they have cots that were donated from the Salvation Army, dozens of blankets, gloves and hats for people to take, and more food than they know what to do with. All of it was donated from people, restaurants and other churches in the community.

“It’s just been overwhelming,” says Freeman. “We’re just amazed at the response.”

Now that they have the shelter, Holden and several other people, including Mayor Bless Parker, have been trying to get the word out.

Several people spent Monday afternoon driving around the county asking to take people without heat to the shelter — and taking supplies to those who can’t leave their homes.

“We’re not used to the weather that’s coming in… and people could die tonight. So we need the community to come together,” says Holden. “It’s a really bad time right now for a lot of people that can’t afford their electric… a lot of people on the streets, you know. But no one deserves to suffer. And thank God for this church for setting this up.”

Freeman says that the church will have the emergency shelter open for as long as the winter storm keeps hitting the area. Members of the church and Mayor Parker are working on a plan to store the equipment, so they will be ready for the next time there’s an emergency in the county.


Lifeguard courses to be offered at the YMCA in Neosho

NEOSHO, Mo. — There is an opportunity to get your lifeguard certification before summer starts.

The YMCA in Neosho will be offering a lifeguard course to get your lifeguard V6, CPR, emergency oxygen, and AR certifications.

Participants will learn how to save a conscious and unconscious victim, spinal victims, and how to safely enter the water.

The course will have written and practical tests that can prepare them for when they hit the water.

All swimmers must be 16 and pass a prerequisite swim test on the first day of class.

Grant Strickland Aquatics Coordinator, says, “Class sizes are limited the sooner you can get that knocked out that’s really the biggest–biggest hurtle our obstacle for us to hire you as a lifeguard we need you to have that certification.. so sooner the better it’ll be here quick.”

If you would like more information on the pricing and class dates, you can find the link here .


JPD advising to stay home as much as possible and give yourself time to get to destination

MISSOURI — Multiple agencies are warning that snow and freezing temperatures are causing roads to be slick.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is saying heavy snow is on the way.

MoDOT is telling drivers to give snowplows room on the roads and do not crowd them or try to pass.

The Joplin Police Department is telling the community to stay home unless there is an emergency and give yourself more time to get to your destination


Spire Energy advising to conserve natural gas

MISSOURI — Spire Energy is asking Missouri customers to conserve natural gas during this Winter blast.

They say the cold weather is causing a demand for natural gas — but the weather is also causing natural gas wells to freeze in some parts of the country.

Spire is asking customers to conserve energy by turning their thermostats down a few degrees, limiting the use of natural gas fireplaces and closing curtains at night to reduce cold from drafty windows.


Local electric company advising to reduce energy consumption

MISSOURI — Meanwhile Liberty Electric is issuing a peak advisory for electric customers.

Due to the extreme cold and fuel supply issues they’re asking customers to reduce energy consumption starting Sunday night through Tuesday.

To conserve energy they’re asking customers to set thermostats to 65 degrees and postpone nonessential energy use along with turning off and unplugging computers, chargers, printers, and televisions when they’re not in use.


Victims have lost up to $60,000 in romance scams

MISSOURI — Love is in the air, and so are scams.

The Better Business Bureau is warning of popular online romance scams that are making its rounds.

The BBB says the most common scheme is when scammers pretend to be a single mom or dad in the military.

They say scammers usually target older people especially around Valentine’s Day.

The BBB says before joining a dating website to look for love check to see if they have the demographic you are looking for and beware of some free dating sites.

Stephanie Garland, Regional Director of Springfield BBB, says, “Make sure you do your research because what we are finding is that on legitimate dating apps and ones that haven’t been vetted really well scammers just want to hangout and try to steal money from people.”

She says victims have lost up to $60,000 from romance scams.


Ways to cope with anxiety during Valentines Day

JOPLIN, Mo. — If you’re single on Valentine’s Day and feeling alone, therapists say there are some ways to stay optimistic.

A therapist at Freeman Health System says the holiday can highlight loneliness and cause some people to feel anxiety if they’re alone.

They recommend staying optimistic and celebrating the positives in your life.

She says the way we interpret the holiday can make a big impact on how we feel.

Joelleen Lowe, Therapist at Hope Spring Ozark Center, says, “A holiday is intended to be something that we can use to enhance our quality of life. It’s not the other way around. It’s not that we are supposed to fit the holiday, so make the holiday fit you.”

If you’re alone, she recommends doing something special for yourself or spending time with loved ones.