News To Know: hospital shooting, escaped inmate back in custody

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A shooting at a hospital near Little Rock takes the life of one person, and authorities take a suspect into custody. The hospital CHI St. Vincent north in Sherwood, Arkansas went on lockdown as authorities responded. Police say the victim was visiting a patient and was shot by a person he knew. Authorities later arrested a suspect at a gas station. Click here to read more about this story.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — An escaped inmate finds himself back in the custody of Newton County. Michael Durison escaped from police custody on the 18th while being treated at Freeman Hospital in Neosho. On Tuesday police found Durison in a travel trailer in Joplin. He is facing several new charges in newton county including assault, robbery, and armed criminal action. Authorities also arrested a woman at the scene. If you’d like to read more about this story, click here.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – Fort Scott Community College held an awareness walk for suicide prevention. Linda Her has been organizing these awareness walks in the Southeast Kansas area for seven years in honor of her husband and brother-in-law. Even though national suicide prevention week was three weeks ago, spreading awareness is a year-long effort.

OKLAHOMA – Some folks in Oklahoma got out and ran to show support for first responders and the military. It’s part of the Great American Relay. The relay starts in Santa Monica, California and finishes at the site of the World Trade center in New York. One of the legs of the relay starts at the Afton, Oklahoma fire barn where people run to the fire station in Fairland.

News To Know: fatal crashes, and take a trip to “Hill House”

GIRARD, Kan. – A Mindenmines man is dead following a two-vehicle collision. The crash occurred just 2 miles North of K126 in Crawford County. Police say a Ford F350 driven by Edward Leroy Nutt, 71, was traveling Eastbound on East 570th Avenue when he failed to stop at a stop sign. If you are interested in reading more about this story, click here.

CASSVILLE, Mo. – A head-on collision on Highway 76 in Barry County takes the life of one man. On Saturday, September 23, Police Dispatch received calls regarding a crash on Highway 76 at around 5:30 p.m. Missouri Highway Patrol responded. They learned that a Ford Mustang driven by Dale Roller, 53, crossed the center line and struck a Ford Explorer driven by Wendy Miekley, 60, head-on. Click here to read more about this story.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Flu season kicks off in October. The Newton County health department has only one case of flu reported so far. The health department says it’s still hard to predict the flu season, but as covid cases have dropped from last year, it may lead to more flu cases. That’s because many of the precautions we took to protect against covid also protected us from the flu.
Officials recommend taking the flu vaccine in October. That provides about a six-month coverage, but also has time to kick in before more cases appear. People can take both a covid booster and flu vaccine even on same day.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin’s Dream Theatre troupe is almost ready for its next production. Later this week the troupe will perform “The Haunting of Hill House”, based on Shirley Jackson’s novel about a small group of people who are brought to “Hill House”, which is known as a place of evil, in order to research it.

 

The Fall Brawl at 4 State Moto Complex near Neosho, Mo.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — The latest motocross track in the area is coming to life in rural Neosho. The 4 State Moto Complex is holding another race this weekend and the track has a new configuration and a new starting gate.

The Fall Brawl is their second race of the year. Racing runs all day Sunday after a day of practice at 8983 Iris Road.

The first race of the year was in late May and the schedule has changed a little bit for today’s racing due to date conflicts track officials say.

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In August the track took a little different shape as they moved dirt to create a new track configuration.

“The tabletop… It’s not going to be any taller, it’s going to be a lot safer and wider,” Bo Johnson states in the video.

Another new addition are expanded and new starting gates.

Johnson also states a portion of proceeds this weekend benefit the Neosho High School 2023 graduates.

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I-49 crash near Tipton Ford, Mo.; Slow vehicle rear-ended at highway speeds

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Just after noon on Thursday reports of a crash along I-49 north of the Gateway exit alerted Newton County Central Dispatch.

Redings Mill Fire, Newton Co Deputies, Newton Co Ambulance responded emergency. Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT Emergency Response were notified.

GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT OF CRASH LOCATION DURING CRASH EVENT.  NOTE THE RED AND DARK RED ARE STOPPED VEHICLES. 

On scene we learn two vehicles involved and an unknown number injured. 

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Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us one rear-ended another at highway speeds, both were in the northbound lanes.

The crash location is I-49 north of Tipton Ford in northbound lanes, mile marker 34.8.

Metro Towing removed both vehicles from the crash scene. Traffic was flowing as normal about 80 minutes after the crash.

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Brush fire near Mother Nature’s Crack in Newton County, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo. – About 6:04 p.m. reports of smoke and fire along I-44 below the twin bridges over Shoal Creek alerted Joplin Dispatch.  We observed smoke on the MoDOT  Travelers App near 6 mile marker to the west of Kum and Go at 5002 S Main in Joplin.

Joplin Fire responded with support from Redings Mill Fire, Carl Junction Fire and Duenweg Fire.  At one time reports were 6 brush trucks were working along Castle Drive where the fire jumped the roadway moving east towards Shoal Creek.

There were no structures threatened or burned.

Just today Newton County Commissioners released a statement regarding a Burn Ban in the county.  “There is not a countywide burn ban at this time. This notice from the Newton County Commission provides more information. Conditions are subject to change. In the event a countywide ban is put in place, or within one of these fire districts, we will share it here.” – Newton County Central Dispatch.

The fire still was burning some trees, “30-feet tall still on fire,” according to Joplin Fire however the fire was contained and under control at 7:07 p.m.

It is unknown at this time how the fire began.

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No survivors in head-on crash, East Hwy 86 in Newton County

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Thursday morning just after 7 a.m. reports in Newton County of a head-on crash just to the east of Shetland Road on East Hwy 86 alerted Newton County Central Dispatch.

East Newton Fire/Granby Fire, Midway Fire Protection District, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Newton County Ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT Emergency Response were notified.

East Hwy 86 was completely blocked by the crashed vehicles.  The roadway remained closed for about 3 hours between State Hwy M (east side) and Shetland Road (west side).

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On scene we learn from Missouri State Highway Patrol Tpr Randy Morris one driver died at the scene and the second driver was flown to an area hospital, but died of injuries.

The Troop D Major Crash Investigation Unit (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.”

Diania Bittner, 36, of Neosho, Mo. was driving a 2020 KIA Sorento.  She died at the scene.

Jane Taylor, 66, of Stark City, Mo. was driving a 2015 GMC Sierra.  She was flown to Freeman West and was pronounced deceased later.

Next of kin have been notified.

Occurred as [KIA Sorento] crossed the center line and struck [GMC Sierra]. [Bittner] was pronounced at the scene at 0705 hours by Assistant Newton County Coroner Jerry Deems. [Taylor] was pronounced at Freeman Hospital at 0827 hours by Dr. Carney.” – Tpr Randy Morris of Troop D

I-49 Towing removed both vehicles and debris from the roadway.  East Hwy 86 opened again just after 10 a.m.

Tpr Morris was assisted by MSgt K.R. Sanders, Cpl G. Hendrix, Tpr M. Coleman and MCIU Tpr M.K. Eden. This is Troop D’s 61st and 62nd fatalities for 2022.

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Car overturns just east of Joplin city limits

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — About 2:30 p.m. Thursday tipsters alerted us to an overturned car on FF/East 32nd, just east of the Joplin City limits.

The area is very close to jurisdiction lines. Three departments were dispatched Duenweg Fire (arrived, secured scene, left) Joplin Fire was alerted however it was in the Diamond Fire District.

Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Newton County Ambulance responded. MoDOT Emergency Response and Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

On the scene Diamond Fire tells us the female driver refused medical care.

Diamond Fire and MoDOT Emergency Response worked together on traffic control on the two-lane roadway.

M&M Wrecker from Carthage removed the vehicle from the crash scene.

The eastbound vehicle exited the roadway and went through a barbed-wire fence, thus causing property damage. Just one of the reasons Missouri requires: liability auto insurance. Liability auto insurance would pay for property damages.

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Missing juvenile in Neosho, Mo.

NEOSHO, Mo. — Authorities in Newton County , Mo. are seeking the whereabouts of a juvenile who was last seen in her home early Tuesday morning, May 10.

The Neosho Police Department took a report of a missing juvenile, Itali Renee Savage. Itali was last seen in her home on 05-10-22. Itali may have left the residence under her own will.” — NPD

ITALI RENEE SAVAGE
MISSING FROM: Neosho, Mo.
DESC: white female
HAIR: blonde
EYES: blue
AGE: 12
HT: 4’2”   WT: 100

They ask if you have any information on her whereabouts to contact the Neosho Police Dept. 417-451-8012.

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Crime scene tape, active dig operation with heavy equipment; Sheriff tells us possible Homicide investigation

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Sheriff Chris Jennings confirms to us they have secured a property SE of Seneca, Mo. for investigation.

Tuesday on the property, 20364 Crane Drive,  they have been conducting an active dig operation with heavy equipment. It’s obvious they have turned over a lot of dirt.

Sheriff tells us this is part of a possible homicide investigation related to a missing persons case.

 

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No one is arrested or charged at this time related to the case.

He could not specify what missing person case but he hopes to have more information Wednesday. They are still in the early stages of investigation.

Deputies and detectives have the property surrounded in crime scene tape and are on scene again overnight to secure the integrity of the property for the investigation.

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Cement truck overturns near Hornet, Mo.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Before noon reports of a cement truck overturned off 5 Mile Road near Hornet in rural Newton County.

On scene we learn the driver was not injured. The cement truck was in the area working at a new construction home site.

The recovery is currently blocking all traffic traveling west on Timber Ridge Drive from Atlanta Lane.

 

It is unknown how long the recovery might take.

S&S Towing and Schrader’s Towing are on the scene currently working on the recovery 

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UPDATE: The roadway was cleared just before 7 p.m.  Joplin Special Road District tell us they will be making repairs Thursday.  For now use caution driving through the area the crash occurred.

 

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