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Police arrest suspect in connection to Miami shooting

MIAMI, Okla. — The Miami Police Department has a suspect in custody in connection to a shooting.

Authorities say it started just before 8a.m. this morning when they received a call about two vehicles chasing each other throughout Miami, and one of the passengers shooting at the other.

Police say at Rockdale Blvd. the passenger in the suspect’s vehicle got out and ran across the street and was shooting at the victim’s vehicle.

Officers stopped the suspect’s vehicle at Lincoln Blvd. and found 29-year-old Rusty Reece and 44-year-old Chris Seaborn.

Authorities arrested Reece and transported him to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured in the shooting.

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The Jasper County Sheriff's Office will not file charges in death investigation

JOPLIN, Mo. — We’re learning new details about a death investigation in Jasper County.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of Friday’s shooting as 50-year-old Brian Smith.

Authorities say smith was found dead outside his home at 1763 Malang Road in Joplin around noon.

Yesterday authorities detained a 75-year-old male for questioning, and now say no charges will be filed.

An autopsy on Smith is scheduled for Monday.

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Jasper County Death Investigation

((Joplin, MO)) On January 7, 2022 at approximately noon, Jasper County Deputies received a call of a
disturbance with an unknown altercation taking place at 1763 South Malang Road in Joplin. When deputies arrived, they found a 50-year-old man dead in the yard from a gunshot wound. Detectives had detained a 75-year-old man for questioning. They are not looking for anyone else involved in this incident at this time and the public is not in danger.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
Updates will be given when it is appropriate to do so.

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Prosecution plays Stephen Thompson interviews of Joplin murder

JOPLIN, Mo. – A jury continues to hear arguments in a 2015 Joplin murder case against Stephen Thompson. The prosecution says he shot and killed Carissa Gerard and critically injured Kristina Thompson, his estranged wife. At the time of the crime, Gerard and Kristina were in a relationship.

According to court documents, the prosecutor’s office charged Stephen Randell Thompson with first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

Trial Day 2 of Stephen Thompson

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, is day two of the trial. KOAM’s Ty Parks is in the courtroom. The defense is arguing for second-degree murder instead of first-degree murder.

Kristina Dines (formerly Thompson) took the stand this morning, reliving the day. KOAM spoke with her in 2017. You can read her story here: Special Report: A Survivor’s Story.

The defense filed a motion to restrict statements made by Thomspon during a previous court appearance on September 5th, 2019. During that previous trial, he stated that he sat out to do what he sat out to do – to execute those girls. According to the defense today, those statements showed his emotional state years later, not his emotional state the night of the crime.

The court allowed Thompson’s statements into the trial.

Prosecutors called Justin Barnett to the stand to testify. At the time of the crime, he was a detective with the Joplin Police Department. He interviewed Thompson a few hours after the crime. During his time on the stand, Barnett showed the jury how a single shotgun was used.

The defense cross-examined Barnett, looking at the interviews he had with Thompson following the shooting.

According to KOAM’s Ty Parks, Kristina was in the courtroom and there were lots of tears when attorneys played the interviews involving Thompson and Detective Barnett. One of the interviews was at the police department, one was during a walk-through at the crime scene, and statements from a previous court appearance were also played.

Thompson spoke to the detective about events the day before and after the crime. Barnett also answered the defense’s questions concerning Thompson’s demeanor during the interview. Barnett says he was calm and his demeanor only changed when he was talking about his son.

Kristina and Stephen had a son together. In March of 2015, the couple’s one-year-old son was taken from the home because of suspicions the parents were using meth in the home. Kristina’s older son, Tyler, also lived at the home. He was there the day of the crime. Stephen was his stepfather.

During the interview at the crime scene between Detective Barnett and Thompson, Thompson said he would rather his son go into foster care.

Parks says Thompson has not looked back at anyone watching the trial. He laughs and jokes with his defense team during breaks.

The State continued playing statements made by Thompson. On September 5, 2019, Thompson made a statement that he did what he did, he has no remorse, and that he would do it again.

The State then rested.

Day three of the trial will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Trial Day 1 of Stephen Thompson

Representing the State is Theresa Kenney, Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, and by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Kimberly Fisher and Michael Schafer.

Thompson appeared in the custody of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and with attorneys Thomas Jacquinot, Pat Berrigan, and Devon Passley.

Prosecutors announced that it was withdrawing its request for the death penalty. Around 10:03 a.m., a jury of 12 and two alternates was seated and sworn in. The court read them their opening instructions.

The State and Defense gave their opening statements.

The rest of day one consisted of the state presenting evidence against Thompson.

The Crime

On June 10th, 2015, Joplin police responded to 4215 W. 26th Place. They found Carissa Gerard dead and Kristina Thompson critically injured, both from gunshot wounds. Police arrested Stephen at the home.

According to court documents, Thompson drove more than 96 miles to get a twelve-gage shotgun. Authorities say he traveled directly to Grove, Oklahoma and bought ammunition for his gun. They allege he then went directly to 4215 W. 26th Place where he saw Carissa Gerard and shot her.

While at the home, court documents say Stephen Thompson then shot his estranged wife, Kristina Thompson, numerous times while she was fleeing from him. Emergency personnel took her to the hospital in critical condition. She survived her wounds.

Documents listed the Thompsons and Gerard all three living at that address at the time of the crime. In 2015, authorities told KOAM and FOX 14 that they believed the incident was the result of an estranged relationship between husband and wife.

Stephen Thompson’s Criminal History

Authorities say Stephen Thompson has a history of criminal violence. Records show he had served prison time for writing bad checks and was on parole after 2006. Authorities have investigated multiple reports of violence in the home, including a case in 2013 when Stephen Thompson allegedly choked his wife and stabbed her half-brother.

Previous Articles on Stephen Thompson

Missouri crime updates can be found at https://www.courts.mo.gov/.

 

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News to Know (07/16/2021)

Albany, NY- New York, Governor, Andrew Cuomo is expected to be questioned on Saturday in connection with the probe into allegations of sexual harassments and misconduct against him. That’s according to a source familiar with the New York attorney general’s investigation into the Governor. Cuomo also faces an impeachment inquiry in the state assembly.

Airport Drive, Mo- Jasper County authorities are searching for two suspects in connection with a shooting in Airport Drive.
the Sheriff’s Department says witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the parking lot of Harps Grocery Store around 1:35 p.m. Thursday. Investigators say they found evidence in the parking lot of a possible shooting including evidence of quote “possible injuries”. Authorities say they’ve located the victims, a 22-year-old Webb City, woman and a 33-year-old man from California. The Jasper County Sheriff’s office released a description of the possible suspects. Police say the driver was a black man, driving a dark red Kia SUV, his passenger, another suspect, is a black man with four braids in his hair and neck tattoos.

Monett, Mo- a Monett Missouri man is dead following a Zero Turn lawn mower crash Thursday evening. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol 72-year-old Raymond Haddock lost control of the lawn mower and overturned into a creek. Haddock was pronounced dead at the scene.

Joplin, Mo- An uptick in Missouri Covid-19 cases has led to a bigger push to get vaccinated. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services labels several Southwest Missouri areas as Covid-19 hotspots, including Joplin and Jasper and Newton Counties. The Jordan Valley Community Health Center held a vaccination clinic in Joplin to help reach those still hesitant about getting their shot. They say by doing outreach with their mobile vaccine unit, they hope to see more of Missouri’s population vaccinated.

 

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2 killed in shooting outside Famous Dave’s in Branson

BRANSON, Mo. – Police have identified two people shot and killed outside a Branson restaurant over the weekend.

Branson police say 38-year-old Krystle Buhl, of Forsyth, and 39-year-old Richard McMahan, of Merriam Woods, died in the Saturday night shooting outside of Famous Dave’s in Branson. Television station KYTV reports that officers found the pair with gunshot wounds in the restaurant’s parking lot. Police say one victim died at the scene and the other died at a hospital.

Police say they have no suspects and no motive for the shootings. Branson Police Chief Eric Schmitt says investigators have found no indication that the shooting resulted from a robbery.

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Man killed at Lake of the Ozarks bar ID’d as artist VNZA

LAKE OZARK, Mo. – Authorities have identified a man fatally shot over the weekend at a popular Lake of the Ozarks bar 27-year-old Vonza Watson, a rapper and visual artist who went by the stage name VNZA.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Camden County Sheriff’s Office identified Watson as the victim in the late Saturday night shooting at Lazy Gators entertainment venue near Lake Ozark, Missouri. Investigators say Watson was shot in the chest and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Authorities say three suspects have been arrested in the shooting. Authorities have not identified the suspects.

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Official: Multiple deaths in shooting at San Jose railyard

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – A sheriff’s spokesman says there are multiple fatalities and injuries in a shooting at a San Jose, California railyard and that the suspect is dead.

Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman said Deputy Russell Davis said Wednesday that he could not specify the number of fatalities and injuries.

He says the victims include Valley Transportation Authority employees

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THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story is below

The mayor of San Jose said several people were being treated for injuries after police and sheriff’s officials responded to reports of a shooting at a railyard on Wednesday.

Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a tweet that “the shooter is no longer a threat” and the facility has been evacuated.

He said the shooting “has left several people being treated, but the situation is still being assessed.”

The shooting took place at a light rail facility that is next door to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and across a freeway from the airport. A spokesperson for the Valley Transportation Authority did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.

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Charges filed against man shot by police in southwest Missouri

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Newton and McDonald County prosecutors file charges against a man shot by police following a chase on Tuesday. Benjamin Chase Ivey of Granby, Missouri faces charges of First Degree Felonious Assault, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Resisting Arrest by Fleeing.

(Previous Story: Police chase leads to gunfire in southwest Missouri)

The chase happened Tuesday, May 11, shorty before 12:00 p.m. Newton county deputies armed with warrants tried to contact a burglary suspect. They say Ivey pointed a weapon at officers and drove off. Officers chased him into McDonald County, where the Highway Patrol used spike strips to flatten his tires.

They say he drove into a field near Highways C and CC, then got out and shot at deputies. That’s when deputies returned fire, injuring Ivey. At last report he was at a Joplin Hospital. There’s no word yet on what kind of injuries he suffered.

A team made up of the Joplin Police Department, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the officer involved shooting

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School shooting in Russia kills 9 people; suspect arrested

MOSCOW (AP) — A gunman launched an attack on a school in the Russian city of Kazan that left at least nine people dead Tuesday — including seven youngsters — and sent students running out of the building as smoke poured from one of the windows.

At least 21 others were hospitalized, six in extremely grave condition, authorities said.

The attacker, identified only as a 19-year-old, was arrested, officials said. They gave no immediate details on a motive.

But Russian media said the gunman was a former student at the school who called himself “a god” on his account on the messaging app Telegram and promised to “kill a large amount of biomass” on the morning of the shooting.

Attacks on schools are rare in Russia, and President Vladimir Putin reacted by ordering the head of National Guard to revise regulations on the types of weapons allowed for civilian use.

Four boys and three girls, all eighth-grade students, died, as well as a teacher and another school employee, said Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic, where Kazan is the capital.

Footage released by Russian media showed students dressed in black and white running out of the building. Another video depicted shattered windows, a stream of smoke coming out of one, and the sound of gunfire. Dozens of ambulances lined up at the entrance.

Russian media said while some students were able to escape, others were trapped inside during the ordeal.

“The terrorist has been arrested, 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name. Other accomplices haven’t been established. An investigation is underway,” Minnikhanov said.

Authorities said the 21 hospitalized included 18 children.

Authorities announced a day of mourning on Wednesday and canceled all classes in Kazan schools. Authorities tightened security at all schools in the city of about 1.2 million people, 430 miles (700 kilometers) east of Moscow.

The deadliest school attack in Russia took place in 2004 in the city of Beslan, when Islamic militants took more 1,000 people hostage for several days. The siege ended in gunfire and explosions, leaving 334 dead, more than half of them children.

In 2018, a teenager killed 20 people at his vocational school before killing himself in Kerch, a city in the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea. In the wake of that attack, Putin ordered authorities to tighten control over gun ownership. But most of the proposed legislative changes were turned down by the parliament or the government, the Kommersant newspaper reported.

Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said on Telegram that the suspect in the Kazan attack received a permit for a shotgun less than two weeks ago and that the school had no security aside from a panic button.

Authorities in Tatarstan ordered checks on all gun owners in the region.

Putin extended condolences to the families of the victims and ordered the government to give them all necessary assistance. Russian officials promised to pay families 1 million rubles (roughly $13,500) each and give 200,000 to 400,000 rubles ($2,700-$5,400) to the wounded.

The Kremlin sent a plane with doctors and medical equipment to Kazan, and the country’s health and education ministers headed to the region.