KOAM Morning News to Know 4-12

MAYES COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities in Mayes County, Oklahoma have used DNA to identify a murder victim, more than 30-years after his remains were found. That victim is William Reed. He was last seen by friends and family in Bentonville, Arkansas back in august of 1987. The forensic services unit at the University of North Texas were able to identify him using a bone. Now that his remains have been identified, the OSBI will investigate his murder.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A trial date is been set for a Joplin man charged with murder. Michael Osborne will appear before a Circuit Court April 29th. Osborne is charged with the murder of Shawn Rockers of Joplin on January 11th. Rockers was stabbed and found in the street at Third and Connor in Joplin. Osborne fled to Washington state where he was later arrested by U.S. Marshalls.

COMMERCE, Okla. – A judge in Northeastern Oklahoma sets the trial date for Homero Ceballos. He is accused of first degree murder in the death of Jose Gonzales the third. Authorities say Ceballos and Gonzales got into an argument outside of Ceballos’ home in Commerce, Oklahoma. The OSBI says Ceballos then shot Gonzales several times. His trial is set for June 13th.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The government’s latest census of agriculture for Kansas shows the number of farms in the state has dropped five percent from the count taken just five years earlier. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that there were 58,569 farms in Kansas during 2017. They covered some 45 million acres, down one percent from the 2012 census. Average net farm income was also down three percent from 2012.