KOAM News to Know 12-12

Joplin, Mo – Barbara Watters appeared in court after accusations that she left her husband’s body in a freezer. Watter’s attorney filed a request to have the case dismissed on the grounds that she didn’t commit a crime. According to the attorney, the next of kin has the right to choose where dead family members are laid to rest. The prosecutor argued that Watters violated the law by abandoning the corpse in the freezer and by not alerting authorities. The defense said the body was not abandoned since she knew where it was at. The judge plans to have a verdict by Friday. JPD says there is no sign of foul play.

Cherokee County, Ks – A hitch hiking passenger steals a vehicle after a Cherokee County Sheriff pulls over the cars driver. During the stop, the driver was pushed out of the car and the hitch hiking passenger hopped into the driver’s seat and sped off. The Sheriff’s Office says that man was 41-year-old Joesph Shipp. Authorities say Shipp led them on a chase that ended in Oklahoma. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Arkansas. He faces charges of Robbery, Felony Theft, Battery, Fleeing Law Enforcement, and Driving While Revoked in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County, Ks – The Cherokee County Sheriff has arrested a man they say held a woman captive and beat her overal several days. 60-year-old James Hignite is charged with a number of crimes including Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery, and Criminal Use of a Weapon. Hignite was arrested in Joplin and is awaiting extradition back to Kansas.

Joplin, Mo – Saving patients time is the goal of a new program by the Freeman Health System. It’s called “Save My Spot.” It allows patients to register online from home or work and decrease the amoutn o time they sit in the waiting room. It can also limit the exposure to other people that are sick.