KOAM News to Know 12-16

Montgomery County, Ks – Authorities investigate the murder of a teen in Montgomery County. Independence police responded to a call of shots fired around 6:00 P.M. Saturday night. Police found 19-year-old Kimberly D. Meeks of Coffeyville shot near the intersection of Laurel and Main Street. Witnesses say Meeks was walking with a man in the area when the suspect fired at them from a car while fleeing from the scene. The man with Meeks ran away.

Diamond, Mo – A home was destroyed by a fire in Diamond. Around 4:15 P.M. on Tuesday, the Diamond Fire Department was called to a home on Prairie View Road for a house fire. Officials say the house was completely engulfed and it took about an hour to get the fire under control. Redings Mill, Duneweg, Neosho, and Newton County ambulance assisted. The home owners were not home at the time of the fire but there pets were left inside and died.

Anderson, Mo – The opioid crisis nationwide has resulted in new laws being enacted at different levels to help curb the problem. For one Anderson woman, opioid restrictions are taking away her quality of life. She was injured in a car accident 20 years ago in California. She’s tried several alternatives to opioids but found they didn’t help with her chronic pain. She says she hopes restrictions may be eased in the future for patients like her who don’t abuse the medicines but need them for quality of life.

Kansas City, Mo – In Kansas City and the surrounding area snowfall is picking up in drifts. The accumulation of snow created difficulty driving conditions. It caused several cars to slide off the roadway with more than 40 reported collisions and counting. Snow there is expected to continue falling through today. Missouri State Highway Patrol has responded to over 1,000 calls for service.