News to Know (07/20/2021)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

Van Horn, Tx- The world’s richest man is slated to leave the planet this morning. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will ride an unpiloted rocket to the edge of space along with his brother and two others. They’re scheduled to blast off from a launch pad in west Texas at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

Pittsburg, Ks- Police arrest a man after a stabbing in Pittsburg. It happened Sunday, July 18, in the 400 block of West 6th Street. Authorities say a 40-year-old man suffered multiple stab wounds to the face and abdomen. After investigating, they identified 50-year-old Jose Flores-Velez as a suspect and arrested him later on Sunday. They are holding him without bond and requesting a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Joplin, Mo- Authorities are looking for a person caught on surveillance robbing a Joplin bank with a weapon. Police say it happened Monday afternoon at the great southern bank at 1232 South Rangeline. According to police, the robber entered the bank, demanded money while displaying a weapon, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Joplin Police Department and FBI are investigating. Great Southern Bank is offering a 35-hundred dollar reward for the identity, arrest, and conviction of the robber.

Joplin, Mo- The Joplin City Council finalized a contract for the 32nd Street widening project and approved another one on first reading. Earlier this month the council started the approval process for an eight-point-six million dollar contract to fund the widening project from Shifferdecker to Central City Road. Monday, July 20, they finalized that agreement with Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. They also approved on first reading a 520-thousand dollar contract for construction phase engineering services for the project. Since this was only the first reading for the new contract, it will have to be approved again on second and third readings.