News to Know (1/3/21)

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

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – The wintry weather may have stopped falling, but not before it slickened roads across the area. A semi-truck lost control on U.S. 69 in Fort Scott Saturday just after 4:30pm. The truck ran off the road and crashed into a pick-up truck parked in a driveway before crashing into a home at 1415 State Street. A passenger of the semi-truck was taken to Via Christi with serious injuries, no one else was injured in the crash.

AURORA, Mo. – The Lawrence County, Missouri coroner investigates after a man was found dead in Aurora, apparently due to extreme frostbite. A 911 caller found the man on Highland road near a tree stand on the property, which was owned by his family. He was taken to Mercy hospital where he later died from his injuries. Officials say they don’t suspect foul play.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Kan. – Slick roads may be to blame for three fatalities in Kansas. On Saturday the first one happened just before 2:00am in Wyandotte County on I-435 when a car rear-ended a KDOT plow truck at near highway speeds. The driver, 20-year-old Ernesto Lopez of Platte City, Missouri was killed. The driver of the plow truck suffered minor injuries. The second accident happened on I-135 in McPherson County around 4:00pm Saturday when 36-year-old Jimmie Hall III of Wichita lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ditch. 43-year-old Lesley Berner of Osage City, Kansas was killed when she lost control of her vehicle on U.S. 56 in Osage County.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Former Police K9 Belgon has passed away. Belgon retired in 2018 and has been enjoying his retirement home with his handler, officer Adam Brannin. According to the JPD’s Facebook page, Belgon’s health declined rapidly and Officer Brannin had to make the difficult decision to have him put to rest.