News to Know (10/18/21)

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

Pittsburg Police Arrest Suspect in Saturday Homicide

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Authorities identify the victim in Saturday evening’s homicide in Pittsburg and say they have the suspect in custody. Just before 6:30pm Saturday, officers were called to an apartment at 415 South Broadway in Pittsburg after a person reported finding a woman laying on the floor of the apartment. The Pittsburg Police Department identified the victim as 18-year old Jase Delitch, of Pittsburg. Officials say Delich was shot with a handgun. Police say after reviewing surveillance footage in the area and speaking with witnesses, they identified 23-year old Bri’yon Baker, of Tennessee as the suspect. Around midnight, Baker was located by police walking in the area of 16th and Joplin. Officials arrested Baker and after searching him, found a handgun. After questioning Baker, he was arrested for 2nd degree murder and is being held at the Crawford County Jail in lieu of a $1,000,000 bond.

Saturday Crash Leaves One Dead, One Injured

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – One person is dead and another injured following a crash in the northern part of Crawford County. The accident happened yesterday 10 miles north of Kansas Highway 47 on us Highway 69. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a car driven by 61-year old Jeffery Leroy of Pittsburg crossed the center line and into the path of a car driven by 18-year old Carter Edgecomb of Garnett. Both vehicles attempted to avoid each other and ended up crashing in the center of the roadway. Leroy died from his injuries. Edgecomb suffered minor injuries.

Joplin Roadrunners host Carthage Pumpkin Run

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The 38th Annual Pumpkin run took place Sunday in Carthage. The event featured a two mile run and an 8k run as well as pumpkin prizes for the first 40 participants. While the run is good for your body, it also benefits the scholarship fund for the Cerebral Palsy Center. The run was organized by the Joplin Roadrunners group.

Maple Leaf Festival Returns to Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Maple Leaf Festival is back for it’s 56th year with the theme, “fall” into Carthage. The festival held a parade throughout the streets of downtown. Schools, businesses, and organizations around Southwest Missouri marched in and rode through the parade. Attendees at the event say the parade is a long standing tradition for the town. It’s also one of the biggest days of the year for Carthage.

Experts Say it’s Safe to Trick-or-Treat

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT:  Our nation’s top disease expert, Anthony Fauci, says it is safe to trick-or-treat and covid numbers in the 4-states are finally trending downward. We want to know if you plan to go trick-or-treating this year? Join our Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.