News to Know (10/28/21)

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

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Two people are dead, after an elderly man drove the wrong way on I44 in Jasper County. The Missouri Highway Patrol says Andrew Wilson, a 91-year-old from Neosho was driving east in the Westbound lanes of the Interstate three miles east of Fidelity Tuesday night. The patrol says he hit a car driven by 58-year-old Janet Edwards of Sarcoxie head-on. Both drivers died at the scene.

LOCKWOOD, Mo. – A single-car crash near Lockwood claimed the life of a 45-year-old Humansville, Missouri man. The crash happened on County Road 32, seven miles west of Lockwood. The Missouri Highway Patrol says Glen Briggs lost control on a gravel road hit a fence and flipped his SUV. Briggs died at the scene.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The city of Joplin is experiencing an increased number of suspected arsons in the area. All are either arson in the first or second degree. According to the Joplin Police Department, Christopher L. Smith of Joplin has been charged with arson in the first degree as well as six counts of child endangerment after using a butane lighter to set the window frame of a residence on fire. Authorities say Smith was suicidal, and police responded to that call a day before his arrest. Davis tells us Smith got into an argument with his girlfriend, then tried to self harm and left the residence. He then came back early in the morning and tried to get in, before setting a fire. For more information you can find the full story on our website, koamnewsnow.com

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Community Theatre is sinking its teeth into a new production and last night we got a little taste. The theatre is performing Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Last night – we got a chance to check out the production before it’s official debut. The show is a perfect date night opportunity, but don’t bring the kids, as the Community Theatre says it’ll have lots of frights.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: With more than 6,000 model cars, an Alaska man says his collection is finally complete. He says his hobby kept him busy after a cancer diagnosis left him unable to work. This morning we are asking, What do you collect? Baseball Cards? Figurines? Stamps… or maybe something else? Let us know in our Facebook discussion and cast your vote at koamnewsnow.com/vote.