News to Know (10/4/21)

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

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – The Crawford County Sheriff says one of the suspects in a pursuit nearly hit a deputy during the chase. This is an update to a story we brought you last Thursday. That chase started around noon when Crawford County deputies say they tried to stop a suspected stolen car. The driver didn’t stop, and that’s when the sheriff says a deputy tried to deploy stop sticks and was nearly hit by the fleeing car. After a chase that ended in a bean field in rural Barton County, Missouri, authorities arrested two people. One of those suspects, Justin Cochran of Pittsburg has already been charged in Missouri, charges are still pending in Kansas. Pittsburg man on probation now faces another stolen car charge

QUAPAW, Okla. – A Quapaw man will serve life in prison for sexually abusing a minor – and illegally possessing parts of protected eagles. In May, Carl Ortner was convicted of abusing a minor on tribal land in 2016. Because the crime happened on tribal land, it falls under federal jurisdiction. In addition to the sexual abuse, Ortner was convicted of possessing feathers, talons and heads from seven bald eagles and seven golden eagles. In addition to life in prison, a U.S. District judge ordered Carl Ortner to pay a $100,000 fine.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin Assistant City Manager and former Health Director, Dan Pekarek, will make his retirement official today. The city on Friday celebrated his retirement with a party. Pekarek began his career with the city of Joplin back in 1986. The City of Joplin hosts retirement party for Assistant City Manager Dan Pekarek

JOPLIN, Mo. – Empty bowls presales are under way. Empty bowls is annual fundraiser in which patrons buy a handcrafted pottery bowl, enjoy a serving of soup and then have an empty bowl to take home to remind them that someone somwhere is hungry. You can purchase your bowls at Joplin Greenhouse and Coffee Shop on 32nd street in Joplin. Watered Gardens opens up Empty Bowls presales

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