News to Know (12/20/21)

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

NEOSHO, Mo. – Two people are killed in two separate accidents in southwest Missouri. A 17-year-old girl is dead following a crash just east of Neosho. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol she was driving westbound on Norway Road, about two miles east of Neosho, when her car left the road, struck a tree, and caught fire. Her name is not being released at this point.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – A woman from Kentucky is dead following a crash in Lawrence County. The accident happened two miles west of Halltown. Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 35-year-old Jeanna White, of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, was killed when she fell from a car on I-44 and was hit by another car. She was taken to Mercy hospital where she later died from her injuries.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Catalytic converters are big targets for thieves and now Joplin police have discovered a truckload of them. Police recovered 98 catalytic converters while serving a search warrant on north Walnut in Joplin as part of an ongoing investigation into a rash of catalytic converter thefts around the area. These devices that reduce toxic emission from vehicles contain precious metals and can draw big bucks for scrap. Investigators estimate this haul is worth about 60-thousand dollars. They’ve arrested the resident, Pamela Sims. At last report, the prosecutor had not yet filed formal charges in this case. This isn’t Sims’ first run-in with the law. Authorities charged Sims with receiving stolen property in September of 2020, after authorities recovered 24 catalytic converters from the same home. That case is not yet resolved.

LEOTI, Kan. – Authorities say two men have died in wildfires that erupted across Kansas earlier this week. Leoti officials say 84-year-old rancher and farmer Richard Shimanek died at a hospital after being burned while trying to fight a fire near his home last Wednesday. The Ellis County Sheriff’s office says the remains of 36-year-old Derrick Scott Kelley were found near his burned truck. His fiancEe reported him missing. They are the first confirmed fatalities from fires that erupted last Wednesday in western and central Kansas fueled by dry conditions and powerful winds. Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned.

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