News to Know (12/21/21)

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

LABETTE COUNTY, Kan. – A southeast Kansas deputy saves a woman’s life after she is struck by a train. A Labette County deputy working close by heard the call of a pedestrian hit by a train. The call disconnected before getting a location, but Deputy Gabe Vitt was a few blocks away from the crossing. Vitt arrived on scene quickly and applied a make shift tourniquet to the woman’s injured leg until medical officials arrived.

PARSONS, Kan. – A Parsons man is arrested on accusations that he sexually assaulted someone. The suspect has not yet been formally charged, but police say the arrest was made after a victim reported the incident at police headquarters. In a statement Police Chief Robert Spinks said quote “any physical battery is serious, but a sexual battery is an unforgivable crime, and my heart goes out to the victim in this case”.

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – A southeast Kansas drive-by shooting suspect takes a plea deal. Benjamin Mason from Coffeyville, Kansas plead guilty to First Degree Murder in the death of Kimberly Meeks. He had originally been charged with numerous other crimes in the Christmas 2019 shooting including *attempted* First Degree Murder. But through the plea deal, those charges were dropped. Mason is set to be sentenced early next year.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Southwest Missouri children affected by autism now have a local person in their corner at the state level. Ozark Center Chief Administrative Officer Vicky Mieseler is now serving on the Missouri commission on autism spectrum disorders. This autism commission is charged with reviewing existing resources, initiatives, and funding; identifying unmet needs or gaps in service or service areas; and creating tangible recommendations for system improvements, including policy, programmatic, legislative and funding recommendations.

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