News to Know (12/24/21)

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

LAMAR, Mo. – A months-long investigation leads to the arrest of three people for drug distribution in Barton County, Missouri. They are Allen Foulk, Holly Foulk, and David Elliot all from Lamar. The Foulks are charged with delivery of a controlled substance and child endangerment. Elliot is charged with possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment. The sheriff’s office says the three people were distributing meth out of a house on Lexington street in Lamar.

BOONE COUNTY, Mo. – An assistant fire chief with the Boone County, Missouri Fire Protection District is dead following a series of crashes on I70. Assistant Chief Bryant Gladney had responded to a non-injury accident near Columbia, Missouri. Gladney had arrived to divert traffic, when a tractor trailer hit his car, an ambulance, and the truck involved in the initial accident. Gladney was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 58-year-old was a 30-year veteran first responder.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper is expected to be ok after he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. It’s the second such ocurence in the past four months. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Trooper Preston Cox was watching for speeders when he saw a car swerve off the highway. He tried to drive away, but was hit by the approaching car. The driver, Chandler Perrish, is now charged with DUI causing great bodily injury, and DUI second felony offense. Trooper Cox was treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Missouri lawmaker is trying to make it easier for people to join the police force. Representative Lane Roberts has prefiled a bill that, if passed, would take away certain financial barriers to becoming an officer. Roberts is the former Joplin police chief, and says the bill is inspired by his time in that role. He tells us he hopes the bill will get more people into police departments across the state. If the bill passes, those who attend the police academy and are employed by a police force for at least four years, will be able to make a request for reimbursement.

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