News to Know: 2 men allegedly hold teen girls against their will, and snowflake suncatchers

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JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Two Jasper County men are behind bars after two underage girls are discovered in a home. On Friday, Jasper County deputies responded to a home in Joplin in order to check the welfare of a 13-year-old girl who had been reported missing from East Prairie, Missouri. During the investigation, authorities learned 19-year-old Grant Henson had driven to East Prairie, picked up the girl, and brought her back to his home. Officials say she was held against her will and sexually assaulted. Grant has been charged with First Degree Kidnapping and First Degree Sodomy. He is held without bond. The investigation also revealed another man in the home, 22-year-old Bryan Henson with a 16-year-old girl. Bryan was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Statutory Rape. He’s being held on a $100-thousand dollar bond.

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Jasper County 911 Emergency Services are alerted to a fire just south of County Road 120 and MO-96 along Old 66 Blvd. This fire happened just after noon on Saturday. Carthage Fire, Mercy Ambulance and Avilla Fire responded as mutual aid. Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies assisted. Deputies on scene say everyone mad it out of the home safely.

JOPLIN, Mo. – This might sound odd, but some folks in Joplin were able to see snow on Saturday. The Spiva Center for the arts hosted a class teaching people how to make snowflake suncatchers. They are made out of fused glass, so participants cut the glass, layered it, and then the instructor took it home and put it in her kiln. Jane Mculley, a local art instructor, says it’s her way to bring winter to the area.

ARMA, Kan. – Omicron cases are definitely not a school district’s best friend and have even forced some to close. However, there are some school districts that have been able to stay open. One of those is northeast USD 246 located in Arma. School officials there say many staff members have stepped into roles they don’t normally fill. The superintendent, for example, is serving lunch at the elementary school, as the cafeteria staff is down from six to two. The Northeast Elementary’ principal says no one on staff has complained about helping, in fact, they’re always asking where they can help next.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Jim Henson’s Fraggles are back with a brand new series, “Down at the Fraggle Rock.” Talk about bringing back memories!!!! This morning we are asking what is/was your favorite children’s show? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion below and cast your vote at