News to Know (3/31/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coronavirus cases are spiking again in more than half the country. 27 states are seeing upticks. Doctors say this fourth surge can be mitigated if Americans get vaccinated. Some temporary FEMA sites are set to close as the Biden administration designates pharmacies as the main point of vaccine distribution.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police investigate after residents find letters on their doors threatening to euthanize stray and feral cats. Monday, residents in the Gray neighborhood found the letters on their properties, which had been left overnight. Those letters were found sporadically on houses in this neighborhood. The letter says any stray cat captured in the neighborhood will be euthanized starting January first. One resident shared security camera video with us, which shows the person putting the fliers up. The Joplin Police Department has opened an investigation.

GROVE, Okla. – U.S. Marshals arrest a murder suspect who was released from jail due to a Supreme Court ruling on tribal jurisdiction. The suspect is Dakota Buzzard. Authorities arrested him yesterday in Grove, Oklahoma. Authorities are still searching for his father, James Buzzard. The two are accused in the 2019 shooting death of Jerry Tapp at a home near Grove. They were in jail until earlier this month when they were released because neither federal nor tribal prosecution had re-filed paperwork after the 2020 Supreme Court ruling that said Oklahoma prosecutors lack authority to pursue criminal charges against indigenous defendants.

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Poor road conditions in Ottawa County have locals and even county commissioners frustrated. Ottawa County District 2 Commissioner Steven Chasteen has been working to improve roads in his district. He says one of the biggest issues is keeping the roads sturdy. Now he is working with a team to strengthen the roads so their efforts don’t go to waste.

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