News to Know (4/7/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden moved the deadline requiring states to allow all adults to qualify for coronavirus vaccines from May 1st to April 19th. 150 million doses have been administered so far in the U.S. 80% of teachers, school staff and child care workers have received at least one dose. The president also toured a vaccination site in Virginia.

LIBERAL, Mo. – A Liberal, Missouri man is charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter after a fatal crash in February. The Missouri Highway patrol said 44-year-old Ryan O’Neal drove a pickup southbound on Highway 43, two miles north of Joplin. According to the report O’Neal crashed head-on into an SUV driven by 23-year-old Sevie Davison of Oronogo. Davison was pronounced dead at Mercy hospital. At last report, authorities had not yet arrested O’Neal. He’ll face a 50-thousand dollar cash bond on that involuntary manslaughter charge.

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Three teenage girls have run away from an undisclosed location in Jasper County. The missing girls are 14-year-old Alexus Crawford of Phelps County, Missouri; 16-year-old Morgan Holderman of Clay County, Missouri; and 14-year-old Jasmine Marie Holliday of Putnam County, Missouri. The Jasper County Sheriff’s office is currently working to find them. Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser says they have detectives following up on leads based on sightings of the girls.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Department releases its annual report which shows crime is down overall in the city. Chief Roland Sloan says they saw an overall nine percent drop in crime in 2020. Two of the biggest drops were traffic related. There were increases in violent crime in the city, such as homicides and assaults. However, there was a decrease in reports of domestic violence, which has caused concern as officials worry many cases are go unreported.

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