News to Know (9/24/21)

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

JOPLIN, Mo. – A jury finds a Joplin murder suspect guilty. Steven Thompson left the courtroom Thursday afternoon, after hearing the jury’s verdict…guilty of First-Degree Murder, two counts of Armed Criminal Action, and First-Degree Domestic Assault. The verdict means Thompson is convicted of killing Carissa Gerard and critically injuring his estranged wife Kristina Thompson in 2015. Jury finds Stephen Thompson guilty of first-degree murder

NEVADA, Mo. – One man is dead and another is in jail following a shooting in a parking lot. Authorities have charged 62-year-old Steven Vignolo with First Degree Murder for the death of 32-year-old Justin Goolsby. Police and sheriff’s officers responded Wednesday night to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of the Pilot Truck Stop in Nevada, Missouri. They found Goolsby with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. Officers arrested Vignolo near the scene. Murder charge filed in fatal Nevada shooting

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Highway Patrol is asking the public for help finding a vehicle allegedly involved in a hit and run in Crawford County. Authorities say the crash happened around 10:00pm on September 9th on South 220th Street and East 510th Avenue. The suspect vehicle is a 2016 to 2018 white Chevy pickup, possibly a four-door, with damage to the passenger side rear quarter panel and a missing tail light. Police seek vehicle in Crawford County hit and run

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The McDonald County School District says it’s dealing with a substitute teacher shortage. The district says it normally has about 60 subs, but this year they’re down to 40. The shortage means it’s harder for classrooms when a teacher needs to take a sick day and it prevents many of them from attending professional development seminars.

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