News to Know (9/4/20)

All the news you need to know before you walk out the door

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – The White House Covid-19 Task Force recommends Missouri institute mask mandates for high risk counties and declares Missouri a “Red Zone” state. Both Jasper and Newton counties fit within the red and yellow zones by county, which means the task force would encourage mask mandates. The data however, is based on numbers from the week prior to August 9, 2020, which the Newton County Health Department administrator says isn’t accurate any longer.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Prosecutors charge a Joplin man with animal abuse. This is an update to a story we brought you Tuesday. That’s when we learned that a dog that was taken to the joplin humane society was apparently severely malnourished and neglected. Joplin officials tell us a man named Jayson Brockitt is charged with animal neglect and abandonment in connection with that case.

FAIRLAND, Okla. – A suspect is in custody for a shooting death near Fairland, Oklahoma. Authorities say 50 year old Alicia Williams was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in her home near East Highway 60. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrested a juvenile female suspect in the shooting, but authorities have not yet filed formal charges or released other details.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg police removed three people who were living in tents on private property. Authorities say they were living in a wooded area near the intersection of 29th and Broadway. That wooded area though is owned by a church.
City officials say they will look at potentially providing the residents with help from social services. Criminal charges were not filed in this case.