News to Know: A Facebook Marketplace warning, and Diamond fatal crash takes out power to 1,000 customers

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ORONOGO, Mo. – The Oronogo, Missouri Police Department issues a warning for Facebook Marketplace ads. They say they received reports of homes being listed for rent on the marketplace asking for a deposit. Authorities say the ads they looked at were fraudulent and have been reported to Facebook. They also found more fraudulent ads for cars. Police warn before sending any money to any person online, you should verify the identity of the person posting the ad.

DIAMOND, Mo. – A fatal crash in Diamond, Missouri leaves about 1,000 customers without power in the city. On Thursday authorities say before 5:00pm they responded to a single car crash south of Cherry Road on U.S. 59. They say the driver was by himself and was traveling south when he crossed traffic went into a ditch. The vehicle broke a utility pole and hit a building. The driver died at the scene. At last report, power has been restored. Read more about this fatality crash here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – On Thursday fire crews in Joplin battle a fire at the 120-year old Carnegie Library building. The first call for this fire was at 5:00am. Smoke was coming out of the basement. Firefighters determined it was under control shortly after 8:00am but it rekindled that afternoon. The library had stopped operating that old building in the late 1970’s. It’s now privately owned. Authorities say the building has significant damage in the basement, along with fire and smoke damage to the upper floors. There is also water damage to all floors. However, the roof remains intact and the building is apparently sound. No word on the cause of that fire.  Find out more about the fire and the history of Joplin’s Carnegie Library here.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – A Lawrence County, Missouri man is sentenced in a homicide case. Officials initially charged Matthew Abney with several crimes including first degree murder for the 2019 shooting death of Abney’s roommate Coy Cole. Abney took an Alford plea, which means he maintains his innocence but admits there’s enough evidence to convict him. Most of the charges against Abney were dropped and the first degree murder charge was changed to second degree murder. Authorities sentenced Abney to 30-years in prison. Read more here.

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