News to Know: Coffeyville man sentenced for drive-by shooting and 4 out of 9 suspects sentenced in Lawrence County murder case

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COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – A judge sentences Benjamin Mason, II to 25 years without the possibility of parole for killing 19-year-old Kimberly Meeks in 2019. The Coffeyville, Kansas man pled no contest to a charge of first-degree murder in the case. He had originally been charged with a number of other crimes in the shooting, including *attempted* first degree murder. But those charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.  Click here for more details on the case.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – A judge sentences Kimberly Henderson to 25 years in prison for first degree robbery. She was originally charged with first degree murder in the 2020 shooting death of Sarah Pasco. Three other suspects in the crime have been sentenced. For more on that, and the status of the remaining suspects, follow this link to the full story.

INDEPENDECE, Kan. – Independence, Kansas police arrest two suspects accused of throwing a chemical bomb out of a vehicle. The incident happened on February 2, 2022. Police say Kendra Musgrove and Josh Wallace made the bomb and threw it near the home of Wallace’s ex-wife. Both Musgrove and Wallace are charged with criminal use of explosives, attempted criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, and attempted arson.  You can find a list of complete charges in this case here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Mercy Hospital in Joplin is changing its visitor restrictions to pre-pandemic policies, except when visiting covid-positive patients. Hospital visitors will not be screened when they come in, but will still need to wear a medical grade mask. Officials say the change stems from changes to Medicare and Medicaid services guidelines. Read the full story here.

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