News to Know: Crews search for missing man at Joplin’s Grand Falls, and 3rd escaped inmate captured in Texas

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities stop their search for a man missing at the Grand falls in Joplin. The search began shortly before 5:00am on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities received a report that a man went over the falls and did not resurface. Redings Mill and Neosho Water Rescue provided support in that area. And further downstream Galena, Kansas Water Rescue entered the water near Schermerhorn Park in Cherokee County. Joplin Fire Deputy Chief Andy Nimmo says they called off the search Tuesday night because the water was swift and dangerous. They ask everyone to avoid the area. The search will resume Wednesday morning under the direction of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Click here for more information about this story.

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – The Barry County Missouri Sheriff’s Department has just reported that authorities have captured Lance Stephens, the last of three men who broke out of the Barry County Jail earlier this month. He was captured in San Antonio, Texas. Authorities had previously captured the other two escapees, Christopher Blevins was caught near Casper, Wyoming, and Matthew Crawford was found in Springfield. Follow the case here.

AURORA, Mo. – Police in Aurora, Missouri investigate the death of a couple. The police chief says a neighbor got a call asking him to call 911 for help. When officers arrived at the home at 1642 Oak Drive, they found the man and woman both dead from gun shot wounds. Police say there is no threat to the public. You can find more details here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – And with this intense heat it is important to remember to stay safe from heat exhaustion. Symptoms include heavy sweating, cold, pale and clammy skin and muscle cramps. Experts say you should get medical help right away if there’s vomiting, if symptoms get worse or last longer than an hour or if confusion develops.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Flooding has closed every entrance to Yellowstone National Park across three states! More than 10,000 visitors have fled the park and it’s reopening remains uncertain. This morning we are asking if Mother Nature has ever ruined your travel plans? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and weigh in on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.