News to Know: Parsons dog killing, Shanghai automotive competition, and Carthage 1st responder heroes

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PARSONS, Kan. – Police in Parsons, Kansas say another dog has been killed, the city’s third in less than a year. Officers say this dog, named “Drako,” was found on December 29th wrapped in a blanket by a small bridge near Felix and 7th streets. A veteranarian who examined Drako says there was severe trauma to the dog’s abdomen and around the neck from a choke chain that was on it, indicating that a human did it. This is the third dog in Parsons to be killed, and the fourth to be attacked. Police say a dog named “Bleu” was shot and killed, then another named “Zeus” was shot, but survived. Then on December 3rd, the dog of a Parsons police officer, “Ranger” was found brutally killed. A $34-thousand dollar reward is being offered in that case. However, authorities say no leads have come of it, which makes them think it is the work of a lone suspect. Parsons police are encouraging all dog owners in the city to keep an eye on their pets while they’re outside.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police release new details in the shooting death of a teenager. Todd Mayes is in custody, charged with the first degree murder of his 17-year-old daughter. The Jasper County coroner says the victim’s name is Prayer Nichelson — however friends and family knew her as Prayer Waddell. The shooting happened at a home on South Connor in Joplin. A police report indicates the suspect and victim got into a verbal argument on the upper floor, and that the girl threw a glass bottle at Mayes. They say Mayes went downstairs, got a handgun, confronted his daughter on the staircase and shot her once in the abdomen. She died at the hospital.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Kansas Technology Center at Pitt State is known for training some of the best automotive technology students in the world. Every two years the top members of the field take part in the world-skills automotive technology competition. It’s a global competition with more than 60 content areas and several people who trained at Pitt State have competed. This years competition in Shanghai, China will feature another PSU student, Ian Gregor.

CARTHAGE, Kan. – At a council meeting Tuesday night, the city of Carthage recognized some local heroes who helped save the life of a Jasper County Deputy. Chris Corbett suffered a heart attack in November. Last night, some co-workers at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, emergency dispatchers, the Carthage Fire Department, and Mercy McCune Brooks EMT’s were honored for recognizing and responding to Corbett’s symptoms.

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