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JOPLIN, Mo. — Law officers search for a domestic assault suspect at a home on the 18-block of Joplin’s west 21st street for several hours on Tuesday. As authorities continue their search they have now released his identity. They say 32-year-old Christopher L. Smith of Joplin assaulted a woman by punching her in the head multiple times and choking her. Smith has an active warrant for second-degree domestic assault.

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI — Authorities charge a Tennessee man in the traffic death of a Southwest Missouri man. The July crash claimed the life of 67-year-old Dell Clark of Neck City. Nashville police say Jeremy King of Troy, Tennessee was driving 89 miles per hour and passing cars when he clipped another car and lost control. He then hit two other cars, including Clark’s. Police say King is still hospitalized. There were no signs of alcohol or drug impairment. King is charged with vehicular homicide by recklessness among other counts.

JOPLIN, Mo. —Authorities charge Austin Bryant with the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Joplin. Investigators say the victim delivered a pizza to a home on west 20th street when a man pointed a gun at him and demanded the pizza, his phone, and all of his money. SWAT was called in to make the arrest. Bryant is charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

WINTER — Frozen water pipes can be an unexpected frustration during cold weather, and as the temperature continues to drop, it becomes even more important to make sure your pipes are well insulated. An official with Missouri American water says warm pipes are a necessity to get through the cold winter.