News you need to know 7-29

CONVICTED SCHOOL SHOOTER DIES

One of the shooters in a 1998 school shooting in the Jonesboro, Arkansas area died in a car crash Saturday night. Police say a driver hit Drew Grant’s vehicle head-on Saturday. The other driver also died. Three other people were hospitalized. Drew Grant changed his name from Andrew Golden after the 1998 shooting. He was 11-years-old when he and a 13-year-old boy fatally shot four students and a teacher on the schoolyard at Westside Middle School.

FUNERAL HELD FOR ALEXANDRIA KOSTIAL

A funeral was held Saturday for a University of Mississippi student and Saint Louis native. Police found the body of 21-year-old Alexandria Kostial, who went by Ally, about 30 miles from campus on July 20th. Her body had multiple gunshot wounds. Another Ole Miss student, Brandon Theesfeld, is charged with murder and has been suspended from the school. His attorney says he will plead not guilty. There’s no word yet on a possible motive.

FATHER AND SON CLEAN UP BIKE TRAIL

A father and son tackle Mother Nature to clean up the 23rd Street Bike Park in Pittsburg, paving the way for more progress. Last fall, 18-year-old Ethan Lomshek took on the trails for his Eagle Scout project, dedicating 240 hours to clearing trees and debris with the help of the community. Now, the plan is to keep that momentum going, clearing out more brush to make trails safer.

SIX-YEAR-OLD RETURNS HOME

A six-year-old boy with a rare heart defect returns from his Make a Wish trip to Hawaii. Kaeson Read was born with transposition of the great arteries, a rare congenital heart defect. 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect. The CDC states online that every one in 3,300 babies born in the U.S. are affected by TGA. Kaeson’s father says he was given no chance of survival, but after having open heart surgery as a baby, he has been doing well.

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