News You Need To Know: Missing juvenile found, Mom and son go on dream vacation

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NEWTON CO, Mo. — Itali HAS BEEN FOUND. — Original Article:–Authorities in Newton County are looking for a girl last seen in her home early Tuesday morning. Detectives say 12-year-old Itali Renee Savage has health issues and the heat could worsen these issues. They believe Itali might have left her home of her own will. Officials are asking Neosho residents living east of Oakridge Drive to check their outbuildings as the last time she ran away she was found in one. Law enforcement on Wednesday led a search party around that area. The full details on Itali Renee Savage can be found on our website.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Authorities search for, Vincent Gepson, the man wanted in connection with a bank robbery that happened Monday. A surveillance image shows a man who robbed the Great Southern Bank on South Rangeline Monday morning. Police say the robber told a teller he had a gun — and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police say after they released that image — they received a call from a man identifying himself as Vincent Gepson. The caller said he resembled the robber — but said it was not him. Authorities compared photos of the robber and Gepson — including a hand tattoo — and determined they are the same person. They also say Gepson has a neck tattoo on the spot where the robber wore a bandage. Investigators say they have the evidence Gepson acquired a surgical mask shortly before the robbery — paid an outstanding bill with cash in Joplin shortly after the robbery — and walked with a limp — like the robber. Charges filed against Gepson can be found on our website.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Firefighters work to put out a blaze at a Joplin apartment complex overnight. Around 1:17 this morning — the Joplin fire department arrived on the scene of 1st and Jackson — home of the Historic Cleveland Apartments. When first responders arrived there were three buildings on fire. Joplin fire department called in the assistance of the Oronogo fire department, Redings Mill fire department, and the Carl Junction fire department. Even an hour later — the flames were still active in two of the three buildings. This is a developing story and all updates will be posted on our website.

GIRARD, Ks. — A Girard woman is finally getting the chance the go on her dream vacation with her son. Billie Messinger is a mother who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Recently — she was put in hospice care. Billie has a 10-year-old son — and she has always dreamed of taking him to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. With the help of a social worker and nurse, they were able to make that dream a reality. This story can be found on our website.