The Big 3: dump truck crash and burn, fatal crash in Jasper county, stranger with candy and “Grease” is the word

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BIG STORY #3: About 11:15 a.m. on August 8th, a dump truck went through a guardrail on I-44 near mile marker 10 in Joplin. The driver was not able to get out of the doors, so he climbed through the windshield just a short distance to the west on Outer road where a crew from Liberty Electric was working. They ran to the crash and used all their extinguishers to help with the fire. We have more on this story if you like to click here.

BIG STORY #2: About 1 p.m. on August 9th reports of a serious crash on Baseline Boulevard near Civil War road alerted Jasper county e911. Mark Tidball, 64, was driving a 1988 Freightliner pulling a lime spreader trailer west on Baseline Boulevard nearing CR150 when he went off the right side of the road. Jasper county coroner Randy Nace claimed the body about 2:15 p.m. Next of kin were notified. Click here if you would like more information about this story.

BIG STORY #1: Authorities are looking for a Grove, Oklahoma man who reportedly gave children candy and got personal information. According to the Crawford county sheriff’s office, on July 31st, they took a report of an older white male driving a white 2011 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. the man allegedly spoke with several male juveniles at a park in Cherokee, Kansas. They identified the man as Kirk William Owen from Grove, Oklahoma. the sheriff’s office released a photo of Owen. On august 3, at around 9:30 am, authorities say Owen returned and was drove by the same children’s home, however a neighbor stopped him. Owen was driving the same white corvette convertible. After the neighbor confronted him, Owen reportedly fled the area and has not been found. If you are interested in reading more about this story, click here.

BONUS STORY: 66 Drive-In theatre, 17231 Old 66 Boulevard, in Carthage this weekend is planning a throwback double-feature showing “Grease” and “Footloose”. Olivia Newton-John who starred in “Grease” in 1978 passed away on Monday at the age of 73. Here’s more information about movie times this weekend:

  • Friday, August 12th through Sunday, August 14th
  • Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Showtime is around 8:45 p.m.
  • Ages 13 and up – $8
  • Ages 6-12 – $4
  • Ages 5 and under – free

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