Today’s top headlines for Jan. 14, 2020

News you need to know before you head out the door

CARTHAGE, Mo – Authorities say three agencies responded to a DWI stop in Carthage that resulted in an Officer Involved Shooting on Sunday night. Officers from the Highway Patrol and the Newton and Jasper County Sheriff’s Departments stopped a suspect who was suspected to be intoxicated. They were stopped in a parking lot near Airport Drive in Carthage. The suspect got out of his car and fired shots at the officers. The officers returned fire, killing 47-year-old Brad Stirewalt of Diamond, Missouri. The Highway Patrol Drug and Crime Control Division is still investigating the crime.

CARTHAGE, Mo – The trial of a Carthage man accused of murdering his neighbor is officially underway. Ricky Marchbanks is charged with First Degree Murder for the death of Jeremy Neeper in 2016. The Prosecution said an argument over a lawnmower caused Marchbanks to get angry with Neeper. Marchbanks also reportedly repeatedly said he’d have to kill Neeper. The Defense claims Neeper had a gun and Marchbanks acted in self-defense. The Prosecution denies the accusation that Neeper was armed.

WEBB CITY, Mo – The Webb City Police Department is on the search for 25-year-old Tre Ackerson, also from Webb City. Authorities say he is a suspect in a burglary that happened last week. Authorities say Ackerson broke into a home on Joanne Drive in Webb city. He was shot at before he ran from the scene. Police say the burglary was not random and that Ackerson is considered armed and dangerous.

OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma is bringing three new lawsuits against opioid distributors after recent success against other manufacturers.  The state is suing Cardinal Health, McKesson, and Americsource-Bergen.  The Attorney General says the companies failed to prevent the flood of opioids that saturated the state.  All three companies defended their practice.