Todays top headline’s for Jan. 16th, 2020

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CARTHAGE, Mo – Jurors reach a verdict in the trial of Ricky Marchbanks of Carthage. Marchbanks was found guilty of First-Degree murder and Armed Criminal action in the 2016 shooting death of Jeremy Neeper, also of Carthage. Defense Attorney Angela Acree said Marchbanks called the police on Jeremy and Sharon Neeper earlier in the day which pushed Neeper over the edge. She also said Neeper got a pellet gun from his house and pointed it at Marchbanks;This caused Marchbanks to shoot Neeper in self-defense. Prosecuting Attorney Theresa Kenney noted that evidence showed Marchbanks initially failed to mention Neeper had a gun to anyone. She asserted that there was no self-defense since Neeper did not have a gun. A sentencing is set for March 9th. Marchbanks is not entitled to bond under the charges.

CARTHAGE, Mo – A Carthage man takes a plea charge connected to a violent robbery in Riverton in 2018. Brandonly Hernandez pleaded no contest to Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Battery. Hernandez reportedly agreed to recommended probation at the request of the victims mother. Rodolfo Sanchez and William Wilson, the Two other suspects connected to the same robbery and assault, have already been sentenced.

TOPEKA, Kan – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly speaks to Kansas with the annual State of the State address. Kelly called for a new program that aims to improve the roads and bridges in the state during her speech. She urged lawmakers to approve a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan. Governor Kelly also warned Republican lawmakers that she would veto any tax cuts. She wants to push for modest cuts on sales tax for groceries and property taxes.

NEOSHO, Mo – A ribbon cutting christens the OCH Newton County Clinic in Neosho.  The clinic is a medical center that focuses on serving rural patients. Doctor Sweeten’s officer merged with Ozarks Community Hospital on October 1st.  Now, each month, the clinic serves 300 to 400 patients.  Many of those patients haven’t seen a doctor for a number of years due to cost concerns, but OCH hopes to fill that gap with affordable, accessible care.