Today’s Top Headlines for Wednesday, January 8th

The news you need to know before you head out the door

WELCH, Okla. – The continued search for the missing Welch girls from 20 years ago receives federal assistance. The U-S Department of Interior’s office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement aids local agencies in their search of four mine shafts around the Picher area. Yesterday, they held a meeting and assessed three of the shafts before they deploy motorized cameras and an underwater drone.

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – An Oklahoma man is in custody in connection to the body of a possible Bartlesville man. Dylan Thorton is under investigation in Arizona after a mountain lions were found feeding on human remains at Pima Canyon in Arizona. The body is feared to be Steven Brashear. Brashear went missing from Bartlesville when he left the town with Thorton. Thorton has been charged with the theft of Brashear’s car and authorities believe he is the person of interest in regard to the remains found in Pima Canyon.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. –  Suspended Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks sees an official removal from office. Dierks was suspended in March of 2019 after authorities say he interfered in the arrest of his then girlfriend as well as a witness. Dierks agreed with the accusation of misconduct. As part of his settlement, Dierks can no longer seek public office for 12 months or discuss the case. He will not serve any jail time.

NEOSHO, Mo. – The Neosho Board of Educations agrees to pursue up to 22-millions dollars in funds. The plan is to use the funds for a variety of capital improvements like a performance art center that would be capable seating of 15-hundred. A new field house would also be built along with upgrades to the locker rooms and safe rooms on each campus. Citizens met last night to discuss the tax levy that would make the plan possible.