MIAMI, Okla. — A portable electric heater is believed to have touched off a fire Monday morning that damaged a house in Miami.
Firefighters responding at 7:30 a.m. to a call on A Street Northwest encountered fire and smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story house occupied by the Paul Schell family. No injuries were reported.
Capt. Kyle Highsmith of the Miami Fire Department said firefighters confined the blaze to the bedroom of origin, but there was extensive smoke damage to the home. Highsmith said the occupants were gone and returned home to find the fire in progress.
He said firefighters found an electric heater overturned in the bedroom that is believed to have started the fire.
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Housing Authority resident homicide victim
A close friend discovered Jerry D. Loflin deceased inside his apartment Thursday morning, and a few hours later police confirmed that he had been murdered. The 65-year-old resident of the Joplin Housing Authority’s Bartlett Hills complex on the southwest side of the city was well-liked by neighbors.
“He was a real nice man, a generous man,” Frank Norris said. “Always friendly.”
Driver injured in car accident close to Jasper
A 21-year-old man was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 1 a.m. Thursday on County Road 220 at the junction with Route M, four miles southwest of Jasper in Jasper County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Mother charged with threatening son with knife
A rural Joplin woman is facing a felony weapon charge after authorities say she threatened her 14-year-old son with a knife during a dispute.
Man ordered to stand trial in robbery case
A Joplin man, accused of posing as a pastor to get inside an elderly woman’s home and rob her, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court.
Joplin man pleads guilty in case of felony assault
A Joplin man pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony assault charge in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
Joplin man's death being treated as suspicious
Police are investigating the death of a man inside his apartment on the west side of Joplin.
Arkansas man hurt in accident south of Seneca
An Arkansas man suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday on Missouri Highway 43, four miles south of Seneca in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Firefighters rescue woman, dog from burning house
CARTHAGE, Mo. — Firefighters rescued a woman trapped inside her burning home early Wednesday in Carthage.
Police arrest man after gun displayed, victim threatened
NEVADA, Mo. — Police arrested a 26-year-old man Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly displayed a handgun while threatening another man in the parking lot of a business in Nevada.
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