Arkansas State Police say a 74-year-old man from Missouri was struck by a car and killed Thursday night when he tried to walk across U.S. Highway 71 in Northwest Arkansas.
Truman Patterson, of Seligman, was walking across the highway near Springdale when he was struck by a vehicle. State police said a light rain was falling at the time, and the driver did not see Patterson until it was too late.
• Two Newton County residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 9:25 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 60, four miles west of Neosho, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
One of the drivers involved, Linda S. Taylor, 55, of Granby, and her passenger, Robert B. Eberle, 55, of Neosho, were taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, the state patrol said.
Their westbound car collided with a westbound tractor-trailer truck driven by Carl A. Watson, 49, of Seneca, when Watson attempted to pass them as they were making a left turn, the patrol said.
• Two men were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 2:15 a.m. Friday on Interstate 44, three miles east of Mount Vernon in Lawrence County, the state patrol said.
The driver of the vehicle, Hunter C. Smith, 21, of Carthage, and a passenger, Victor M. Bustamonte, 31, of Springfield, were taken to Mercy Hospital Springfield, the patrol said.
Their westbound pickup truck ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned, the patrol said.
• Four Oklahoma residents were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 11:05 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 44, a mile west of Sarcoxie in Jasper County, the state patrol said.
The driver of the vehicle, Sendie E. Margaryan, 75, and passengers Tammie L. Chidester, 44, Karen E. Mathis, 60, and Jackie L. Shrum, 60, all of Bartlesville, Okla., were taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, the patrol said.
Their westbound sport-utility vehicle ran off the road, struck a cable in the median and overturned, the patrol said.
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Murder warrant issued in fatal domestic shooting
Police believe Doyle Handle shot himself after fatally shooting Dena Davenport during a domestic disturbance Thursday night at their residence in Grove.
No charges to be filed in Joplin shooting case
The nonfatal shooting of a 25-year-old man at a Joplin residence on May 13 has been deemed justified by authorities. Jacob B. Boykin, 21, of Joplin, shot Justin S. Johnson, 25, of Carterville, once in the chest with a small-caliber handgun at 5260 E. Sunny Acres Lane.
Alcohol cited as factor in Grand Lake boat crash that killed two college students
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Hired hand won’t face death penalty in Vernon County murder case
The state has agreed not to seek the death penalty against Jeremy L. Maples in the murder of Belinda J. Beisly, but prosecutors have yet to take the option off the table for the victim’s husband, Bob T. Beisly II.
Former IRS worker gets probation after guilty plea to theft of funds
Pittsburg resident and former Internal Revenue Service employee Becky L. Book received two years probation after pleading guilty earlier this year to the theft of $26,449.65 in public funds.
Arma mother facing murder charge in sleeping baby’s death
Heather Buckalew fell asleep on a couch with her 4-month-old baby after a night last summer drinking beer with her boyfriend. The boyfriend, Donald Harvey, got up to go to work a few hours later and spotted his son, lying face down on a pillow between the back of the couch and his sleeping mother.
Vandals cause $37,000 in damage at Joplin business
A Joplin business owner was the victim of a weekend vandalism spree that resulted in an estimated $37,000 in damages and theft, in addition to putting the company out of service for at least two days.
Two plead guilty to post-tornado wire theft
Two defendants pleaded guilty Monday to stealing copper wire from utility poles in the wake of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin. Timothy M. Silveria, 45, of Joplin, and Nycoa K. Kracht, 32, of Laurel, Ind., entered open pleas of guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to felony counts of theft from a public utility.
Firefighters douse blaze inside wall; no injuries cited
The Joplin Fire Department used thermal-imaging equipment Wednesday night to detect a hidden fire inside a residence.
Exeter resident hurt in accident in Barry County
An Exeter resident was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 2:15 p.m. Thursday on Missouri Highway 76, two miles west of Exeter in Barry County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
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