From staff reports

Columbus woman killed in collision

A 26-year-old Columbus, Kan., woman died and an Atchison, Kan., woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 8:45 p.m. Saturday night on U.S. 69, two miles south of Pleasanton, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

Killed in the accident was Amy Mesplay, 26, of Columbus, a passenger in a vehicle driven by Sara Ann Turpin, 24, of Atchison. Turpin was taken to a hospital in Overland Park, Kan.

Manuel S. Tapia, 46, of Kansas City, Mo., was the other driver.

The southbound Turpin vehicle and the northbound Tapia vehicle collided head-on, the patrol said.

An Exeter man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 8:10 a.m. Sunday on Route CC, two miles north of Exeter, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Landon D. Snook, 18, the driver, was taken to Mercy St. John's South Barry County Hospital in Cassville.

The northbound vehicle ran off the road and overturned, the patrol said. Snook was thrown from the vehicle.

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 1:02 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 69, 1.3 miles south of Kansas 126 in Pittsburg, the Kansas patrol said.

Driver Robert E. Roark, 60, and a passenger, Patricia S. Roark, age unavailable, both of Columbus, were taken to Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg.

Marion N. Valladares, 26, of Pittsburg, the other driver, was also taken to Mount Carmel.

The southbound Roark vehicle and the northbound Valladares vehicle collided head-on, the patrol said.

A Mount Vernon couple were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 5:50 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 44, 11 miles west of Springfield in Greene County, the patrol said.

David L. Pickle, 42, one of the drivers, told the patrol he would seek his own medical treatment. His wife and passenger, Shelley J. Pickle, 36, was taken to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.

Adam W. Nash, 20, of Miller, was the other driver.

The westbound Nash vehicle ran off the road, struck a guardrail and bounced into the westbound Pickle vehicle, the patrol said. Both vehicles came to rest in the median.

Miami residence damaged by fire

MIAMI, Okla. - No one was injured in a fire Saturday night that heavily damaged a house at 920 L St. N.W.

Alice Welch, the homeowner and occupant, was out of the home when firefighters arrived, said Lt. Kyle Highsmith.

According to a fire report, the fire probably started in the patio area and may have been caused by an electrical malfunction, Highsmith said. The occupant apparently did not have electrical power for about three hours before she reported the fire.

The fire caused an estimated $35,000 in damage to property and $15,000 in damage to the contents, Highsmith said.

The American Red Cross placed Welch in a motel overnight, Highsmith said.

Fourteen firefighters and two engines responded to the fire, which was reported at 8:25 p.m. Firefighters were on the call two hours and 15 minutes.

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