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Cherokee County Sheriff's Office searching for suspect in attempted murder

Southeast Kansas police file attempted murder charges against a man they are still searching for. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is looking for 36 year old Samuel Reffett of Baxter Springs. He is described as 6 feet tall, about 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. If you see him or know


Kansas man pleads guilty to attempted murder after drug deal leads to shooting

A Lansing man pleaded guilty to attempted murder this week after he was accused in 2017 of shooting someone during a drug deal, said Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson. Andrew Giani Foderaro, 20, also pleaded guilty on Friday to possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of



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'Zombie deer disease’ has impacted 24 states including Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A fatal disease that affects the brains and spinal cords of deer, elk and moose has shown up in at least 24 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Three men arrested after fleeing Kansas Highway Patrol troopers; stolen vehicles, guns found

The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested three men Saturday after related incidents that included a chase, a car crash and a barricaded subject. About 3:30 p.m., troopers tried to make a traffic stop near the 500 block of N.E. Grattan when the vehicle began a pursuit, according to highway patrol Lt. Bryce


Former Cardinal living in Kansas Defrocked

(KSNW) Salina, Kan. - The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.


Kansas bill would protect homeowners from wind farms

RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) A House Bill requiring distance between wind farms and residential areas is headed to a committee hearing in Topeka this week. House Bill 2273 says there must be at least a mile and a half between wind farms and surrounding homes.


Local law enforcement enter mutual aid agreement

Some Four State law enforcement agencies are strengthening a pledge to pitch in when extra help is needed. Jasper county, Cherokee county, Joplin and Baxter Springs will be signing a new agreement to provide mutual aid in tough times. The agreement is based on a recent change in Missouri law that ma


Power outage for people living in Miami

MIAMI, Ok. - Power is out in the northeast part of Miami Friday night. The City of Miami says the outage is due to a loss of electric to the city's substation. Crews are working to reroute power.


Man tased by Joplin Police was waving a can of bear mace

(JOPLIN, Mo.) - ◽️ Joplin News First tipsters told us about police activity in the 800 bk of South McKinley around 1:30 PM Friday afternoon. ◽️ Since it was an unknown situation we did not broadcast live. However from a distance we were able to capture a portion of the 'bear-zarre' event. #KSN16 #KO


Winter weather causes traffic woes throughout Missouri, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) - The predicted snowfall Friday morning and early afternoon materialized and paralyzed Kansas City’s drivers. As of 1 p.m., several major interstates across the city had been closed.


Lawmakers: US budget measure includes $50M for Amtrak route through Kansas

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said Friday the funding for the Southwest Chief route will enable Amtrak to pay matching funding for a grant to pay for maintenance and safety improvements to the Southwest Chief route.


Kansas senators worry about precedent in border declaration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators worry about the precedent set by President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border with Mexico to secure more money for a wall.


Five Kansas DOT snow plows damaged due to distracted drivers

OLATHE, Kan. — Kansas Department of Transportation crews, which have worked nonstop since a winter storm moved into the area Friday, rely on snow plows to help clear the roads.


Plea offer taken, probation granted in shots-fired case

A rural Joplin man pleaded guilty Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court to a reduced charge related to an incident of gunshots being fired and involving his neighbors. He was placed on probation.


More than 40 dogs rescued from what some call a hoarding situation in Chetopa, Kansas

CHETOPA, Kan. - Dozens of dogs are now looking for a new home after being rescued on Friday (2/15) from what some are calling a hoarding situation. But residents say there's more to the story.


Three arrested after Baxter Springs raid

An investigation into suspected illegal drug activity led the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to obtain a search warrant for the home located at 1335 East Avenue in Baxter Springs Thursday morning. Read the full press release below:


Joplin City Council member resigns unexpectedly

JOPLIN, Mo. - From Joplin City PIO Lynn Onstott:. Jim West resigned from the Joplin City Council yesterday. We thank Jim for his 19 years of service to the City and wish him well.


Baxter man wanted for attempted murder

Police in southeast Kansas continue to look for a second suspect in connection with an assault in Baxter Springs on February 6th. The victim, Eric Ashley, was treated for injuries to his head from a blunt object and released. One suspect, Charles Applegate, was taken into custody for outstanding war


Kansas Republicans size up potential U.S. Senate candidates, asking: Can they win?

TOPEKA — After losing to Democrats in the governor’s race, Kansas Republicans have a simple message to would-be U.S. Senate candidates: You need to be able to win. Party loyalists began sizing up potential candidates to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts in 2020 at the state party’s annual convention