Jan 14, 2020 3:00 PM

Musician from from Branson dies in crash

Posted Jan 14, 2020 3:00 PM

CHRISTIAN COUNTY —A musician from the Missouri tourist town of Branson has been killed in a crash.

Ozark police say 30-year-old Austin Sanders died Saturday night on U.S. 65. His father, Terry Sanders, said his son went off the side of the road after falling asleep at the wheel, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Terry Sanders, who also is a musician, said his son played guitar in two bands — Snake Fighter and Venus of Willendorf. He expressed thanks for the outpouring of supportive texts, emails, phone calls and social media posts.

“This," he said of the messages, “speaks volumes of who our son, Austin Cole Sanders, was and how he has touched their lives.”

Sanders' friend Kody Schmitt said Sanders was well-known for his enthusiastic stage presence — whether there were 10 people in the audience or 100.

"He was a very short guy, very small but when he walked in the room it was like he was 8 feet tall," Schmitt said.

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2 NE Kan. officers who shot at teens were found to be justified

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A prosecutor has ruled that two suburban Kansas City police officers were justified in shooting at a pair of teenagers and wounding one of them.

Johnson County, Kansas, District Attorney Steve Howe said Monday in announcing his finding that the Olathe officers had fired in self-defense in November.

A news release said an officer encountered two 16-year-olds while investigating possible car burglaries. 

Both teens face charges in the struggle.