Jan 14, 2020 11:01 PM

Two Missouri men dead after head-on crash

Posted Jan 14, 2020 11:01 PM

HOWELL COUNTY — Two people died in an accident just after 6a.m. Tuesday in Howell County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a 2003 Chevy 1500 driven by Harley W. Collins, 19, Dora, was eastbound on U.S. 160 one mile east of South Fork.

The pickup crossed the center line and struck a 2018 Dodge Journey driven by Billy R. Farris, 47, Caufield, head-on. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Collins was not wearing a seat belt, according to the MSHP.

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Kansas man asks judge for sword battle with ex-wife, lawyer
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HARLAN, Iowa (AP) — A Kansas man has asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can “rend their souls” from their bodies.

David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, said in a Jan. 3 court filing that his former wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had “destroyed (him) legally.” The Ostroms have been embroiled in disputes over custody and visitation issues and property tax payments.

The judge had the power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally," David Ostrom said, adding in his filing that trial by combat "has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States."

He also asked the judge for 12 weeks' time so he could secure Japanese samurai swords.

His motion filed in Shelby County District Court stemmed from his frustrations with his ex-wife's attorney, Ostrom told The Des Moines Register.

"I think I've met Mr. Hudson's absurdity with my own absurdity," Ostrom said, adding that his former wife could choose Hudson to act as her champion.