Jan 22, 2020 10:00 PM

Sheriff: SUV stolen Arkansas crashes into building in Missouri

Posted Jan 22, 2020 10:00 PM
Wednesday morning crash photo courtesy KYTV
Wednesday morning crash photo courtesy KYTV

SRPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected drunken driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen Arkansas sport utility vehicle has crashed into a parked vehicle and a restaurant in Missouri while fleeing from law enforcement.

The Greene County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office says in a news release that the pursuit started around 4 a.m. Wednesday after deputies saw the driver run red lights and fishtail through an intersection. Deputies then lost sight of the SUV before finding it wedged in between another vehicle and the Springfield building. The release says no one was injured.

The driver was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit and taken to jail pending formal charges.

The release says the SUV was stolen out of Arkansas but provided no additional details about the theft.

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Jan 22, 2020 10:00 PM
Kansas mother pleads guilty in starvation, abuse of child
Francis photo Johnson Co.

OLATHE, KAN. (AP) — A Shawnee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the starvation of a 5-year-old boy.

Elizabeth Marie Francis, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sodomy and child abuse, the Johnson County District Attorney's office said.

She and her boyfriend, John Carter, 36, were charged after the child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in December 2018. Doctors reported he was bruised and malnourished from starvation, prosecutors said. The hospital staff said the boy had lost 10 pounds since he was taken to the hospital in September 2018. The child was taken into protective custody.

As part of the plea agreement, battery and endangerment charges were dismissed.

Carter has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and endangerment. His case is pending in district court.

Francis will be sentenced March 9.