Man dies in shooting after police chase

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A man was shot to death by law enforcement officers after he exchanged gunfire with them following a police chase that ended in Carthage, law enforcement authorities said.

The shooting occurred Sunday night in a parking lot in Carthage when two Missouri State Highway Patrol officers and a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy confronted the man, Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said.

The chase began when a Newton County deputy responded to a report of an intoxicated driver. The truck driver fled into Jasper County, where patrol troopers and the Jasper County deputies joined the pursuit, The Joplin Globe reported.

Eventually, the driver stopped in Carthage, got out of the truck and exchanged gunfire with the officers, who returned fire and killed him, trooper Sam Carpenter said.

Mother charged with killing her infant twins

CLAYTON, Mo. — A Missouri mother who said her infant twins were stillborn has been charged with killing the children.

Maya Caston, 25, of St. Louis faces two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office announced Sunday. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.

A St. Louis County detective wrote in the probable cause statement that she gave birth to the boy and girl between Jan. 6 and Wednesday when she called police. She told officers that she unexpectedly went into labor and that the infants were stillborn. But police said later that the children had been carried to full term and neither was stillborn.

The detective wrote that she covered the babies’ mouths and noses with a towel and blanket, concealed them and failed to seek medical attention. The complaint said she also failed to provide them with food.

She is jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Woman drowns after driving through low-water crossing

CONWAY, Mo. — Authorities say a woman has drowned after attempting to drive through a low-water crossing in southern Missouri after heavy rain.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Kristi Yates, of Grovespring, Missouri, made an unsuccessful attempt to swim to shore Saturday after her vehicle became disabled in Laclede County. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another woman, 20-year-old Jennelle Wulfmeier, of St. Charles, died Friday night after a pickup truck in which she was riding crashed into a flooded creek in Elsberry, Missouri, which is about 60 miles northwest of St. Louis.

— The Associated Press

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