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The Carthage Press
  • Ohio man hospitalized with stab wound

  • A man was taken to a Joplin hospital on Sunday after apparently stabbing himself in a car in the parking lot of a Carthage convenience store.
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  • A man was taken to a Joplin hospital on Sunday after apparently stabbing himself in a car in the parking lot of a Carthage convenience store.
    Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said he didn't have the man's name, but he was admitted to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin for treatment of the knife wound and for a mental health evaluation.
    The man probably won't face any criminal charges in Carthage, Dagnan said.
    Dagnan said officers received a 9-1-1 call at 2:54 p.m. on Sunday from a man who said he needed help. The call was immediately disconnected, but it was traced to the Fastrip convenience store at Hazel Street and Fir Road in the south part of the city.
    When officers arrived they found a 30-year-old man inside a parked vehicle suffering from an apparent self-inflicted knife wound.
    The man was not positively identified, but he is believed to be from Ohio. Dagnan said the hospital would not identify the man because of federal privacy regulations.
    The department said the investigation was continuing.
    Fire damages home
    Carthage firefighters, along with firefighters from Oronogo and Carterville, responded to put out a fire in a home in rural Jasper County west of Carthage on Friday.
    Carthage Fire Chief Chris Thompson said the second floor of the rental home at 7759 County Road 193 was a total loss due to fire damage and the contents and first floor were damaged by smoke and water.
    Three people were home at the time, but they escaped and no one was injured in the incident.
    Thompson said firefighters were called out at 9:34 a.m. Friday and arrived to find flames coming from the east side of the second story of the home.
    Thompson said firefighters entered the home to attack the flames and had the fire under control quickly. Firefighters were on scene for about three hours and the American Red Cross was called in to help the family with a place to live and basic necessities.

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