Girlfriend's Dog Killed

This undated photo provided by the Boon County Jail in Columbia, Mo., shows Mark Michael Jones Jr. Jones has been charged with stabbing his girlfriend's dog, then strangling the animal to death on Aug. 25, 2019, after getting into a vehicle to take it to a veterinarian. (Boon County Jail via AP)

Man charged with stabbing, then strangling girlfriend’s dog

COLUMBIA, Mo. | A Missouri man has been charged with stabbing his girlfriend’s dog, then strangling the animal to death after getting into a vehicle to take it to a veterinarian.

Mark Michael Jones Jr., of Columbia, is jailed on $10,000 bond after he was charged last week with a felony count of animal abuse. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The Columbia Missourian reported that on Aug. 25 the girlfriend heard her dog yelp multiple times. The probable cause statement said she found the dog with two stab wounds. Jones was in the apartment kitchen holding a knife.

The statement said that when the two got into a vehicle to take the dog to a veterinarian, Jones strangled the animal. The statement said Jones admitted to taking ecstasy.

Earthquake, 2 aftershocks reported in western Kansas

PLAINVILLE, Kan. | The Kansas Geological Survey reported an earthquake and two aftershocks were reported in Rooks County during the weekend.

The organization said a 3.7 magnitude quake was recorded Sunday morning about 9 miles west of Plainville. That was followed Sunday night be aftershocks of 2.4 and 2.2 magnitude.

The Wichita Eagle reported Geological Survey data showed 49 earthquakes have been reported this year in the northwest Kansas county. The strongest was a 4.8 magnitude on June 22.

The Kansas Corporation Commission currently is investigating about a dozen earthquakes near Hutchinson in Reno County, including several in mid-August. Two quakes with a magnitude of 4.2 were recorded three days apart in the county, where 31 quakes have been reported this year.

The investigation is focusing on injection well activity in the county.

Authorities say driver died

when pickup crashed off I-80

WOOD RIVER, Neb. | Authorities said a driver died when his pickup went out of control on Interstate 80 and crashed in south-central Nebraska’s Hall County.

The crash was reported around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, just west of the Wood River exit.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Department said Brian Gurule was headed east when his pickup ran off the pavement and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The department said the 38-year-old man lived in Kearney.

Corrections Department says officer OK after prison attack

FORT DODGE, Iowa | An assault by an inmate at a prison in Fort Dodge has left an officer with minor injuries.

The Iowa Department of Corrections said that on Sunday afternoon, an inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility attacked a correctional officer.

Officials said the attack happened about 4 p.m. when the inmate pushed the officer backward and then attempted to hit the officer. The officer responded with pepper spray and other officers quickly tried to subdue the inmate.

— From AP reports