Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Joplin man injured in accident on old 71

A Joplin man was injured in a one-vehicle accident 2:12 p.m. today on Old Highway 71 five miles south of Joplin.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1989 Jeep Wrangler driven by Luis A. Soto Gonzalez, 42, Joplin, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a boulder.

Gonzalez was treated for minor injuries at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.

Highway Patrol Arrests May 28-29

Blake A. Reynolds, 25, Cedarcreek, driving while intoxicated, failing to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in an accident, no insurance

Nicholas R. Cole, 39, Aurora, Christian County misdemeanor warrants for trespassing and failing to appear on traffic violation, driving while suspended, failed to display valid plates, no seat belt

Kurtis B. Reeves, 36, Springfield, driving while suspended, no insurance, Laclede County warrant for failure to appear on no license








Charles P. McMurray, 34, Fair Grove, Webster County misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on traffic violation, Nixa Police Department misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on traffic violation, no seat belt, no valid license, no insurance

Donald E. James, 57, Springfield, felony driving while intoxicated, felony driving while revoked.,

Oklahoma man arrested during burglary at Cherokee County church


(From the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)

Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress at a church near Melrose in Southwest Cherokee County on Wednesday afternoon.

Upon their arrival, deputies encountered 52-year-old Aaron Cole, of Weatherford, Oklahoma, who allegedly entered through a broken window.

During the course of their investigation, Cole was reportedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.








Cole was transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he is being held on allegations of burglary, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"The arrest of this suspected thief is a great example of the partnership between our agency and the community. Thanks to a vigilant resident who reported suspicious activity, and one of our deputies patrolling the nearby county roads, the suspect was able to be taken into custody within minutes of our office being contacted," according to Chief Deputy Nate Jones.

Pavement sealing work planned in Jasper, Dade, six other counties


(From MoDOT)

Pavement Sealing Work Planned for Routes in 8 Southwest Missouri Counties Starting Week of June 3

State routes in eight (8) southwest Missouri counties are scheduled to be sealed with a mixture of rock and oil beginning the week of June 3, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Here’s a look at the locations where MoDOT crews will be working:
Cedar County: Routes A, B, BB
Polk County: Routes A, OO, C, Y, K, Z







Vernon County: Route HH between County Road 437 and Vernon/Cedar County line
Clair County: Routes O, OO
Dade County: Routes A, E, W
Jasper County: Route A
Dallas County: Route AA between Route O and Route UU
Webster County:
Route Y

Drivers also can expect flaggers and pilot cars directing them through the work zone. Drivers should wait for the pilot vehicle before proceeding through the work zone or before entering the work zone from a side road.








Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone.

Weather and/or scheduling delays will alter the work schedule.

A seal coat is not an alternative to an asphalt overlay, but is planned for these roads as an economical way to maintain and preserve the roadway. The treatments keep a road from deteriorating and will extend its life.

 

Wentworth couple injured in accident south of Sarcoxie

Two Wentworth residents were injured in a one-vehicle accident 3:20 p.m. Tuesday on Newton Road two miles south of Sarcoxie.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2001 Ford F150 driven by Tammy K. Shelton, 64, Wentworth, traveled off the roadway and overturned.

Shelton was treated for minor injuries and a passenger, Mark D. Shelton, 65, Wentworth, for moderate injuries at Mercy Joplin.
 

Seven people killed in Missouri traffic accidents over holiday weekend


(From the Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Seven people died in traffic crashes over the 2024 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2024.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated the following over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday weekend:

Traffic Statistics

Crashes -- 275
Injuries -- 161
Fatalities -- 7
DWI -- 128


Boating Statistics

Crashes -- 7
Injuries -- 7
Fatalities -- 0
Drowning -- 0
BWI -- 6








(Note: During the 2023 counting period, the Patrol investigated 287 traffic crashes, which included 117 injuries and 12 of the 13 fatalities. Also, over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday: Marine operations troopers investigated 10 boating crashes, which included no fatalities and two injuries. Troopers made 137 driving while intoxicated arrests and eight boating while intoxicated arrests. No one drowned over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday. Statewide over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 13 people died and 403 were injured in 990 traffic crashes. During the 2023 Memorial Day weekend, there were 10 boating crashes which included no fatalities and two injuries. No one drowned over last year’s Memorial Day weekend.)

Troopers investigated all seven of the traffic crash fatalities. Three fatalities occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area. One fatality occurred in each of the following areas: Troop A, Lee’s Summit, MO, Troop B, Macon, MO, Troop E, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Troop I, Rolla, MO, areas.

One person died within the counting period on Friday, May 24, 2024. Rosa L. Rodriguez, 55, of Amarillo, Texas, died when the driver of another vehicle lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway, struck the concrete median barrier, returned to the roadway, crossed the lane, and struck Rodriguez’s commercial vehicle. Both vehicles left the roadway and struck the concrete wall causing Rodriguez’s vehicle to jackknife. Both vehicles then continued down the wall until it became a guardrail. Rodriguez’s vehicle continued down the guardrail and overturned, while the other vehicle maintained contact with the cargo body of Rodriguez’s vehicle until they came to rest. Rodriguez’s vehicle then caught fire. The crash occurred in St. Louis County on Interstate 270 westbound, west of New Florissant Road. Rodriguez was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. EMS personnel pronounced Rodriguez deceased at the scene. A passenger in Rodriguez’s vehicle was not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck Rodriguez’s vehicle was not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries.








There were no fatalities on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Two fatalities occurred on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Crystal P. Hooper, 37, of Monroe City, MO, died when the vehicle she was driving traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned. The crash occurred in Marion County on U.S. Highway 61 two miles north of Palmyra, MO. Hooper was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Marion County paramedic B. Schrage pronounced Hooper deceased at the scene. A passenger in Hooper’s vehicle was wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries. The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Palmyra Fire Department, and Monroe City (MO) Police Department responded to the scene.

Patrick L. Shelton, 37, of Benton, MO, died when he was ejected from the golf cart in which he was a passenger then struck by another golf cart. The crash occurred in Bollinger County on U.S. Highway 34 west of Missouri Route Y 12 miles west of Marble Hill, MO. Dr. Anna Delanis pronounced Shelton deceased at the scene. Neither driver of the golf carts was injured.

Four people died in traffic crashes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024. Dwayne C. Washington, 44, of St. Louis, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving exited the roadway, and struck a metal guardrail. The crash occurred in St. Louis County on Interstate 270 eastbound, west of Lilac, MO. It is unknown whether Washington was wearing a seat belt. A paramedic pronounced Washington deceased at the scene.







Danny Luebbers, 18, of Salem, MO, died when the vehicle in which he was a passenger experienced a mechanical failure, traveled off the roadway into a wooded area and struck a tree. The crash occurred in Dent County on U.S. Highway 119 at Missouri Route E. Luebbers was wearing a seat belt. Dent County Coroner Gina White pronounced Luebbers deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle and another passenger sustained moderate injuries; both were wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash. The Dent County Sheriff’s Office and Salem (MO) Police Department responded to the scene.

William F. Gorman, 89, of Independence, MO, died when the motortricycle he was operating was struck as he attempted to cross U.S. Highway 65. The crash occurred in Benton County on U.S. Highway 65 at Balke Road. Gorman was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Dr. Joshua Stilley pronounced Gorman deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seat belt; she was not injured in the crash.

Ronald W. Moore III, 38, of Catawissa, MO, died when the motorcycle he was operating traveled off the roadway and struck the guardrail. Moore was ejected from the motorcycle. The crash occurred in St. Louis County on Interstate 55 north of S. Lindbergh Blvd. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Dr. Testrake pronounced Moore deceased at Mercy Hospital South.


NOTE: The statistics provided could change if late deaths occur, other departments report crashes or incidents, a fatality is determined to be a drowning, or if a fatality is determined to be caused by a medical condition after this news release was posted.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Lamar Police Department Weekly Report

(From the Lamar Police Department)

Department numbers for the week of May 20 – May 27:
Dispatched calls - 393
Reports - 13
Car Stops – 21
DWI – 0
Drug/Paraphernalia Seizure - 0
Total Arrests – 3
Ped/Bike/FIC Cards - 24
Zone, Business & Residential Checks – 189







05/20/2024 Officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Hagny for an argument between neighbors. One person was transported to the Barton County Jail and placed on a 24 hour hold for investigation for assault.

05/21/2024 Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Maple St for a domestic disturbance (physical). Parties agreed to separate for a few days. Report will be sent to the Prosecuting Attorney.

05/22/2024 Officer observed a person at a business, who he knew had been trespassed from the business. A summons for trespassing was issued.








05/23/2024 Officers were dispatched to the Lamar City Park for a person who was believed to be intoxicated. Subject was transported to the Barton County Jail and issued summonses for possession of alcohol and drinking in the city park.

05/24/2024 Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Hagny for a report of property damage. A summons was issued for property damage.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 417-682-3546 and speak with Chief Joe Moore.