Sunday, April 30, 2017

Agenda posted for Jasper County Commission meeting

MAY 2, 2017 9:00 A.M. 






◊ County Clerk-Annual Report of Registered Voters and Polling Places





Joplin man charged with felony arson after blaze set at City Jail

A Joplin man was charged with felony arson in the first degree following a fire Tuesday at the Joplin City Jail.

The fire took place at 12:22 a.m., according to the probable cause statement.

Ricky D. Pitts, 47, was housed in G Cell, a "cell for disruptive inmates," when the incident occurred.

"Pitts removed his shirt, then removed a lighter from his back pocket and lit the shirt on fire," according to the probable cause statement. "He fanned the flames to make them as big as possible.

"Jail staff was able to put the fire out. The fire caused damage to the padding in the cell. The pad had to be replaced due to the damage.

"There were 62 inmates and four detention officers inside the jail at the time of the fire. Pitts' actions put the other inmates and detention officers at risk of injuries from the fire and smoke inhalation."

Bond has been set at $15,000 cash or surety.

Pitts was in the City Jail after being arrested for larceny.

$50,000 cash only bond set for Joplin man on felony rape charge

A $50,000 cash only bond has been set for a Joplin man charged with forcibly raping a woman during a party at his home.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Haden M. Walker, 21, was able to get the girl into a bedroom "where he held her down and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent."

The victim told Walker to stop several times, according to the affidavit, and "tried to physically make him stop, but was not successful in her attempt to stop the assault."

The alleged rape took place August 13, 2016.

A warrant has been issued for Walker's arrest.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests April 28-29

The Missouri Highway Patrol arrested the following people for driving while intoxicated:

Wylie J. Miller, 23, Hume
Jordan L. Blackburn, 31, Marshfield
Timothy B. Messner, 63, Oronogo
Bryan R. Messner, 35, Oronogo

Flash flood warning still in effect for Joplin area

Flash Flood Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
456 PM CDT SAT APR 29 2017

Cherokee KS-Crawford KS-Barton MO-Jasper MO-Dade MO-
456 PM CDT SAT APR 29 2017


At 456 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the warned
area. Up to three inches of rain has already fallen. Flash flooding
is expected to begin shortly.


A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
precautions to protect life and property.

Probable cause: After rape, Baird told teen not to tell anyone since he was on parole and could get in trouble

Christopher Baird, 25, Carthage, remains in Jasper County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond after being charged with the August 2016 forcible rape of a 16-year-old.

If he is able to post bond, online court records indicate, he will be under home arrest and have to wear an ankle monitor.

The alleged victim told the Carthage Police Department she had been lured to Baird's home under false pretenses, forcibly raped, then told to get out and not to tell anyone because he "was on parole and could get in a lot of trouble."

Online Jasper County Circuit Court records show Baird pleaded guilty April 3, 2015 to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing in the first degree and was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail.

Court records indicate the charges had been pleaded down, following an agreement worked out between Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson's office and Baird's attorney, Brian Glades.

At that point, Judge Gayle Crane sentenced Baird to spend seven years in prison, but a deal was arranged for Baird to enter a long term drug treatment program. Though court records indicate Baird's program was supposed to last two years, he is shown completing the treatment on June 18, 2015, only three months after entering the program.

At the time of that plea, Baird was already on probation after pleading guilty in April 2012 to burglary following break-ins at Schrader's Excavating, Jim's Place, and Ultimate Formals.

Baird was still on probation at the time of the alleged rape, according to court records.

The circumstances that led to the charges are spelled out in the probable cause affidavit from Carthage Police officer Steve Norman:

On 4-24-2017, I attended a forensic interview at the Children's Center with 16-year-old female (initials). During the interview, (she) disclosed the following information:

In the latter part of August 2016, (she) had been introduced to Christopher Baird through her best friend, who was also a mutual friend while attending the Lamar Fair. (she) said Brad told her friend she was cute. Days following, he kept calling and asking her to hang out.

She stated a few days after the fair, Baird had contacted her by phone indicating the mutual friend was currently at his house and asking her to come over and "hang out" with them.

(She) said she went to Baird's home at 2036 Forest, Carthage, Jasper County, MO. Once there, Baird let her into the home and told her her friend was in the bedroom. (She) was able to describe the interior of the home. She said she went to the room and went to the last bedroom on the right. 

She asked Baird where her friend was and he told her not to worry about it and shut the door. (She) said Baird then pushed her down to the bed and on her back.

Once on the bed, Baird climbed on top of her and grabbed her by the hair and pulled it down by the base of her neck. 

The girl said that at that point Baird raped her.

After it was over, Baird told (her) to get her clothes on and leave. (She) said Baird told her not to tell anyone because he was on parole and he would get in a lot of trouble.

Sarcoxie woman charged with endangerment, child removed from home filled with animal feces, rotted meat, flies

A May 10 arraignment is scheduled in Jasper County Circuit Court for a Sarcoxie woman charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child after Jasper County Sheriff's Office investigators found a five-year-old girl to be living in a home that even her mother thought was "disgusting."

The Sheriff's Office was alerted to the possibility of problems by Wildwood Elementary Principal Dusty Feather, who asked a deputy to accompany him on a visit to the home of one of his kindergarten students.

April Ball, 38, had left a message with the school, saying she was going to home school her daughter.

In the probable cause affidavit, Cpl. Matt Terry described what he and Feather discovered:

I found the home to be in unlivable conditions by having animal feces all over the house, rotted meat in the refrigerator, the home smelled of animal urine, dirty dishes in the sink, the home had trash and clothes everywhere and there were flies all over the house.

When I spoke with Ms. Ball and advised her of her Miranda rights, she told me she thought the home was "disgusting" and agreed it was unlivable conditions for her child.

Ms. Ball also told me she had been unable to clean the home due to an injury she has in her shoulder and that she has been out of town for a week.

Terry concluded, "Based on my observations of the living conditions of the home and supporting evidence, the home created a substantial risk to the child's life, body, and her health."

Division of Family Services removed the child from the home, according to the affidavit.

Rape charge filed against "John Doe" after East Newton student drugged, becomes pregnant

The Newton County Prosecuting Attorney filed first degree rape charges against a "John Doe" who allegedly drugged an East Newton High School student and had sex with her.

The girl is now eight weeks pregnant, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The incident that resulted in the rape took place in February, when the 16-year-old female "states that she left East Newton High School with another student and went to a convenience store to get a drink."

The girl said she left her drink in the car and went back into the store to use the restroom. "Once she was in the back in the car, she took several sips of her drink and cannot remember anything after that point."

The girl said she was not sexually active and had not given permission for anyone to have sex with her.

Court records offer no more information about the alleged rapist.

Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

The following petitions for dissolution of marriage were filed this week in Jasper County Circuit Court:

Donna J. Henard vs. Kenneth D. Henard
Shelbi Nesbitt vs. Alfred Nesbitt
Dakota Reasoner vs. Megan C. Reasoner
Robert P. Kronebusch vs. Lisa M. Christiansen
Deanna M. Shutters vs. Clifford Wayne Shutters
Jordan L. Rodriguez vs. Keenan A. Rodriguez
Brittany Sauceda vs Adam Sauceda
Chelsea L. Proffitt vs. Cody R. Proffitt
Christopher S.Harter vs. Kara L. Harter
Jerry T. Kyne vs. Jolanda M. Jones-Kyne
Amanda J. Carlin vs. Dennis E. Carlin
Maria C. Morales vs. Manuel D. Morales
Charles G. Crawford vs. Lucia B. Crawford
Sandra Ruddick Darr vs. Charles Darr

Newton County Dissolution of Marriage Petition

The following petition for dissolution of marriage was filed this week in Newton County Circuit Court:

Heath C. Warren vs. Mistie M. Warren

Barton County Dissolution of Marriage Petition

The following petition for dissolution of marriage was filed this week in Barton County Circuit Court:

Rebecca L. Dominguez vs. Francisco C. Dominguez

Jasper County Marriage Licenses

Andrew Richard Blake Wright, 28, Oronogo, and Ashley LaDawn Williamson, 25, Oronogo

Kenneth Scott Gratton, 27, Webb City, and Lauren Renae Navarro, 27, Webb City

Robert D. Jennings, Jr., 29, Joplin, and Heather Elise Dunavant, 27, Joplin

Kevin Lee Kreighbaum, 61, Joplin, and Laura Gwen Fletcher, 59, Joplin

James David Davis, 31, Webb City, and Angelia Dawn Goodwin, 31, Webb City

Jacob Sawyer Wright, 24, Joplin, and Rebecca Michelle Southard, 21, Joplin

Nathan Roy Varner, 27, Eagan, Minnesota, and Kate Elizabeth Lewis, 26, Granby

Teddy L. Dill, 72, Granby, and Janice Sue Clark, 61, Carthage

Terrance Hugh Miller, 47, Joplin, and Shandra Marie Taylor, 38, Joplin

Mickey Dale Lilly, 55, Joplin, and Magda Guadalupe Rodriguez, 56, Joplin

Jordan Jason Hamilton, 23, Joplin, and Paige Nicole McBay, 28, Joplin

Kyle Ray Smith, 24, Sarcoxie, and Shelly E. Lee, 37, Sarcoxie

Earl Manly Smith II, 53, Joplin, and Dena Mae Poole, 57, Joplin

Donna C. Blackmon, 31, Carthage, and Marissa Ann Matlock, 30, Carthage

Mitchell Carlin Stephens, 23, Joplin, and Staci Alexandria Derfelt, 23, Joplin

Philo A. Parker, 39, Carthage, and Patricia Gail Clark, 37, Carthage

James Howard Harris, Jr., 58, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Bobbie Sue Cremer, 65, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Terrence Jay McDonald, 29, Webb City, and Cassandra Nicole Ralston, 29, Webb City

Cody Daniel Platner, 31, Joplin, and Alyson Paige Brown, 28, Joplin

Stephen Richard Wilson, 29, Joplin, and Stacy Jean Robertson, 35, Joplin

Kathryn Jo Woodard, 59, Webb City, and Theresa Ann Mills, 58, Webb City

Jimmy Darrell Shelton II, 27, Joplin, and Shelby Anne Stukesbary, 24, Joplin

Jonathan Edward Grant, 30, Joplin, and Brooke Ashley Fleshman, 24, Joplin

Kenneth Joseph Taylor, 22, Carthage, and Shaelee Alexandra Gordon, 20, Carthage

Richard Homer Moore, 33, Coffeyville, Kansas, and Megan Leigh Cooper, 30, Coffeyville, Kansas

Agenda posted for Neosho City Council meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Neosho City Council will meet in regular session on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 203 E. Main St., Neosho, Missouri. ______________________________________________________________________________






A) April 18, 2017 – Open Session
B) April 18, 2017 – Closed Session

1. Employer of the Month-Pro-Lube Tire and Auto Center


1. Public Works – FY2017 Ford F150 4X4
2. Public Works - FY2017 Ford F350 4X4


1. Online Bill Pay Surcharge
2. Sewer Upgrade
3. MML Advocacy Fund Payment for Trac Phone Settlement



CLOSED MEETING 1. Section 610.021(1) RSMo,... Legal actions, causes of action or litigation involving a public governmental body and any confidential or privileged communications between public governmental body or its representatives and its attorneys.

Minutes posted for Crowder College Board of Trustees meeting

(From Crowder College)

There being a quorum present, the meeting of the Crowder College Board of Trustees of the Community College District of Newton-McDonald Counties, Missouri, was called to order by Board Chair, Mr. Andy Wood, at 10:01 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017, in the Crowder College Student Center Fireside Room.

Members present for the meeting were:

Andy Wood, Chair

Diane Andris, Member

Vickie Barnes, Treasurer

Rick Butler, Vice Chair

Al Chapman, Secretary

Larry Vancuren, Member

Also attending the meeting were:

Jennifer Methvin, President

Martha Nimmo, Administrative Assistant to the President

Bobbie Augspurger, Director of Institutional Research

Cindy Brown, Director of Public Information

Kathy Collier, Grants Director

Glenn Coltharp, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Christina Cullers, Controller

Curtis Daniels, Computer Technology Instructor/CTE Division Chair

Eric Deatherage, Lee Library Director

Aaron Divine, Director, McDonald County Instructional Center

Jamie Emery, Director, Maddox Hill Behavior Support Center

Mark Fitch, Director, Webb City Instructional Center

Tom Franklin, Associate Director, Training and Development Solutions

Ike Isenhower, EMS Clinical Supervisor/Paramedic Instructor

Mickie Mahan, Associate Vice President of Information Services

Adam Morris, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lisa O’Hanahan, CAMP Director

Monte Padgett, Director, Nevada Instructional Center

Michelle Paul, Director of Human Resources

Amy Rand, Vice President of Finance

Angela Seymour, Director, Cassville Instructional Center

Tiffany Slinkard, Vice President of Student Affairs

Melissa Smith, Director, Concurrent Enrollment and Regional Centers

Vickie Todd, Computer Programmer/Analyst

Robin Wolven, Access Librarian

Robin McAlester, Empire District Electric Company

Darin McCann, Photographer, KODE/KSN News

A few moments of silence were observed to prepare for the meeting. The following employees were introduced and welcomed: Lisa O’Hanahan, CAMP Director; Mitch Cordray, Director of Information Technology; Jorge Avendano, Communications Specialist; Greg Gentry, Computer Technician; Jane Gray, Accounts Payable Assistant; Caitlin Carter, Upward Bound Math/Science Academic Coordinator; Melanie Tarrant, Custodian, and MacKenzie Hutchins, Fine Arts Departmental Assistant.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Minutes of the March 15 work session and the March 20 regular meeting were approved as written and previously distributed.

Financial Reports

Mr. Wood pointed out the monthly cash flow statement and checks written from March 8 through April 10, noting that Dr. Methvin has responded to several questions already. The rest of the current fund balances and agency accounts were reviewed. Dr. Methvin said the Transport Training issue has been resolved with business and industry coming together with higher education to help the Department of Revenue understand how important it was to comply with the federal requirement to encrypt test scores transferred from state to state to let students receive their licenses. Regarding Customized Training, Dr. Methvin said new jobs and retained jobs are historically shown separately because they are pass-through funds. Tom Franklin said those items were also separated because they were not part of the previous MSSU agreement for Customized Training. Dr. Methvin said a partnership among the twelve Missouri community colleges was recently signed to be able to provide better expertise and so there would not be any training throughout the state that we could not serve. She said the colleges have worked hard this past year to get a data system for the non-credit training that we provide in an effort to try to get some state funding for the work that community colleges do. The rest of the center accounts were reviewed. Dr. Methvin and VP Rand responded to questions regarding the revenue and expense account variations. When asked, Dr. Methvin said total state withholdings for this fiscal year is about $600,000.

Billy Long: We must be aggressive in our efforts to curb opioid epidemic

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

At my age of 61 I have lots of lifetime friends with children in their 20's. Three of those friends have lost children to opioid overdoses in the last three years. Very tragic, but unfortunately a sign of the times.

Between 1999 and 2015, 12,585 Missourians died from a drug-induced overdose. Since 2000, Greene County has had one of the highest drug-induced overdose rates in Missouri. However, it is important to recognize that the victims number more than simply the body count. The tragedies associated with this epidemic reverberate throughout families across the nation.

Last December President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law which included aid to help fight opioid abuse. In April the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ announced the first round of nationwide grants and awarded Missouri $10 million to address prevention, treatment and recovery services.

President Trump is making it a priority to address this epidemic, and I look forward to working with him on this front. Drug overdoses continues to be the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Each day these tragic events claim 91 American lives. In 2015, 20,101 of the overall overdoses (52,404) were tied to prescription pain medication. Even the most innocent among us are falling victim to this scourge. In Missouri alone, there has been a 538 percent increase in babies born addicted to opiates.

This must be stopped. Opioid addiction affects us all, and we cannot afford to turn a blind eye. From the local to the national level we must be aggressive in our efforts to curb this epidemic lest families continue to crumble in its wake.

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Health Subcommittee, I have been involved in in the passage of landmark legislation, such as the 21st Century Cures Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Each of these Acts target the ongoing crisis of opioid abuse, among other things, and each has been signed into law.

I will continue to work with my colleagues on legislation that will address this growing problem. No mother, father, brother or sister should be forced to confront such devastation alone. This is not about politics. This is about preserving humanity, and that is something we can all agree on.

Hogelin, Colbert-Kean, Nichols, Theis finalists for Annie Baxter Award

(From Southern News Service)

The four finalists for the 2017 Annie Baxter Award will be honored and the recipient named during a private luncheon at noon Wednesday, May 3, in the North End Zone Facility at Missouri Southern State University.

Established in 1990, the award is presented annually to a prominent Missouri woman who makes noticeable contributions to her community in the spirit of Annie Baxter.

Baxter was elected as the Jasper County clerk in 1890. She was the first woman to hold elective office in the state of Missouri, and the first female county clerk in the United States.

The last recipient of the award was former Jasper County Commissioner Anna Ruth Crampton in 2005. The recognition was reestablished this year by Missouri Southern’s Social Science Department.

After receiving numerous nominees, the finalists selected by a panel of judges for the 2017 award are:

Barbara Hogelin, who has served for nearly 20 years as Joplin’s City Clerk.

Melodee Colbert-Kean, president of the National League of Cities and a Joplin City Council member since 2006.

Eileen Nichols, founder and market master of the Webb City Farmers Market.

Stephanie Theis, founder and director of Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri.

The event will be emceed by Dr. Ree Wells-Lewis, head of the Social Sciences Department at Missouri Southern. Nicole Shoaf, assistant professor of political science, will give a presentation on the legacy of Annie Baxter.

Joplin mayor, city council to recognize Grant Landis Monday

(From the City of Joplin)

Mayor Michael Seibert and members of the City Council will be recognizing Joplin native Grant Landis with a proclamation at the City Council’s regular scheduled meeting on Monday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

Mr. Landis recently was named the second-place winner of Lifetime TV’s The Pop Game, hosted by Grammy award winner Timbaland. Grant, age 17, is a singer/songwriter, guitarist who began his career at the age of 12. His music career has seen him headline two sold-out tours (Bedtime Stories and Grant Landis Live); co-written with Grammy award winning Kristian Bush from the band Sugarland.

Grant is the son of Michael and Brandi Landis, Joplin and the oldest of their three sons.

Roy Blunt: I will work with President Trump to ease burdensome regulations

(From Sen. Roy Blunt)

When I travel across Missouri, I hear from families, farmers, and small business owners who tell me that one of the biggest barriers to job creation and economic growth is all the red tape that is coming from federal agencies in Washington.

That’s no surprise. The Obama administration handed down a record-breaking 600 major new regulations, imposing more than $700 billion in costs on our economy.

What Washington bureaucrats don’t seem to understand is that the costs associated with these regulations will ultimately be passed on to consumers, making it more difficult for hardworking families to make ends meet.

That’s why I’ve been especially encouraged to see President Trump taking significant steps to roll back many of the most onerous Obama-era regulations that were rushed through in the last days of the administration.

To date, Congress has passed and the president has signed 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions to repeal harmful executive branch regulations, saving an estimated $10 billion over a ten-year period in regulatory costs. When combined with other executive orders the president has signed, the total annual savings could be as much as $18.8 billion, according to the American Action Forum.

Many Missourians I’ve heard from are particularly relieved that the president has signed executive orders to begin dismantling two of the most burdensome Obama administration regulations: the WOTUS Rule and so-called Clean Power Plan.

Together, these rules would have slowed economic growth and driven up the cost on everything from groceries to utility bills, and piled red tape on the farmers and ranchers we’re depending on to drive growth in the agriculture industry.

President Trump and this Congress have an historic opportunity to rein in the excessive regulatory agenda that defined the previous administration. I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump on behalf of American families, farmers, and small businesses to reduce burdensome regulations, while increasing transparency and accountability in Washington.

Friday, April 28, 2017

MSSU activities for week of May 1

(From Southern News Service)

Vocalist Bailey Park will join the Southern Jazz Combo for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

The concert will feature a variety of jazz standards, including “My Funny Valentine,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Blue Skies,” “Bye Bye Blackbird” and more. Community vocalists Rebecca and Robert Ensor will also be featured, as well as student musicians Raemon Wilson, Josh Newburry, Tyler Graves and Mark Knowles.

“This will be an outstanding opportunity to hear many of the great jazz standards as performed by an amazing young talent, Ms. Bailey Park,” says director Dr. Phillip C. Wise.

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

To celebrate the conclusion of the Tournées Film Festival at Missouri Southern, students in Shannon Connolly’s advanced French class will offer a staged reading of Eugène Ionesco’s 1960 play “Rhinocéros” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Black Box Theatre.

The adapted version of the play is about the residents of a small French village, who one day begin to turn into rhinoceroses. It will be presented in both French and English.

Students appearing in the production are Kaytlin Archibald, Forrest Bunter, Emily Campbell, Chelsea Corum, Matthew Damm, Lauren Fenske, Holly Haner, Chloe Hargrove, Dillon Henson, Emily Keeter, Jesse Lamb, Rachel McCoy, Melody Plank, Shay Thomas, Stephene Trent and Leonard Tunnell.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Other events planned for the week of May 1 include business workshops, music performances and the annual Finals Madness celebration.

Tuesday, May 2

Gift Card Bingo: 12:20 p.m., Lions Den. Students will compete for gift cards courtesy of the Campus Activities Board.

Wednesday, May 3

QuickBooks Desktop: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Plaster Hall. The Small Business & Technology Development Center will offer a session on how best to utilize the program. Cost is $79 per person. Details: 417-625-3128.

Thursday, May 4

Starting a Small Business – The First Steps: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Plaster Hall. Cost is $29 per business. Details: 417-625-3128.

Spring Choral Concert: 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 3035 S. Central City Road. Free.

Friday, May 5 (Last Day of Classes)

Finals Madness: 7 p.m. to midnight, Mayes Student Life Center. Students can unwind before finals with music, carnival games and a late-night breakfast.

Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center. Free.

Jared Swann is Joplin Police Department Officer of the Month

(From the Joplin Police Department)

March 2017 Officer of the Month is awarded to Officer Jared Swann

On March 30, 2017 Officer Jared Swann conducted a car stop near the intersection of 6th and Joplin Ave. for traffic violations. During this contact, Officer Swann determined that the driver of the vehicle, Erik Jones, was driving while intoxicated and placed him under arrest. During his investigation, Officer Swann conducted a search of the vehicle and this search not only yielded evidence related to his DWI arrest, but also 76 grams of Marijuana and a handgun. Upon further inquiry, Officer Swann determined the handgun was a firearm that was stolen during a homicide that had previously occurred at 2334 E. Zora in January of this year.

The proactive policing efforts put forth by Officer Jared Swann not only led to the arrest of an intoxicated driver, but also uncovered evidence of another unrelated crime. This created new leads that investigators were able to use to solve an open and on-going homicide investigation. Thank you Officer Swann for your hard work and dedication to the Joplin Police Department and to the citizens of Joplin and congratulations on being selected as the Officer of the Month for March of 2017.

Galena man sought on first degree murder charge

(From the Galena Police Department)

The investigation into the shooting death which occurred on April 26, 2017 in Galena has been upgraded to a Homicide Investigation.

A warrant has been issued through the Cherokee County Kansas District Court for John Fitzgerald Francis for Murder in the First Degree for the shooting death of Kelly Glasgow.

John Francis is a Black Male 5’7, 188lbs black hair and brown eye. Francis goes by the name of “POLO”.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact the Galena Police Department at (620) 783-5065. Information can also be submitted anonymously by texting 888777. Just type ‘tip cherokee’ in the message area, followed by whatever information you are able to provide.

Barton County Sheriff's news includes violent prisoner, deputy running into stop sign

On April 25th Christopher D. Furr, age 41, of Lamar was transported from the Newton County jail to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office to be incarcerated on an outstanding warrant for violation of the conditions of his probation. Furr’s warrant was a capias warrant and he was given a court date of May 11th 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

On April 25th at approximately 5:30 p.m. the jail staff at the Sheriff’s Office was escorting inmate Austin Clemons back to his cell block after being served a warrant for the criminal charge of assault when all of the sudden the inmate became aggressive, non-compliant, and started fighting with the on duty jailer. Deputy Justin Ehrsam and Sheriff Mitchell Shaw ran up the stairs to help the jailer with the inmate. The inmate had to be tased, and physically restrained to gain compliance from the inmate.
The inmate was taken back downstairs and placed in the safety restraint chair for his safety and the safety of the staff at the Sheriff’s Office. While being placed in the safety restraint chair the inmate attempted to kick at the officers involved. Due to the inmate's actions, the population at the jail, and the inability to segregate the inmate, the inmate was transported to another agency to be held temporarily. Reports will be sent to the Barton County Prosecuting Attorney for the criminal charges of assault on a Law Enforcement officer.

On April 25th Kimberly A. Porter, age 22, of Pittsburg Kansas was transported from the Crawford County Jail to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office. Porter had a outstanding warrant for her arrest out of Barton County for the charge of probation violation. The warrant for Porter was a capias warrant she was incarcerated in the Barton County jail and given a court date of May the 11th 2017.


On the April 24th a deputy of the Barton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Golden Homes Apartment Complex in Golden City, Missouri. The reason for the call was in reference to a property damage complaint. The manager of the property Dixie Taylor advised that one of the tenants had noticed one of the screens on the apartment had been bent out like someone had tried to gain access or burglarize the apartment. At this time the investigation is ongoing and a property damage report was taken.


On April 22nd at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Barton County Deputy was entering the parking lot at Wal-Mart when he misjudged the entrance and accidentally struck the stop sign. The accident was investigated by the Missouri State highway Patrol. The deputy was transported to the Barton County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries he sustained in the accident he was later released from the hospital.


On April 21st a deputy with the Barton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle north of Lamar on Interstate I-49. A subject in the vehicle later identified as Benny L. Fennel, age 23, of Nevada was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Jasper County. The offense on the warrant was for the charge of passing bad checks. The subject was transported back to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office where he posted a cash bond and later was released from the Sheriff’s Office.


On April 21st at approximately 12:30a.m. in the morning a deputy of the Barton County Sheriff’s Office made contact with a female individual who had believed that she might have a warrant. She advised that she had missed making some of her fine payments and felt she had an active warrant for her arrest. The deputy conducted a routine records check and found that the female in fact had an active warrant for her arrest. The subject Olivia C. Legrand, age 24, of Lamar was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant and transported back to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office for processing. Legrand posted Bond and she was released from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.


On April 20th a deputy with the Barton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the bank of Minden in Mindenmine, Mo. to investigate an allegation of counterfeit money which was received at the bank. The investigation in the counterfeit money was reported that the bank had received a couple of counterfeit bills from another local business. At this time the investigation is ongoing.

Joplin Police Department Arrests April 27-28

04/27/2017 0915
1139 S Rex Ave, 1 JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 34 303 E 3RD ST 54.00

04/27/2017 1058
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WF 37 3028 S JOPLIN AVE 500.00

04/27/2017 1345
4507 W 26th Pl JOPLIN, MO 64804
WM 37 303 E 3RD ST 500.00

04/27/2017 1405
200 N Picher Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WF 36 303 E 3RD ST 174.00

04/27/2017 1408
200 N Picher Ave, BLK JOPLIN, MO 64801
WF 36 303 E 3RD ST 276.50

04/27/2017 1452
9258 Fir Rd CARTHAGE, MO 64836
WM 38 303 E 3RD ST 50.00

04/27/2017 1826
930 S Jefferson Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 35 501 N BYERS AVE 0.00

04/27/2017 1645
2302 W 4th St JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 20 1905 W 32ND ST 0.00

04/27/2017 1820
WM 52 100 W 20TH ST/S MAIN ST 500.00 0
 Homeless  JOPLIN, MO

04/27/2017 2145
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 33 W 44TH ST/S OLD MAIN ST 0.00

04/27/2017 2001
620 S Porter Ave, 5 JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 33 220 S GRAY AVE 500.00

04/28/2017 0048 
1201 S Huntington Dr GREENWOOD, MO 64034 
WM 44 2149 E 7TH ST/S FOREST AVE 225.00 

04/28/2017 0114
106 N Smith St ALBA, MO 64830
WM 23 649 W 10TH ST/S SERGEANT AVE 500.00

04/28/2017 0218
214 Stella Ave STARK CITY, MO 64866
WM 27 - 2 621 W 25TH 0.00

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests April 27-28

The Missouri Highway Patrol arrested the following people for driving while intoxicated:

Flessia A. Vaughan, 43, Louisburg
Marty B. Ott, 45, Branson
Douglas E. Collins, 44, Nixa
John Pottorff, 23, Mindenmines
Marc R. Bloom, 54, Shell Knob
Malinda M. Ast, 55, Nevada

Thursday, April 27, 2017

MSSU students finalists in International DECA competition

(From Southern News Service)

Two Missouri Southern State University students were selected as finalists during the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Competition, held April 19-23 in Anaheim, Calif.

More than 1,500 Collegiate DECA members attended the conference, which included competitive events, professional development academies and management institutes.

Katelyn Patterson, a senior human resource management major from Webb City, ranked in the Top 10 in the Human Resources competition. Nathan Teeter, a senior marketing/management major from Joplin, placed second in the Marketing Management event.

Also participating in the competition were Matthew Gruenberg, junior accounting major, Webb City; Colton Craig, junior international business major, Webb City; Rebecca Robinson, senior health promotion major, Wentworth, Mo.; and Katarina Wallace, junior art major, Webb City.

To qualify for the international competition, students had to score at least 80 on proficiency tests at the regional level before placing third or higher at the state level.

Collegiate DECA is a postsecondary student business organization for students preparing for careers in the business world. The international organization has more than 15,000 members.

Sidewalk, pavement removal set for 16th Street from Main to Jackson

(From the City of Joplin)

Sprouls Construction will begin saw cutting on 16th Street from Main Street to Jackson Ave. and will be closing 3 to 4 blocks at a time starting Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. weather permitting. The intersections of north and south street will be left open. Starting Monday, May, 1, 2017 they will start the removal of pavement and sidewalks in this area.

The closure is due to starting of the 4005 project.

Drivers are urged to use alternate routes and proceed with caution at intersections.

The City appreciates your patience during these closures.

Crowder Theatre to present "Ring of Fire"

(From Crowder College)

Crowder College Theatre presents “Ring of Fire”, by Richard Maltby, Jr., April 27-29, 7:30pm nightly, plus a 2pm matinee on April 29, in the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Neosho campus. Tickets are available at the door as follows: General Admission - $8; Crowder Students & Staff - $5; Senior Citizens - $4.

This production also has a special event planned for Saturday, April 29, starting at 5:3pm. Crowder’s Aggie Club and Theatre Department have teamed up to offer “Picnic and a Play”. The event will kick off with games on the Quad starting at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm which includes a meal and show ticket. Price for Picnic and a Play is $15-adults; $5 children (ages 3-12). Tickets may be purchased by calling: 417.455.5470.

NaTasha Davies, Director of Theatre, has cast the production with the following:

Brandon Hall plays Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips, Inmate I; Jonah Drake plays .Johnny Cash, Jack Cash, Musician 1, Inmate 2; Austin Fogg plays Johnny Cash, Ray Cash, Musician 2, Inmate 3; Taylor Wright plays Vivian Cash, June Carter Cash; Kenzie Beard plays Carrie Cash

Becky Shaw, Crowder Choir/Music Instructor, has cast the following musicians:
Becky Shaw –Piano/Vocals; Bo Prock – Guitar/Vocals; Michael Clyde – Fiddle/Fire Spinner; NaTasha Davies (Crowder Theatre Director) – Rhythm/Vocals

Stage Management Team by Caitlin Barker, Rodney Rapp, & Sarah Swayne.

From the opening chords of vintage Country to Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll, searing ballads and gentle songs of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire packs a score with a rich fabric that tells the story of Johnny Cash. The great bio-pic “Walk the Line” told the story of the events, struggles and triumphs of Cash’s life. Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight, as a core group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such a part of our collective experience.

Crowder College club to hold International Festival

(From Crowder College)

NEOSHO, MO – The Crowder College International Club will be hosting an International Festival, Thursday, May 4, 11am., in the Wright Conference Center on the Neosho campus.

This year’s theme, “This is Us” will feature small presentations of countries while students and staff offer food samplings of various foods from around the world. The festivities will begin at 11am and continue until the cuisine samples are gone. “The festival is a wonderful opportunity for our students to share of themselves,” stated Sarah Horine, International Programs Coordinator.

There are international students from 30 different countries attending Crowder this spring. Festival activities will include cultural presentations and food from countries such as Venezuela, Mali, Egypt, China and more.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $4 or at the door for $5 and may be purchased by calling the International Office at 417.455.5550. This event is open to the public as well as Crowder students and staff.

Heavy rainfall, significant threat of flooding for Joplin area beginning Friday night

Threat for a Significant Flooding Event Increasing for Friday
Night into the Weekend...

St. Clair-Hickory-Camden-Pulaski-Phelps-Barton-Cedar-Polk-Dallas-
Including the cities of Fort Scott, Pawnee Station, Chicopee,
Lone Oak, Pittsburg, Baxter Springs, Lowell, Riverton, Columbus,
Neutral, Sherwin, Stippville, Warsaw, Whitakerville, Cole Camp,
Crockerville, Mora, Edmonson, Lincoln, Versailles, Rocky Mount,
Stover, Laurie, Aurora Springs, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Vichy, NEVADA,
Tiffin, Appleton City, Johnson City, Weaubleau, Hermitage,
Quincy, Wheatland, Cross Timbers, Osage Beach, Camdenton,
Decaturville, Roach, Village of Four Seasons, Fort Leonard Wood,
Laquey, Waynesville, Northwye, Rolla, Kenoma, Lamar,
Cedar Springs, El Dorado Springs, Filley, Arnica,
Caplinger Mills, Stockton, Bolivar, Buffalo, Charity, Foose,
March, Plad, Windyville, Olive, Lynchburg, Lebanon, Plato, Roby,
Bendavis, Huggins, Lake Spring, Bangert, Darien, Gladden, Howes,
Jadwin, Salem, Joplin, Carthage, Greenfield, Lockwood, Meinert,
Springfield, Marshfield, Northview, Seymour, Rogersville, Dawson,
Graff, Mountain Grove, Duncan, Mansfield, Neosho, Aurora,
Mount Vernon, Marionville, Nixa, Christian Center, Ozark,
Selmore, Vanzant, Ava, Goodhope, Rome, Squires, Dogwood, Pomona,
Pottersville, Siloam Springs, South Fork, West Plains,
White Church, Teresita, Winona, Birch Tree, Montier, Anderson,
Noel, Goodman, South West City, Pineville, Rocky Comfort, Monett,
Madry, Cassville, Kimberling City, Crane, Elsey, Indian Point,
Silver Dollar City, Branson, Hollister, Kirbyville,
Edgewater Beach, Forsyth, Ozark Beach, Powersite, Wasola, Thayer,
Alton, Couch, Greer, Thomasville, and Wilderness
847 PM CDT Thu Apr 27 2017


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of southeastern Kansas and Missouri, including the
  following areas, in southeast Kansas, Bourbon, Cherokee, and
  Crawford. In Missouri, Barry, Barton, Benton, Camden, Cedar,
  Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Hickory,
  Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, McDonald, Miller,
  Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Shannon,
  St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright.

* From Friday evening through Sunday evening

* Periods of thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall will occur
  from Friday night through Sunday. Storm total rainfall amounts
  from 3 to 6 inches are expected, with localized amounts of 8
  inches or more likely. It is still unclear where the heaviest
  rainfall will occur...although at this time the most probable
  axis of highest precipitation amounts will be along and south
  of the interstate 44 corridor.

* With soils already saturated as well as creeks, streams, and
  rivers running high, the potential for widespread and
  significant flooding is becoming increasingly likely for
  portions of the Missouri Ozarks. Flooding of some creeks,
  rivers, and low water crossings could last for several days
  after the rain ends. Areas that don`t normally flood could flood
  in this event.

Some main stem rivers that will experience significant rises and
potential flooding include the Elk, Spring, James, Big Piney,
Gasconade, Jacks Fork, Current, Eleven Point, Osage, and


A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Sixty-eight Crowder Technical students sign to attend Crowder College

(From Crowder College)

Neosho, MO – Sixty-eight area high students from the Crowder Technical Education Center (CTEC) signed letters of intent today to continue their education at Crowder College this fall.

“We are excited to have so many decide to continue their education with Crowder. As a community college we are focused on building a skilled employee to support our regions workforce,” stated Cindy Brown, Director of Public Information.

CTEC offers area high school students from Diamond, East Newton, McDonald County, Neosho, and Seneca the opportunity to take classes in Automotive Tech, Career & Tech Education Prep, Collision Repair, Computer Technology, Construction, Criminal Justice, Diesel, Early Childhood, Health Sciences, and Welding.

Students currently enrolled through CTEC planning to attend Crowder College in the fall include:

Diamond High School: Alfonso Jiminez, Allysa Schrader, Spencer harbaugh, Makayla Owens,  Bethany Edgar.

East Newton High School: Kelsey Patrick, Cierra Kosilla, Ethan Lucke, Michael Heckman, Richard Gray, Shelby Milleson, Emilea Branham

McDonald County High School: Johney Hussong, Trenton Blue, Milton Vazquez, Garrett lance, Jesse Pina, Rayleen Joseph, Justice Philpott, Alex Duchene, Tucker Brisco,

Neosho High School: Keicia Jensen, Daniel Bustamante, Jared Kellstadt, Joey Beckner, Strider Willet, Saizon Madison, Abbi Franklin, Alea Jackson, Alicia Cooper, Alondra Sanchez, Angelica Irvin, Angelica Irvin, Angelica Zarazua, Brandon Dugan, Caylin Tice, Chandler Connell, Cheryl Alexander, Chris Davis, Dina Welbert, Edmeaner Ada, Elizabeth Thompson, Faithlyn William, Ivana Liwy, Jessica Tellez, LaTaya Dunaway, Luis Hernandez, Madison McCracken, Mariann Handy, Nansi Martinez, Robert Smith,Stephen Carpenter, Summer Richmeier, Tristan McBryde, Valerie Williams,
Yimje Lee, Tristan Gustason, Permelihter Pelip, Emily Middleton, Vanessa Brattin, Joseph Tanner, Brett Parkman, Tyra Felty

Seneca High School: Brett Austin, Chase Doty, Audra Seely, Blake Hodge, Chloe Boyer, Delaney Doty

Joplin drug drop off box available year round

(From the Joplin Police Department)

All citizens---regardless of residency---have the option to dispose of unused, unwanted, surplus, orphaned and expired medicines by depositing them in the permanent drug drop-off box located at the Joplin Police Station. Joplin Police Captain Rusty Rives stated, “As other communities are participating in a one-day national collection event on Saturday, April 29, please note that the drop-off box at the Joplin Police Station is available year round for citizens’ use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.”

At home, please take pills out of all bottles, place in a sealed plastic bag, and then deliver sealed bag to a drop-off box. Personal hygiene products and liquid medicine is not accepted.

This free service is provided by the partnership of The Alliance of Southwest Missouri-Safe Teens Initiative and the City of Joplin. Police officers will take possession of the drugs placed in the drop-off box and then dispose of them through incineration.

The Joplin Police Department encourages citizens to routinely clean out their medicine chests and be aware of drugs left behind in refrigerators, drawers, shelves, pantries, vehicles, and handbags---anyplace where children or thieves can gain access.

Kevin Theilen, Safe Teens Coordinator said, “We are doing everything we can to remove medications from households because abuse of prescription drugs are now the leading cause of death in teenagers. Unfortunately 12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined!”

Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator reported that the drop-off box in Joplin and nearby communities are designed to help prevent poisoning, diversion, theft, and accidents that could potentially harm citizens of all ages through the misuse of prescription medicine. Phillips added, “It also keeps drugs out of area landfills, waste water treatment plants, and ultimately out of our drinking water.”

The program does not accept syringes, lancets, needles (also known as sharps), illicit controlled substances (such as marijuana or methamphetamine), or liquid medicine. For sharps disposal methods, contact the City of Joplin at 624-0820 ext. 501. If individuals find or desire to surrender an illicit or controlled substance, they should call their local law enforcement agency rather than risk handling or transporting the substances. Police will respond and handle such materials as abandoned property in accordance with their standard policy.

Deposits can be made anonymously in the box at the Donald Clark Justice Center, 303 East Third Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday except on City designated holidays. Permanent drop-off boxes are also located at the Jasper County Courthouse in Joplin, the Newton County Sherriff’s Office in Neosho, the McDonald County Sherriff’s Office in Pineville, and police stations in Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction, Seneca, and Lamar.

For additional information contact Captain Rusty Rives at 417-623-3131 ext. 639,; or Mary Anne Phillips, 417-624-0820 ext. 501,; or Kevin Theilen at The Alliance, 417-782-9899,

Agenda posted for Joplin City Council meeting

Monday, May 1, 2017
6:00 P.M., Council Chambers

Call To Order

Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America

Roll Call




Proclamation Recognizing Grant Landis In The City Of Joplin


Proclamation Recognizing National Public Works Week May 21 – May 27, 2017


Finalization Of Consent Agenda


Reports And Communications


Citizen Requests And Petitions


Public Hearings


Public Hearing Procedures



AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District R-2 property as described below and located 2530 Picher Avenue in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.


AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District R-1-PD property as described below and located Southwest Corner of South Even Avenue and West 26th Place in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri


AN ORDINANCE providing for the vacation of 50’ public right-of-way easement located 27th Street between Cunningham Avenue and McCoy Avenue, in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.


AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District C-O-PD and including in District R-3 property as described below and located Southwest Corner of 27th Street and McCoy Avenue in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.


AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District C-1 property as described below and located Southeast Corner of 44th Street and Indiana Avenue in the City of Joplin, Newton County, Missouri.

Consent Agenda


Minutes Of The April 17, 2017 City Council Meeting



AN ORDINANCE establishing grands and accepting the Plat of CEDAR POINT SUBDIVISION PLAT located Southwest Corner of South Even Avenue and West 26th Place, in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri



Ordinances - Emergency



AN ORDINANCE authorizing and approving a Letter of Intent between the State of Missouri and the City of Joplin outlining the material terms and conditions for the proposed exchange of properties located at the corner of South Wall Avenue and West 8th Street in Joplin owned by the State of Missouri, and the City’s property in the 700 block of South Wall Avenue; authorizing the City Manager to execute said Letter of Intent on behalf of the City; and, containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE approving a Construction Agreement by and between Stiles Roofing Inc. and the City of Joplin, Missouri, for the amount of One Hundred Fifteen Thousand, One Hundred Eighteen Dollars and no Cents ($115,118.00), for Fluid Applied Roof Restoration at the Joplin City Health Department facility; and, authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin, Missouri; and, containing an emergency clause.


AN ORDINANCE amending the Annual Budget of the City of Joplin for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 as adopted by Ordinance 2016-177 on October 17, 2016, to adjust appropriations and containing an emergency clause.

Ordinances - First Reading



This Council Bill seeks permission for the City Manager to sign an agreement between the City of Joplin and Design Workshop of Aspen, Colorado for the development of an Independent Tourism Study of the Greater Joplin Tourism Region.


AN ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Joplin to enter into an agreement with Sprinturf, LLC for the purpose of installing synthetic turf at Joe Becker and Wendell Redden Baseball Stadiums for the not to exceed price of Four Hundred Sixty One Thousand Three Hundred Sixty Three and 00/100 Dollars ($461,363.00); amending the Annual Budget of the City of Joplin for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 as adopted by Ordinance 2016-177 on October 17, 2016; and, authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin.

Ordinances - Second Reading And Third Reading


Unfinished Business


New Business


News From The PIO


Closed Session

Vote to go into closed session, which shall pertain to leasing, purchasing or sale of real estate by a public governmental body where public knowledge of the transaction might adversely affect the legal consideration therefore as set forth in Section 610.021 (2) RSMo, as amended, 2016. This meeting, record, and vote to be closed to the extent provided by law. The City Council shall adjourn at the end of the session.