Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Jasper County Criminal Cases February 25

The following criminal cases were filed in Jasper County Circuit Court:

Michael Monroe McKenzie, 1966, Joplin, felony robbery

Theresa Morrison, 1969, Joplin, felony domestic assault (two counts)

Aaron Levi King, 1991, Joplin, misdemeanor assault

James Michael Rhodes, 2003, Joplin, felony burglary, felony stealing (three counts)







Aldo Daniel Cordova-Valles, 1995, Neosho, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

Adam Kammer, 1988, Pittsburg, Kansas, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

Lonnie Stull Tilton, Jr., 1976, Webb City, felony robbery, felony domestic assault, felony resisting arrest

Jonathan Wayne Robinette, 1981, Carthage, felony unlawful possession of a firearm







Timothy Ray Simon, 1977, Neosho, felony leaving the scene of an accident, misdemeanor making a false report

Thomas Childers, 2002, Carthage, felony possession of a controlled substance

Ricky Dean Cook, 1988, Webb City, felony out-of-state fugitive

Paris M. S. Hill, 1986, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance

Christopher Strader, 1992, Joplin, possession of drug paraphernalia


Newton County Criminal Cases February 25

The following criminal cases were filed in Newton County Circuit Court:

Allen Michael Busker, 1995, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance

Ryan Alan Malchow, 1983, Joplin, misdemeanor domestic assault







Alisha Ann Warren, 1987, Bella Vista, Arkansas, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

Daniel Davis Warren, 1983, Carterville, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

Aaron Lee Matthews, 1972, Neosho, driving while revoked/suspended

McDonald County Criminal Cases February 25

The following criminal cases were filed in McDonald County Circuit Court:

Charlotte M. Frazier, 1982, Seligman, felony possession of a controlled substance, entered guilty plea, sentenced to seven days, sentence suspended

Julie Ann Emberton, 1987, Neosho, felony possession of a controlled substance, pleaded guilty, suspended sentence, placed on probation for five years








Joe D. Benefield, 1961, Noel, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident

Richard W. Martin, 1961, Rocky Comfort, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, no valid license, operated vehicle owned by another knowing the owner has not maintained financial responsibility

Michael E. Waldon, 1974, Noel, felony failure to register as a sex offender

Barton County Criminal Case February 25

The following criminal case was filed in Barton County Circuit Court:

Kevin R. Forst, 1982, Lamar, felony burglary








Dade County Criminal Cases February 25

The following criminal cases were filed in Dade County Circuit Court:

Michael E. Gilkerson, 1992, Republic, felony possession of a controlled substance (two counts)

Billy Eugene Douty, 1964, Everton, felony failure to register as a sex offender

Robert Somerville, 1974, Republic, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful use of a weapon, driving while revoked/suspended, failure to register motor vehicle

Jason Andrew Muse, 1994, Everton, felony possession of a controlled substance







Vanessa Fitzpatrick, 1996, Greenfield, felony burglary, felony endangering the welfare of a child

Caleb Edward Coble, 2002, Everton, felony attempted burglary, felony harassment

David Allen Sanders, 1981, Everton, felony harassment, felony armed criminal action

Timothy Cecil Gass, 1994, Greenfield, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia

Jennifer Lynette Hurd, 1985, Everton, tampering with a utility meter, misdemeanor stealing







Jason Owen Murphree, 1980, Lockwood, careless and imprudent driving, failure to maintain financial responsibility

Cleo Max Richmond, 1952, Greenfield, felony receiving stolen property

Vernon Wayne Richardson, 1978, Greenfield, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana

Amanda Faye Woodson, 1988, Lockwood, operating motor vehicle owned by another knowing owner did not maintain financial responsibility

JFD responds to blaze at 2102 Joplin

(From the Joplin Fire Department)

On Monday, February 24, 2020, at 7:49 PM, the Joplin Fire Department responded to a report of a possible structure fire at 2102 S Joplin Ave.

The first crew arrived at 7:52 PM to find a two-story wood framed structure with fire coming from a window. Crews entered the structure and extinguished the fire. They remained on scene until 10:44 PM.








The Joplin Fire Department responded with 6 units and 17 personnel. The Fire Department was assisted by METS Ambulance Service and the Joplin Police Department. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighting personnel.

The cause of the fire was ruled as incendiary.






















Joplin Police Department spotlights Officer Mike Moore

(From the Joplin Police Department)

This week’s Officer Spotlight is Officer Mike Moore.

Officer Moore is a 13-year veteran of law enforcement and joined JPD in December 2018. Before joining JPD Officer Moore worked at Anderson, MO Police Department where he was a Sergeant who served as a DARE Officer. 

Officer Moore is currently serving in Uniform Operations, Traffic Unit, and SWAT. 








When asked what he wanted the public to know about his job responded with “I love to serve the community and look forward to many years serving with JPD. I also work everyday to change any negative perspective others have of law enforcement.” 

In his off-time Officer Moore spends most of his time at his church where he is an associate pastor and spending time with his wife and children.

Joplin man arrested on statutory sodomy, child molestation charges involving 10 and 12-year-old girls

(From the Jasper County Sheriff's Office)

John Anthony Shutters, 38, Joplin, was arrested on 02-21-20, for a charge of 1st degree statutory sodomy and 1st degree child molestation after Jasper County deputies investigated a report of a sexual abuse incidents that involved two girls ages 10 and 12.

Shutters, 38, is being held at the Jasper County Detention Center on a no bond warrant. The investigation continues and additional charges may be forthcoming.





Joplin Police Department Arrests February 24-25

02/24/2020 1300
ROGER DALE BRIDENDOLPH
212 N River COMMERCE, OK 74339
WM 50 2949 E 15TH ST/S RANGE LINE RD 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/24/2020 1307
AMANDA DAWN LONG
216 N Webb, A WEBB CITY, MO 64870
WF 28 927 S PICHER AVE 0.00
1 1 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

02/24/2020 1335
DAKOTA LEVI SCOFIELD
200 Home St, D ORONOGO, MO 64855
WM 23 1632 E NORTH ST/N ST LOUIS AVE 225.00
1 1 POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA







02/24/2020 1240
JUSTINE LOUISE MORAN
111 W 36th St JOPLIN, MO 64804
WF 23 100 W 36TH ST/S MAIN ST 0.00
1 1 DOMESTIC ASSAULT--CITY

02/24/2020 1230
CHRISTIAN JOSEPH KIRK
1145 State Highway 59 CARTHAGE, MO 64386
WM 25 303 E 3RD ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/24/2020 1639
ROBERT EUGENE ANDREWS
1505 S Missouri Ave JOPLIN, MO 64804
WM 57 1509 S MISSOURI AVE 500.00
1 1 ASSAULT - CITY

02/24/2020 1540
CHRISTOPHER SHAURON STRADER
209 S Oak Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
BM 28 949 E 26TH ST/S INDIANA AVE 500.00
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
4 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
5 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
6 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
7 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/24/2020 1545
PARIS MARGARETTE SHAN HILL
406 N Mineral Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
BF 33 2745 E 32ND ST/S ARIZONA AVE 500.00
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR







02/24/2020 1610
GARRETT ISAIAH RUCKER
2801 E Central St JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 29 301 S GENEVA AVE 500.00
1 1 LARCENY
2 1 LARCENY

02/24/2020 1645
JOHN MICHAEL HICKSON
420 S Monroe Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
BM 25 1549 W 7TH ST/S MAIDEN LN 225.00
1 1 FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY
4 1 NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE
5 1 NO PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

02/24/2020 1700
MICHAEL PAUL DORRIS
9 C St Ne MIAMI, OK 74354
WM 41 301 S GENEVA AVE 0.00
1 1 LARCENY

02/24/2020 1710
JOHN MICHAEL ALDRIGHETTI
2003 W 11th St JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 34 2003 W 11TH ST 0.00
1 1 DOMESTIC ASSAULT--CITY

02/24/2020 1835
JACOB LEE JONES
9643 County Lane 171 CARTHAGE, MO 64836
WM 19 301 S GENEVA AVE 500.00
1 1 LARCENY

02/24/2020 1650
KIMBERLY SUE ULLOA
1225 Outer Road JOPLIN, MO 64804
WF 37 303 E 3RD ST 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/24/2020 1835
BRITTANY NICHOLE SUMAGPANG
7665 Iris Rd NEOSHO, MO 64850
WF 34 301 S GENEVA AVE 500.00
1 1 LARCENY

02/24/2020 2145
DILYAN AUSTEN REID COLLINS
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
BM 25 1549 W 17TH ST/S HARLEM AVE 500.00
3 1 RESIST / INTERFERE W/ ARREST
4 1 COMPLIANCE W/ REQUEST FOR INFO BY POLICE OFFICERS
2 1 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
1 1 VEHICLE TAMPERING

New Joplin Police Chief Sloan Rowland featured on "Newsmakers"

(From Southern News Service)

The newly named leader of the Joplin Police Department is the featured guest on the next edition of “Newsmakers” on KGCS-TV.

Chief Sloan Rowland has actually been with JPD for the past 16 years, but officially took over as chief last month, following the retirement of Matt Stewart. He sits down with Judy Stiles, host and KGCS general manager, to talk about his background and goals for the department.








The show will begin airing nightly at 5:30 p.m. the week of February 23. It will also air on Saturday, February 29 at 5:30 a.m. on KOAM-TV – and is currently posted on the station’s YouTube channel, “KGCS Missouri Southern.”

KGCS programming can be seen on channel 21. It is also available on regional cable television systems such as Sparklight, Mediacom and Suddenlink Communications. The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.

Highway Patrol Arrests February 24-25

Tracy D. Westerfield, 25, Springfield, misdemeanor possession of marijuana

Paula J. Blevins, 31, Seymour, delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, felony no valid license, possession of marijuana, no insurance, no seat belt

Travis C. Gauch, 24, Ava, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seat belt







Hunter J. Davis, 18, Ponce De Leon, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia

Brandi M. Maus, 29, Schell City, felony possession of a controlled substance-clonazepam, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on right half of roadway causing accident, no seat belt

Michael S. Whited, 35, Eureka Springs, misdemeanor Christian County warrant for non-support, speeding, no seat belt

Monday, February 24, 2020

Jasper County Criminal Cases February 24

The following criminal cases were filed in Jasper County Circuit Court:

Richard Wayne McDonald II, 1987, Webb City, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony burglary, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

Courtney Terrell McKissack, 1981, Webb City, felony receiving stolen property

Ethen Michael Hatfield, 1987, Carl Junction, felony receiving stolen property

Gary M. Roberts, 1988, Joplin, felony out-of-state fugitive







Joshua Martinez, 1986, Springdale, Arkansas, felony passing a bad check (four counts)

Robert Daniel Baldwin, 1983, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

Jerry Lee McKinzie, 1978, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance

Crystal Ann Barrera Badillo, felony leaving the scene of an accident

Angela Gaylene Stone, 1967, Seneca, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

John Anthony Shutters, 1981, Joplin, felony statutory sodomy, felony child molestation

Donnir Arlen Hamilton, 1986, Belton, felony out-of-state fugitive

Mark A. Lawson, 1980, Joplin, felony burglary







Dawson A. Howell, 1998, Joplin, felony burglary

Steven W. Guinn, 1982, Fayetteville, Arkansas, felony out-of-state fugitive

Joshua Dwain Schell, 1990, Joplin, felony burglary, misdemeanor domestic assault, misdemeanor property damage

Elaine Margaret Roy, 1982, Joplin, felony endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated

Lonnie Stull Tilton, Jr., 1976, Webb City, felony robbery, felony domestic assault, felony resisting arrest

Jonathan Wayne Robinette, 1981, Carthage, felony unlawful possession of a firearm




Newton County Criminal Cases February 24

The following criminal cases were filed in Newton County Circuit Court:

Jericho Daniel Jones, 1981, Joplin, felony burglary

Jason Isreal Russell, 1981, Locust Grove, Oklahoma, felony possession of a controlled substance


McDonald County Criminal Cases February 24

The following criminal cases were filed in McDonald County Circuit Court:

William D. Webb, 1991, Anderson, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful use of a weapon, felony possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of illegal weapon

Joseph Welch, 1977, Neosho, felony possession of a controlled substance

Nalesha Daniels Martin, 1977, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance

Jeremiah W. Smith, 1980, Anderson, felony domestic assault

Ronny Bill, 1979, Noel, trespassing







Whitney Leann Teague, 1986, Saginaw, failure to maintain financial responsibility

Devenson Kauwe, 1996, Noel, no valid license, failure to register out-of-state vehicle in Missouri when Missouri resident

Debbie J. Ritchie, 1965, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, failure to maintain financial responsibility

Joseph Robert McGuire, 1990, Noel, failure to maintain financial responsibility

Nomat Langidrik, 1981, Noel, no valid license

Crystal D. Ellis, 1974, Pineville, failure to maintain financial responsibility

Tommas Jeffrey McGuire, 1996, Stella, failure to maintain financial responsibility

Olivia C. Samson, 1999, Anderson, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident


Barton County Criminal Cases February 24

The following criminal cases were filed in Barton County Circuit Court:

Joseph Travis Jamerson, 1966, Sunrise Beach, felony driving while intoxicated

Carl Thomas Powell II, 1985, Pittsburg, Kansas, felony out-of-state fugitive


I-49 in Jasper, Barton counties scheduled for resurfacing

(From MODOT)

Barton/Jasper Counties – Drivers can expect daytime lane closings and occasional traffic delays when a project to resurface Interstate 49 in Barton and Jasper counties begins the week of March 2, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

I-49 will receive a new asphalt driving surface, new guardrail and shoulders in areas, rumble strips and pavement striping along a nearly 30 mile stretch between Lamar and I-44 near Carthage.

Crews will work during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. At least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction at all times. All lanes of traffic will be open during nighttime hours.








Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the work zone. Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution.

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

Project Background


Prime Contractor: Blevins Asphalt Construction Co., Mt. Vernon
Completion Date: November 1, 2020
Construction Cost: $10.8 million

Jasper County Marriage Licenses February 15-22

Walter Berry Abel Joseph, 31, Pignon, and Michelle Esperanza Packwood, 26, Carthage

Timothy Daniel Cote, 34, Joplin, and Kayla Jean Williams, 31, Joplin

Christopher Paul Beerman, 31, Carthage, and Stephanie Lynn Vandiver, 33, Carthage

Jason Daniel Shumny, 49, Joplin, and Karla Michelle Feeney, 49, Lakeland, Tennessee

Logan Edward Jones, 25, Sarcoxie, and Clarissa Gayle Byers, 23, Sarcoxie

Darrel Alan Dinger, 34, Joplin, and Annie Madison Finn, 27, Joplin







James Andrew Sasser, 61, Joplin, and Lori Ann Linam, 53, Joplin

James Edwin Otto, 37, Cherokee, Kansas, and Laken Mischele Rickman, 26, Joplin

Wael Abdelhafez Rabeay Abdelhafez, 29, Joplin, and Salena Maria Cordova, 37, Joplin

Jay Jansen Frazier, 68, Joplin, and Luann Sheenagh Donovan, 67, Joplin

Ramsey Leopold Solomon Baird, 26, Carthage, and Jazmine Ariyana Flagle, 22, Carthage

Austin Michael Craig, 20, Webb City, and Natalie Mae Storie, 19, Webb City

Michael Shawn Wagner, 40, Scott City, and Kimber Leeann Powell, 20, Joplin

Heather Dawn Huffman, 48, Carthage, and Connie Frances Clemons, 55, Carthage

Dakota Trent McCash, 20, Fort Worth, Texas, and Mikhaila Dawn Baldwin, 18, Joplin

Jonathan Lynn Martin, 20, Cherokee, Kansas, and Savana Colleen Bennett, 20, Asbury







Adam Wayne Riebel, 34, Oronogo, and Ashton Nicole Jackman, 27, Oronogo

Kevin Eugene Greenwell, 57, Joplin, and Shawna Jean Deardeuff, 45, Joplin

Joseph Scott Milliser, 22, Joplin, and Lydia Marie Wolfe, 22, Joplin

Kody Ryan Stevens, 30, Joplin, and Kimberly Dianne Matejcek, 28, Joplin

Harold Sylvester Fetter, 82, Joplin, and Sandra Lee Tayrien, 79, Wyandotte, Oklahoma

Justin Wayne Clark, 26, Webb City, and Ashley Rose Martin, 24, Webb City

Daniel Michael Lindsey, Jr., 33, Carthage, and Jesica Lynn Mathews, 29, Carthage

Semi rollover accident reported on 126, caution urged for those driving in the area

(From the Barton County Sheriff's Office)

The Barton County 911 center received a call of a semi truck rollover accident on 126 Highway and just east of M Highway.

First responders from the Liberal Fire Department and Barton County Ambulance responded to the scene. 

At this time we have no information on injuries. 


The accident is being investigated by the Missouri state highway patrol. Please if you're driving in the area of the accident drive with caution.

Drug task force, local law agencies seize meth, marijuana, guns in directed patrol in Lanagan, Anderson

(From the McDonald County Sheriff's Office)

Last Friday evening 02-21-2020, the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson Police Department and members of the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team conducted a directed patrol around the Lanagan and Anderson area in the evening time hours.

This was a collaborative effort to utilized many different resources including drug task force, K-9 units and reserves. 








The result of this was 27 traffic stops resulting in 5 arrests, 12 grams of methamphetamines seized, prescription pills seized, 40 grams of illegal marijuana seized and 3 firearms taken off of the streets. 

Of the 3 firearms, 2 were taken off of convicted felons, and the other one was stolen out of Washington County, Arkansas.

Short story, play writing competition planned at Missouri Southern

(From Southern News Service)

As part of Harry Potter Week at Missouri Southern State University, the Department of English and Philosophy Department will sponsor a short story writing contest as well as a play writing contest.

The contests are open to current Missouri Southern students as well as those in high school or below, and community members and university faculty and staff.

Short story contest


Submissions should be in the portal genre fiction. Portal fiction is a popular subgenre of fantasy and science fiction in which a character is magically transported to another world or time.

Entries must follow these guidelines:

· Feature a specific place or object as a portal that takes your character(s) to another time or place

· Reference a lion—literal or metaphoric

· Smoothly incorporate one of these phrases from J. K. Rowling’s books:

“What sort of objects are Portkeys?”

“The snake suddenly opened its beady eyes.”

“They dropped their voices as they entered the muffled stillness of the library.”

“Professor, did you understand — ?”








· Underline each of the three above required elements.

· The short story you submit must be your own, original creation

Select which category your entry belongs in and submit it to the appropriate email address by 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

· High school and below: MSSULitLives.HighSchool@gmail.com

· Current MSSU students: MSSULitLives.MSSUStudents@gmail.com

· Community, faculty and staff: MSSULitLives.Community@gmail.com

Playwriting contest

Entries should be five to seven pages in length and set in a wizarding world, and must follow the following guidelines:

· 2-5 characters

· 1 location

· No costume changes

· Minimal props

· The short play must be your own original creation

The winning play will be directed and performed by MSSU students and will be performed live during the closing gala.

Submit manuscripts to MSSUPlayContest@gmail.com by 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Note: The directory may contact the play writer to discuss the production, so please include contact information in the body of the e-mail with your submission.

Closing gala

Finalists in each short story category and the play contest will receive special invitations to attend the closing gala at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the North End Zone Facility.

Winning short story writers will be invited to read their stories, while the winning play will be performed.

Those attending are encouraged to wear costumes.

Cherokee County Sheriff arrests suspect in burglary of Strip Pitt Bait and Tackle

(From the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)

A St. Paul Kansas man is in custody after a commercial burglary was reported to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office early Sunday morning.

Just after 6:33 a.m., the suspect forced entry into Strip Pit Bait and Tackle in West Mineral, stealing miscellaneous fishing equipment and beer. Deputies responded to the scene and obtained a description of the suspects’ vehicle, locating it a few miles away a short time later.








As the result of their investigation, Cherokee County Sheriffs’ Deputies arrested 24 year-old Justin Robert Galloway, who was transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $7,000 bond on allegations of commercial burglary, theft, criminal damage to property and driving under the influence.

“Because the suspect was quickly located and apprehended, deputies were able to recover nearly all the property which had been reported stolen and get it back to its rightful owner,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Joplin Police Department Weekend Arrests

02/21/2020 1043
CHRISTOPHER LEE MARCUS CARTER
2110 S Jackson Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
BM 25 303 E 3RD ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
4 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
5 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
6 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
7 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/21/2020 1032
KEVIN CHRISTOPHER KNEFF
516 S Empire Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 33 303 E 3RD ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
4 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
5 1 BENCH WARRANT
6 1 BENCH WARRANT
7 1 BENCH WARRANT
8 1 BENCH WARRANT
9 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/21/2020 1215
STACY LYNN PERRIN
1710 S Roosevelt Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WF 39 649 W 7TH ST/S SERGEANT AVE 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
4 1 FAIL TO APPEAR







02/21/2020 1240
LORI ANN NEWBERRY
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64804
WF 48 1102 W 32ND ST 225.00
1 1 VANDALISM
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/21/2020 1423
PATRICK JAMES LEWIS
6795 W Clearbrook Ln, 30 JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 28 303 E 3RD ST 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/21/2020 1500
CHELSIE RAE BERRY
103 Birch CARL JUNCTION, MO 64834
WF 30 303 E 3RD ST 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/21/2020 1100
ROBERT THEODORE HARTMANN
725 S Connor Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 42 900 S BYERS AVE 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/21/2020 1515
ROBECCA ANN OGLE
4305 Tiffany Ln JOPLIN, MO 64801
499 E BROADWAY ST/N LANDRETH AVE WF 57 0.00
2 1 DWS/DWR OR CANCELLED
3 1 NO PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

02/21/2020 1600
BILLY LEE MILLS
2306 E 7th St JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 59 W 7TH ST 0.00
1 1 LARCENY
2 1 VANDALISM

02/21/2020 1720
RYAN DUPREE EWING
2115 Olde Winery Road ST LOUIS, MO 63129
BM 26 2601 S MAIN ST 225.00
1 1 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

02/21/2020 2311
COLTON GAGE NEELY
806 S Porter Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 24 303 E 3RD ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/22/2020 0010
DAVID FRANKLIN CAREY
809 S Patterson Ave, B1 JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 32 431 N SERGEANT AVE 0.00
1 1 SAFE KEEP

02/22/2020 0140
SHANE CHRISTOPHER STICKROD
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 36 1501 S RANGE LINE RD 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT
3 1 BENCH WARRANT







02/22/2020 0215
MITCHELL JOHN YORK
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 38 100 E 2ND ST/S MAIN ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/22/2020 0210
MIGUEL ANGEL TARIN-MARTINEZ
2519 Quincy Street JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 41 131 W 5TH ST/S JOPLIN AVE 500.00
1 1 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED
2 1 IMPROPER BACKING

02/22/2020 0231
DESTINY CHEYENNE CONROW
3031 S Range Line Rd, 242 JOPLIN, MO 64804
3901 E 17TH ST/MELISSA TERRY LN WF 19 0.00
1 1 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

02/22/2020 1303
GALEN REECE MCCARTY
1217 E Yuma St JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 27 1217 E YUMA ST 225.00
3 1 CARELESS DRIVING
12 1 NO PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
13 1 DWS/DWR OR CANCELLED
4 1 MOVE OVER LAW - STATIONARY EMERGENCY VEHICLE
2 1 OBSTRUCTION / RESISTING
1 1 ASSAULT OFFICER
5 1 COMPLIANCE WITH REQUEST FOR ID BY POLICE OFFICER - BUSIN
6 1 FAIL TO YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLE
7 1 SLOW VEHICLES USE RIGHTHAND LANE IN CHANGING LANES

02/22/2020 1453
LONNIE STULL TILTON Jr
29 S Ball Street WEBB CITY, MO 64870
WM 43 1671 W 29TH ST 0.00
1 1 DOMESTIC ASSAULT--CITY
4 1 RESIST / INTERFERE W/ ARREST
3 1 LARCENY - SHOPLIFTING

02/22/2020 1609
DALTON MICHAEL SAVAGE
810 S Bittersweet Ln, 8 JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 23 2949 E 11TH ST/S RANGE LINE RD 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
4 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
5 1 DWS/DWR OR CANCELLED
6 1 NO PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

02/22/2020 2010
RONALD LEE ENGLE
1206 S Connor Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 51 700 N MAIN ST 500.00
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/22/2020 2119
JAMES DOYLE WEBER
6369 W Buryhill JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 38 1500 S WALL AVE 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/23/2020 0012
REBEKAH RENEE REED
1322 S Pennsylvania Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
249 E 19TH ST/S PENNSYLVANIA AVE
WF 29 250.00
1 1 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
4 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/23/2020 0020
JONATHAN WAYNE STALEYS
719 E 40th St JOPLIN, MO 64804
WM 34 5002 S MAIN ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/23/2020 0120
RANDY WAYNE LAGRASSA
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 39 1501 S RANGE LINE RD 225.00
1 1 TRESPASS UPON ANOTHER PROPERTY

02/23/2020 1325
JENNIFER ANN WLAZLINSKI
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WF 40 4777 W DOWNSTREAM BLVD 0.00
1 1 SAFE KEEP

02/23/2020 1405
PAUL ANDREW FREEL
1719 S Kentucky Ave, A4 JOPLIN, MO 64804
WM 50 2600 E 26TH ST 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/23/2020 1600
DYLAN O CAMPBELL
WM 24 101- 125 N RANGE LINE RD 500.00
64601 E 40 Rd QUAPAW, OK 74363
1 1 LARCENY

02/23/2020 1600
KAITLYN ISABELLE LATURNER
1904 E Ave BAXTER SPRINGS, KS 66713
WF 19 3449 E 20TH ST/S REX AVE 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/23/2020 1640
KENNETH CLAY SNIDER Jr
906 Byers Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 34 1419 S MAIN ST 500.00
1 1 DISTURBING THE PEACE
2 1 RESIST / INTERFERE W/ ARREST

02/23/2020 2040
DON EMERY BROWN Jr
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 56 1549 W 7TH ST/S MAIDEN LN 225.00
1 1 TRESPASS UPON ANOTHER PROPERTY

02/23/2020 2338
BRITTANY JEWEL ELLIS
5365 County Lane 51, 10 REEDS, MO 64859
WF 21 303 E 3RD ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
2 1 FAIL TO APPEAR
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/24/2020 0205
DANIEL SCOTT MORRIS
1830 W 24th St, B JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 51 303 E 3RD ST 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT
3 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/24/2020 0240
CARY LEE GOFF
3126 S Pennsylvania Avenue JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 22 849 E 8TH ST/S OHIO AVE 500.00
1 1 RESIST / INTERFERE W/ ARREST

02/24/2020 0240
RICKY LEE BALL
WM 40 849 E 8TH ST/S OHIO AVE 500.00
123 Bulger Dr CARTERVILLE, MO 64835
1 1 RESIST / INTERFERE W/ ARREST
2 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/24/2020 0727
JERMANE LATTE KELLY-WATERFORD
324 S Mineral Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
BM 32 2222 S JOPLIN AVE 0.00
1 1 DOMESTIC ASSAULT--CITY

Carthage woman killed in single-vehicle accident

A Carthage woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident 7:20 a.m. Saturday on MO 171, a half mile west of Carthage.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2015 Honda Civic driven by Gerber J. Ochoa, 21, Carthage, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

A passenger, Stephanie Torres, 23, Carthage, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:03 a.m. by Dr. Roberto Moran.








Ochoa was treated for minor injuries at Mercy Hospital, Joplin.

The fatality was the 14th this year for Highway Patrol Troop D.

Sarcoxie man injured in accident near Stella

A Sarcoxie man was injured in a one-vehicle accident 6:15 p.m. Saturday on Route H, three miles north of Stella.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Samuel L. Lane, 37, Sarcoxie, failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.

Lane was treated for moderate injuries at Freeman Neosho.

Carthage baby killed, 5-year-old seriously injured after UTV collides with tree

A one-year-old Carthage girl was killed and two other children injured in a one-vehicle accident 5:10 p.m. Saturday on private property on County Lane 121, two miles northeast of Carthage.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2013 Polaris Ranger driven by an eight-year-old girl struck a tree and overturned, ejecting her and two passengers.

The one-year-old was pronounced dead by Dr. Morris Glover at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, at 6:02 p.m.







The eight-year-old and a five-year-old girl were treated for minor and serious injuries, respectively, at Mercy McCune-Brooks.

The fatality was the 15th this year for Highway Patrol Troop D.

Joplin Police respond to 19 crashes, make 157 arrests over weekend

(From the Joplin Police Department)

Your weekend numbers:

Dispatched events: 658
Car stops: 103
Crashes: 19
Reports: 75
DWI/DWI-D: 2
Drugs: 9
Arrests: 157

Highway Patrol Arrests February 23-24

Hayley E. Cloud, 18, Nixa, driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving involving a crash, failure to register motor vehicle, no insurance

James T. Roberts, 36, Nevada, felony out-of-state fugitive







Hubert H. Hoosman, 22, Springfield, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding (92 in a 65), no seat belt

Bruce F. Vaughn, 35, Bolivar, felony possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Highway Patrol Arrests February 22-23

Justin Talamantez, 21, Carthage, driving while  intoxicated, driving while revoked, no insurance, failed to drive on right half of roadway

Steven L.Taylor, 64, Joplin, felony driving while intoxicated, felony driving while revoked

Cierra Presley, 33, Independence, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding, failure to register







Trevor J. Jackson, 29, Lowry City, driving while intoxicated, failure to yield, no seat belt

Kimberly A. Mitrenga, 54, Branson, driving while intoxicated

Samuel L. Lane, 37, Sarcoxie, driving while intoxicated, no insurance, careless and imprudent driving involving a crash, no insurance, no seat belt, consuming alcohol while driving a vehicle

Terry J. Daniels, 39, Cassville, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seat belt, no insurance

Saturday, February 22, 2020

McDonald County Criminal Cases February 22

The following criminal cases were filed in McDonald County Circuit Court:

Debbie D. Blake, 1970, Southwest City, felony out-of-state fugitive

Natalie Marie Andrews, 1986, Noel, misdemeanor stealing

Katrina L. Steele, 1971, Pineville, felony stealing







Stormee S. Jones, 1997, Springdale, Arkansas, felony fraudulent use of a credit/debit device

Daniel A. Jones, 1995, Springdale, Arkansas, felony fraudulent use of a credit/debit device

William C. Martin, 1967, Cassville, felony stealing

Newton County Criminal Cases February 22

The following criminal cases were filed in Newton County Circuit Court:

Eric Wayne Higgins, 1989, Neosho, felony out-of-state fugitive

Leslie J. Guarino, 1963, Neosho, felony domestic assault



Jasper County Criminal Cases February 22

The following criminal cases were filed in Jasper County Circuit Court:

Robert Daniel Baldwin, 1983, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia

Jerry Lee McKinzie, 1978, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance

Joshua Martinez, 1986, Springdale, Arkansas, felony passing a bad check (four counts)

Richard Wayne McDonald II, 1987, Joplin, felony burglary, felony receiving stolen property, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony attempted stealing








Stephen Wayne Hill, 1980, Riverton, Kansas, felony receiving stolen property

Joy Lynn Foster, 1973, Joplin, felony stealing

Connor Shawn Allen, 2001, Joplin, felony burglary, felony assault (five counts), felony resisting arrest, felony property damage

Shayla Kay Louise Tilton, 1994, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance

James E. Smith, 1982, Joplin, felony possession of a controlled substance

Michael L. Ellis, 1966, Reeds, felony possession of a controlled substance

Dusty Ray Hodson, 1985, Carthage, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while revoked/suspended, felony unlawful possession of a firearm, misdemeanor trespassing

Corey Michael James Burton, 1989, Carthage, felony tampering with a motor vehicle

Jonathon Dillon Ham, 1992, Joplin, felony delivery of a controlled substance

Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

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

Kevin M. Cline vs. Kellie R. Cline
Christopher K. Chappell vs. Melissa A. Chappell
Matthew J. Williams vs. Charlie K. Richey
Ryan Millman vs. Chantel M. Millman
Matthew Patrick vs. Faith S. Patrick
Edward J. Tyler vs. Carrie L. Tyler
Coltin Adams vs. Kyleigh Adams
Rocky L. Parker vs. Linda J. Parker






Carl D. Corter vs. Kara L. Corter
Tiffany Qualatte vs. James Qualatte
Courtney E. Webster vs. Matthew A. Webster
Nelson E. Giron-Najera vs. Joy M. Cane-Giron
Emma H. Anderson vs. Donald R. Anderson
Cody Baker vs. Angeal Baker
Vincent D. Ashworth vs. Katherine J. Ashworth
Tony Evans vs. Dorah Evans
Sheila R. Maynard vs. Brian D. Maynard


Newton County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

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

Seantel R. Butler. vs Joshua D. Butler
Allyscia K. Miller vs. Isaac S. Miller
H. Velasquez-Ordonez vs. Gregoria Velasquez






Benjamin K. Cade vs. Lindsey K> Wade
Greg P. Lesley vs. Taunya L. Lesley
Terry J. Swearingin vs. Ronnie E. Swearingin
Tori L. Tascarella vs. Michael Tascarella

McDonald County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

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

Christopher Narron vs. Melanie R. Narron

Dade County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions

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

Geni A. Jamison vs. Lakota L. Sneed
Rachel Thomas vs. Chad J. Thomas

U. S. Bankruptcy Court Petitions- Joplin

Jasper County

Stephen O'Neal Privett and Kathrine Earlene Privett
Shelby Diane Eaton
Charles Eugene Butler and Pamela Ann Butler
Tracy Lyn Peterson
Tatum LeiAnn Clark






Nathan Daniel Mangile
Travis Wade Tash and Melissa Sue Tash
Daniel Evander Smith

Lawrence County

Shelley Marie Woods
Elden L. Mitchell, Sr. and Tamara L. Mitchell



Highway Patrol Arrests February 21-22

Eric W. Meeks, 33, Merriam Woods, misdemeanor Taney County warrants for failure to appear on traffic charges, driving while revoked

Sion H. Fertic, 20, Noel, driving while intoxicated

Brandon M. Wallace, 39, Monett, driving while intoxicated, speeding

Ryan H. Atchison, 45, Seneca, driving while intoxicated

Eric A. Shepherd, 41, Kansas City, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, felony driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, speeding, no seat belt, four miscellaneous traffic charges

Bret D. Brown, 30, Springfield, misdemeanor Dade County Conservation warrant for taking without a permit







Warren A. Brattin, 53, Joplin, felony driving while intoxicated

Richard W. Martin, 58, Rocky Comfort, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, no valid license, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, no insurance

Miles K. Matlock, 51, Nixa, felony Webster County warrant for failure to appear on non-support, no seat belt

Larry D. Lucas, 52, Cassville, felony possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, no seat belt

Brandon R. Tanksley, 22, Branson, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain financial responsibility, no valid license

Cherokee County Sheriff begins seat belt enforcement campaign

(From the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)

Starting next week, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office will join other law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma with increased traffic enforcement near schools to raise awareness of roadway safety. The enforcement campaign will run from February 24 thru March 6.

"With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15-18, it's important we focus on encouraging safe practices such as buckling up and leaving the phone alone while driving," stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves in announcing the Sheriffs' Office participation.

During the enforcement campaign, law enforcement from all three states will be issuing citations to any individual who chooses to disobey traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting or failing to buckle up.


Southbound I-49 reduced to one lane, lower speed limit north of Nevada

(From MODOT)

TRAFFIC ALERT: Southbound I-49 Reduced to One Lane With Reduced Speed Limit
North of Nevada at Little Osage River for Bridge Repair Feb. 21-27


Where: Southbound I-49 bridge at Little Osage River north of Nevada in Vernon County (Mile Marker 113)

When: ‘Round the clock immediately and lasting until Thursday, Feb. 27

What: MoDOT crews repairing bridge expansion joint (bridge component connecting bridge to pavement)








Traffic Impacts:


-One southbound lane of I-49 closed where crews are working. One southbound lane will remain open at all times.
-Lane will remain closed ‘round the clock due to the nature of the repairs
-Speed limit reduced to 50 mph
-Drivers should expect delays

Details: MoDOT crews will begin repairs on Monday morning, Feb. 24

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

Friday, February 21, 2020

Plans for neighborhood recovery projects for Indiana to Connecticut, 20th to 28th Street to be discussed at meeting

(From the City of Joplin)

The City will host an open house public meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 at the Joplin Public Library Community Room, located at 1901 East 20th Street, to review plans for a neighborhood recovery project in an area from Indiana Avenue to Connecticut Avenue and 20th to 28th Street.

This work area is noted as Surface Project 4011 and will include the replacement of damaged sidewalks, curb & gutters, storm water inlets & pipes, ADA ramps at corners, and street pavement. 

Citizens are encouraged to stop by any time during these hours and view the plans of the upcoming project.










This project is one of several within Joplin neighborhoods that have been done to repair damaged public infrastructure in residential areas. The recovery work is funded by HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program.

For questions, please contact Olsson Associates at 417-781-0643, or email Joplincdbg@olssonassociates.com .

Joplin Police Department Arrests February 20-21

02/20/2020 0740
ROBERT MICHAEL ANDERSON
3305 S Indiana Ave, 25 JOPLIN, MO 64804
WM 40 2825 S GRAND AVE 500.00
1 1 DISTURBING THE PEACE

02/20/2020 0900
LUTHER RAYMOND STREIGHT
2011 S Bird Ave JOPLIN, MO 64804
WM 45 303 E 3RD ST 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/20/2020 0855
CRYSTAL MARIE PHILLIPS-PETERS
1249 S 180th St WEIR, KS 66781
WF 34 303 E 3RD ST 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT
3 1 BENCH WARRANT
4 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/20/2020 0952
ANTHONY SHAWN ROBINSON
WM 48 303 E 3RD ST 500.00
416 S Pine MARSHFIELD, MO 65706
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT
3 1 BENCH WARRANT








02/20/2020 1005
DAKOTA JACK HUTCHISON WILES
2107 County Lane 163 CARTHAGE, MO 64836
WM 27 749 W 3RD ST/S JACKSON AVE 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/20/2020 1839
ARIEL SUE PAIGE DIVINE
19945 Elite Road JOPLIN, MO 64801
WF 27 303 E 3RD ST 0.00
1 1 BENCH WARRANT
2 1 BENCH WARRANT

02/20/2020 2200
TERRY EDDIE TRIPLETT
943 Lilllie Dr CARTHAGE, MO 64836
931 W JUNGE BLVD/S MURPHY AVE
BM 58 0.00 2 1 DWS/DWR OR CANCELLED
3 1 NO PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
1 1 FAIL TO STOP, STOP SIGN

02/20/2020 2200
LISA MARIE STEVENS
207 N Bryan ORONOGO, MO 64855
931 W JUNGE BLVD/S MURPHY AVE WF 39 500.00
1 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

02/20/2020 2330
JOSEPH RAY BLINZLER
531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 43 1800 S MAIN ST 0.00
1 1 SAFE KEEP

02/20/2020 2256
ELI THOMAS GUNNE OBERG
321 E 39th JOPLIN, MO 64804
WM 24 663 I-44E HWY/S MAIN ST 225.00
2 1 SPEED LIMIT ON SPECIFIC STREET
3 1 NO PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
1 1 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

02/21/2020 0000
JOSHEWA LEE DEATON
20001739 531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 45 2949 E 15TH ST/S RANGE LINE RD 225.00
1 1 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
2 1 BENCH WARRANT
3 1 BENCH WARRANT
4 1 BENCH WARRANT
5 1 BENCH WARRANT
6 1 BENCH WARRANT







02/21/2020 0339
DEMARCUS BENEQUIZ BARNES
801 S New Hampshire Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
BM 26 1549 E 8TH ST/S VERMONT AVE 0.00
1 1 NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE
2 1 NO PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

02/21/2020 0340
DAVID LOUIS SLONE
20001743 531 S Kentucky Ave JOPLIN, MO 64801
WM 41 531 W JUNGE BLVD/S MOFFET AVE 0.00
2 1 PUBLIC CONSUMPTION
1 1 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
3 1 FAIL TO APPEAR

Carthage Police: Who is this man?

(From the Carthage Police Department)

The Carthage Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the subject shown here. This will be in reference to Case #2000540.

If you know this person, please contact Auxiliary Officer Tiller at 417-237-7200 or at g.tiller@carthagemo.gov












Highway Patrol Arrests February 20-21

Jose A. Valdez, 19, Noel, driving while intoxicated (drugs)

William R. Hall, 32, Neosho, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver's license, no seat belt

Christian R. Gilbert, 23, Branson, felony leaving the scene of an accident

Cassandra D. Morales, 25, Albuquerque, New Mexico, felony possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, driving while suspended

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Carthage Police Department needs these people identified

(From the Carthage Police Department)

The Carthage Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the subjects shown here. This will be in reference to Case #2000541.

If you know these people, please contact Auxiliary Officer Tiller at 417-237-7200 or at g.tiller@carthagemo.gov






























Two arrests made in connection with theft of motorcycles from Carl Junction business

(From the Jasper County Sheriff's Office)

On 1-16-20, a burglary occurred at the Mid America Cycle-Recycle in Carl Junction where there were 3 motorcycles stolen from the business.

On 1-18-20, Levi Pederson, (left) 17, of Joplin was arrested and charged for the burglary. 








Today, 2-20-20, a second person has been arrested. Jacob Riggs, 19, of Oronogo, was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Detention Facility and charges of burglary have been submitted to the Prosecutors Office. 

All three stolen motorcycles have been recovered as a result of this investigation.


Children's Center needs donations

(From the Jasper County Sheriff's Office)

The Children's Center could use your help.

The Children's Center, located in Joplin, offers services that help law enforcement conduct our child abuse investigations. Due to some grant funding being eliminated they are in need of the public's help to keep them operating as usual.

If you are able to help by donating any of the listed items in the attached picture please contact Jeannie Stuart, Program Manager, at 417-623-2292.

Thank you.






Harry Potter Week to conjure magic at Missouri Southern

(From Southern News Service)

The quests and trials of three young heroes in a world of wizards and witches will be the focus of the third Literature Lives celebration at Missouri Southern State University.

Presented by the English & Philosophy Department, a week of spellbinding activities centered on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will be offered Friday, Feb. 28, through Friday, March 6.

From 1997’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” through the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” a decade later, Rowling penned the best-selling book series in history. The seven novels follow Harry’s journey through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and were able to transcend far beyond a young adult audience.








The week of activities will feature activities that open up cultural, social and historical issues, said Dr. Amy Gates, assistant professor of English at MSSU.

“I was doing some math and thought, ‘There are people on this campus who have never lived in a world where Harry Potter didn’t exist,” said Gates.

“(The series) brings up a lot of important issues. It’s not just fun, but there are questions about prejudice, worker’s rights, good and evil, fan fiction, cultural issues and issues around the author. We’re to understand that Harry is breaking rules for right. He’s out of bounds. It’s an interesting way to think about power and governmental structures. It’s important to think about the value of when we break rules and why.”

Harry Potter Week activities will include film and documentary screenings, a photo booth, a writing contest, an awards gala and even a Quidditch tournament.

It marks the third Literature Live celebration at Missouri Southern. Previously, the event has focused on Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe” and Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein.”

Harry Potter Week Schedule

Friday, Feb. 28

Literature Lives Week Launch Party: 11:30 a.m., Spiva Library Quiet Room. Games, activities and chances to win a Harry Potter gift basket. Sponsored by bordertown, the MSSU student literary journal, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

Sunday, March 1


“To Read or Not to Read – Harry Potter and the Christian Community”: 3 p.m., Joplin Public Library Community Room West. The presentation will feature Pastor Reed Dunn, of Christ the King Presbyterian Church, who will examine how the Harry Potter series relates to the early church and the New Testament. A discussion will follow the talk.

Monday, March 2

Creature Studies and Crafty Concoctions: 6 to 8 p.m., North End Zone Facility. The event will include interactions with owls and snakes, a poetry reading, herb studies, art activities and more. Sponsored by the MSSU Alumni Association. To register, visit www.mssu.edu/alumni and click on “Events.”

Tuesday, March 3

Harry Potter Trivia: 12:20 p.m., Lion’s Den in Billingsly Student Center. Presented by the Campus Activities Board.

“Diversity, Identity, and Authorship in the World of Harry Potter”: 3 p.m., Room 309 of Billingsly Student Center. Presented by the MSSU Gay-Straight Alliance, the roundtable discussion will cover interesting character choices, fan-fiction and more.

“Magic, Politics, and Harry Potter”: 7 p.m., Phelps Theater in Billingsly Student Center. Faculty members Dr. Megan Bever, Dr. William Fischer and Dr. Nicole Shoaf will discuss topics such as slavery, discrimination, state identity, and government in the world of Harry Potter.

Wednesday, March 4


Wizarding Photo Booth: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Billingsley Student Center. Wizarding-themed food and beverages will also be provided. Sponsored by CAB.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”: 2:30 and 7 p.m., Phelps Theatre.

“Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic”: 3 and 7:30 p.m., Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway. The filmed play is a Potter-inspired comedy set alongside the main events of the story.

“Mudbloods – A Film About Quidditch”: 5:30 p.m., Bookhouse Cinema. The documentary is about a team of real-life Quidditch players.

Thursday, March 5

Escape Room: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Spiva Library. Those planning to attend must sign-up in advance for the Harry Potter-themed escape room.

“The Physics of Flight”: 5 p.m., Bud Walton Black Box Theatre. The lecture will be presented by Professor Jared Durden from Ozarks Technical Community College.

“‘The Magic of Mentoring’: The Failings of Albus Dumbledore”: 7 p.m., Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium. Presented by Dr. Christopher Bell, from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Bell is an award-winning expert in children’s culture, TED speaker and consultant for Pixar Animation Studios.

Friday, March 6

Quidditch Tournament: 2 to 5 p.m., Fred G. Hughes Football Stadium. Teams must register by March 2 at MSSU’s Beimdiek Recreation Center or online at www.imleagues.com/spa/intramural/312ca5ce5c1d4cadbefab1579add894d/home.

Gala reception: 6 p.m., North End Zone Facility’s Academic Room. Writing contest winners will be announced and their compositions will be read. Literary Week will conclude with a waltz instruction and dance with refreshments. Costumes are welcomed.