A Jasper County judge Thursday dismissed a felony weapon charge that a Joplin man was facing when the alleged victim in the case refused to testify against him.
Kenyatta Wilson took the witness stand but refused to testify at the preliminary hearing of Tyretha D. Smith, 19, in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin. Her refusal prompted Associate Judge Richard Copeland to dismiss the charge of unlawful use of a weapon that Smith was facing.
A Joplin police report states that officers responding to a report of an Oct. 27 disturbance on South Moffet Avenue were told by Wilson that Smith had pointed a gun at her face during an argument.
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Arvest Bank robbed in Monett
Police have released surveillance photos of a man who this morning robbed the Arvest Bank in Monett.
Vernon County man arrested in child pornography probe
A 42-year-old suspect is being held at the Vernon County Jail on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography as a result of an investigation that began in Atlanta.
Missouri man accused of exploiting teen in Georgia
A Vernon County man is being held on charges that he talked a 16-year-old girl from Georgia into sending him pornographic images of herself and solicited men to have sex with her. Curt L. Bowman, 42, was arrested Friday at his home near Nevada based on information developed by investigators with the Cobb County Police Department in the Atlanta area.
Former agency employee pleads guilty in tornado fraud case
A former employee of the Economic Security Corp. in Joplin pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding a disaster relief program that assisted victims of the 2011 tornado. Herlana L. Latham, 32, a former resident of Joplin now living in Memphis, Tenn., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Springfield to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Authorities release photos of man who robbed bank
MONETT, Mo. — The FBI and police released photos of a man who on Monday robbed the Arvest Bank in Monett.
Former president of Pineville PTO faces theft charge
PINEVILLE, Mo. — A former president of the Pineville Parent Teacher Organization is facing a charge that she misappropriated more than $18,000 in PTO funds.
Restaurant worker hit by car driven by fleeing customer
Joplin police are investigating a reported felony domestic assault on Saturday and a vehicular assault Sunday night in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.
Carthage board member arrested on DWI charge
Mark Westhoff, a member of the Carthage School Board, was arrested early Sunday in Newton County on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Westhoff, 56, of Carthage, also has been charged with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle displaying red lights and siren, and failing to drive on the right half of the roadway.
Three minors seriously injured in Friday night accident
Three Vernon County minors were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident at 10:45 p.m. Friday.
Police arrest couple; battery, meth charges filed
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Officers responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday at a residence in Pittsburg obtained a search warrant for the address after they reportedly observed items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
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