COLUMBUS, Kan. — Belinda L. Schooley, 30, of Columbus, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated arson in Cherokee County District Court.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20.
Schooley was arrested last January and charged for the January 2005 fire at Video Mart, 201 E. Maple St., in Columbus. Three people in an apartment above the store were at home at the time of the fire was were rescued by Columbus police and fire departments.
Investigators determined there had been two fires intentionally set in the building.
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard.
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Pittsburg man facing charge in wake of thefts
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for a second in the theft earlier this week of a pickup truck, trailer and air-conditioning units from a business in Pittsburg.
Arson suspect faces felony escape charge
A suspect wanted on an arson charge in Crawford County, Kansas, is now facing a felony escape charge in Missouri after he allegedly tried to get away from Joplin police during transport to the city’s jail.
Man picks up burglary charge after pursuit
NEVADA, Mo. — A man wanted on several warrants picked up a burglary charge this week when he allegedly burst into a residence in Nevada while running from police.
Sheldon resident hurt in accident in Vernon County
A Sheldon man was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday on Route DD, two miles west of Bellamy in Vernon County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Former Eagle Rock postmaster sent to prison
A federal judge today sentenced a former postmaster at Eagle Rock to three years and eight months in prison without parole for conspiring to rob a convenience store.
Joplin Court Log
Joplin court log for July 31, 2014.
Firefighters douse blaze in garage; no injuries cited
The Joplin city fire marshal is investigating fire early Wednesday in the garage of a home in the 3300 block of South Delaware Avenue.
Drug charges filed in four arrests by Joplin police
The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has filed felony drug charges against four suspects arrested this week by Joplin police.
Rural Pittsburg man commits suicide after firing shots
GIRARD, Kan. — A 32-year-old man took his own life Tuesday night after barricading himself in an upstairs room of his home and firing several gunshots, authorities said.
Joplin couple indicted on child pornography charges
A federal grand jury today indicted a Joplin couple for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a previous indictment of the husband for producing and distributing child pornography.
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