The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

June 27, 2013

Two men arrested by Seneca police in unrelated cases

— SENECA, Mo. — Seneca police on Thursday morning assisted officers with the U.S. Marshals Service in arresting Michael Cochran, 52, of 806 Thurman St.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Springfield, alleges that Cochran traveled in interstate commerce and failed to register as a sex offender, a federal crime. An affidavit filed in the case notes that efforts to track Cochran after he stopped registering in Oklahoma turned up an arrest in Joplin and traffic citations in Seneca.

Seneca police Chief James Altic said Cochran had lived in Seneca for several months.

In an unrelated case, Seneca police on Thursday arrested William Todd, 39, at 800 Chickesaw St., Apartment 10, in the Indian Hills Apartments. Altic said Todd was wanted by police in Rogers, Ark., on felony charges including rape and sexual assault.

Todd was being held at the Newton County Jail, pending extradition to Arkansas.

Altic said both arrests were without incident.

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