A Joplin woman waived preliminary hearings this week on seven felony counts she is facing, including one alleging elder abuse, and was ordered bound over for trial.
Julie K. Welton, 43, waived the hearings Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court on two counts of forgery, two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, and single counts of elder abuse, burglary and receiving stolen property.
The burglary and elder-abuse counts stem from an incident June 6 of last year at a West 23rd Street address, where the defendant went to the door of an acquaintance seeking her cellphone. Lillian L. Rowden, 61, answered the door and told her that another person had already picked up the phone.
A probable-cause affidavit alleges that Welton called Rowden a liar, grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the face, and then began hitting her with a flashlight. Rowden reportedly suffered cuts to her face, neck, arm and foot, and a fractured femur.
One of the forgery counts pertains to an alleged attempt to pass a check in the name of a deceased person on June 19 of last year at the Price Cutter supermarket in Webb City. In the course of her arrest on that charge, a small amount of methamphetamine allegedly was found in her possession, resulting in one of the drug counts, according to court records.
Associate Judge Richard Copeland set initial appearances for Welton on the charges in two trial divisions of the court on Feb. 25 and March 1.
- Crime & Courts
Joplin couple indicted in child porn case
A federal grand jury indicted a Joplin couple Wednesday for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a preceding indictment of the husband for allegedly producing and distributing child pornography.
Grand jury indicts Tennessee man on three charges
A federal grand jury indicted a Tennessee man Wednesday on charges related to the alleged enticement of a minor from Lawrence County for sexual acts.
Joplin man faces grand jury indictment in child porn case
A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging a Joplin man with receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
High winds overturn empty box truck in Cherokee County
High winds from Wednesday’s thunderstorm overturned an empty box truck in Southeast Kansas, authorities said.
Tulsa man faces robbery charge
A suspect in a shoplifting incident Monday at the Sears store in Northpark Mall in Joplin was charged with robbery after he and an accomplice reportedly resisted a store employee’s effort to detain them.
Wrecks injure two on area roadways
A Carthage man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday on East 50th Street, a half-mile east of Joplin in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Assault sends man to Joplin hospital
Joplin police are investigating an apparent felony assault that sent a 20-year-old man to Freeman Hospital West with injuries to his head and shoulder.
Joplin man to stand trial in accident case
A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.
Youth shot in shoulder after reportedly encountering burglars
A male juvenile was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder after a reported home invasion early Saturday in the 100 block of South 250th Street, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
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.
- More Crime & Courts Headlines
- Joplin couple indicted in child porn case