Three assaults reported over the weekend in Joplin remained under investigation by police on Monday without any arrests having been made.
Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said Michale J. Boucher, 35, reported that he was attacked about 1:45 a.m. Saturday by a man he confronted inside his home in the 400 block of West Third Street. Boucher told police that he tried to make the man leave his house and was assaulted. The man fled the area.
An assault early Sunday morning at a dance club resulted in Hassan Majrashi, 29, being taken to a hospital by ambulance for stitches, Niess said. Majrashi told police that he was struck on the head with a bottle while dancing at a club in the 1200 block of South Wall Avenue.
Bryan K. Moss, 26, was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin after an assault early Sunday morning at a party in the 1500 block of East Kent Drive. Niess said Moss told police that he was knocked unconscious by a man who was arguing with a friend of his. The punch broke his jaw and knocked out some of his teeth, police said.
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Marionville man hurt in accident in Barry County
A Marionville man suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 11:14 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 60, two miles east of Monett in Barry County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Fire forces man to jump from balcony
A Joplin resident was forced to jump from an upstairs balcony when his home caught fire Monday night after an explosion.
Shooter in Joplin murder sentenced to life in prison
The teen convicted of being the triggerman in the murder of Jacob Wages was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. At a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Circuit Judge Gayle Crane followed a jury’s recommendations in assessing Daniel D. Hartman, 18, two life sentences on convictions for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, and 15 years on a conviction for burglary.
Ex-Jasper teacher’s aide accused of sexual contact with student
A former teacher’s aide at Jasper High School has been charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student and is being investigated for possible sexual contact with other boys at the school. Janice L. Rusk, 43, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy following investigations by school officials and law enforcement.
Suspect in assault on officer apprehended in Texas
The U.S. Marshals Service caught up with a suspect in Texas who was wanted in an assault on a Seneca police officer and alleged probation violations in Arkansas. Cody A. Rantz, 25, is being held in Collin County north of Dallas on warrants issued in Missouri and Arkansas. Federal marshals reportedly located the fugitive at a strip mall in Texas on Monday afternoon and took him into custody.
Hartman receives life terms
The teen convicted of being the triggerman in the murder of Jacob Wages was sentenced today to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Teacher’s aide accused of sexual contact with student
A former teacher’s aide at Jasper High School has been charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student and is being investigated for possible sexual contact with other boys at the school.
Suspect in assault of officer nabbed in Texas
The U.S. Marshals Service caught up with a suspect in Texas on Monday who was wanted in an assault on a Seneca police officer and probation violations in Arkansas.
22-year-old man held on charges in store break-in
PITTSBURG, Kan. — A 22-year-old man is being held on charges stemming from a break-in a month ago at Pitt Discount Liquor in Pittsburg.
Nine arrests made in DWI checkpoint by police in Joplin
Police made nine arrests for alleged drunken driving at a sobriety checkpoint established over the weekend at Seventh Street and Illinois Avenue in Joplin.
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