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Pursuit in Kansas leads to charges
A 32-year-old suspect is facing multiple charges after leading sheriff’s deputies on a vehicle pursuit Thursday night following a domestic disturbance in McCune.
Joplin trucking company comptroller pleads guilty to $4.9 million theft
A former comptroller for a Joplin trucking company pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer.
Detective: Car offered as payment in kidnapping plot
A judge found probable cause Thursday for a Nevada, Mo., woman to stand trial on charges that she promised to give two Joplin men a car if they helped her snatch her 1-year-old daughter from the custody of the girl’s father at gunpoint. The Jasper County prosecutor’s office filed five new felony counts against Elise D. Deboutez, 27, at a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
Neosho police, Postal Service thwart scam
NEOSHO, Mo. — Police and the U.S. Postal Service were able to thwart the defrauding of an elderly Neosho resident by intercepting a payment she mailed in response to a common telephone scam.
Judge dismisses case; absence of victim cited
A Jasper County judge dismissed a felony assault charge against a Sarcoxie man Wednesday when the alleged victim failed to show up to testify against him.
Galena man faces charges in truck theft
Joplin police arrested a Galena, Kan., man Tuesday in alleged possession of a pickup truck that had been reported stolen in Lamar.
Defense lawyer to seek jurors from outside area
LAMAR, Mo. — The attorney for Bobby Bourne Jr. wants jurors chosen in another part of the state to hear the death-penalty case of his client.
Five indicted in federal cases of tornado fraud
Five current or former Joplin residents were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury that accused them of fraudulently receiving or applying for federal disaster benefits after the May 22, 2011, tornado. The indictments in U.S. District Court in Springfield involve separate cases. Those indicted are Dustin Joe Showalter, Fred Pickett Jr., Brittany Barnes, Gary Mitchell Jr. and Russell Green.
Five indicted on federal charges for tornado fraud
Five current or former Joplin residents were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for fraudulently receiving or applying for federal disaster benefits following the May 22, 2011, tornado.
Tree-cutting accident fatal to area man
A 53-year-old man died when a tree that he was cutting down fell on him Saturday afternoon on a rural property southwest of Joplin.
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