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Large indoor marijuana-growing operation discovered near Joplin
It might not be that big an indoor marijuana-growing operation by northern California standards. But, for Missouri? “This was the biggest and most sophisticated operation we’ve ever encountered,” Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said.
Man wounded in post-party shooting
A shooting at a residence in Joplin early Monday morning sent a young man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to police. Lt. Brian Lewis said a caller alerted police at 1:25 a.m. that he shot a man who was threatening a resident on East Sunny Acres Lane in Joplin.
Prison term meted out in Carthage stabbing case
Bobby D. Sweeney accepted a plea deal Monday that will send him to prison for six years for seriously injuring another man in a stabbing two years ago in Carthage. Circuit Judge Gayle Crane assessed Sweeney the prison term after the 35-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to a reduced count of second-degree assault at a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
Newton County Sheriff’s Department seizes indoor growing operation for marijuana
A Joplin man, Michael Sean Holden, 36, has been arrested and is facing charges of first-degree drug trafficking after the Newton County Sheriff’s Department seized what the sheriff is calling the largest and most sophisticated indoor growing operation he has ever seen.
Webb City man hurt in motorcycle accident in village
A Webb City man was injured in a motorcycle accident at 10:40 a.m. Saturday on Bland Avenue in Airport Drive in Jasper County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Gunman with wig robs Quapaw bank; no injuries cited
QUAPAW, Okla. — A gunman sporting a wig of long, gray hair Friday morning robbed the Baxter State Bank in Quapaw, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Joplin man faces assault, burglary charges in case
A 25-year-old Joplin man is facing burglary and assault charges after he allegedly kicked in the door of his girlfriend’s home and attacked her.
Vernon County man bound over for trial in estranged wife’s murder
Bob T. Beisly II waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday on a charge that he is responsible for his estranged wife’s murder almost four years ago. Beisly, 57, waived the hearing in Vernon County Circuit Court and was ordered bound over for trial. Associate Judge Neal Quitno set his initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Tuesday.
Mistrial declared in Joplin drug trafficking case
A mistrial was declared Friday in the drug-trafficking case of a Joplin man when a juror disclosed that she knew a witness for the defense. The disclosure came on the second day of Gary L. Mitchell’s trial in Jasper County Circuit Court and forced Circuit Judge David Dally to declare the mistrial.
Pittsburg woman charged in husband’s shooting death
A 51-year-old Pittsburg woman has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of her husband on Thursday.
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