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Defendant bound over for trial in sex abuse case
A Jasper County judge found probable cause at a hearing Thursday for a rural Carthage man to stand trial on charges that he sexually abused a young woman. Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland ordered Hector J. Gonzalez, 50, to stand trial on three counts of deviate sexual assault at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
Grand jury indicts Miami bank robbery suspect
A federal grand jury has indicted a suspect in a bank robbery attempt last year in Miami that led to a fatal crash. An indictment handed up this week in U.S. District Court in Tulsa charges Francis H. Dishmon, 51, of Tulsa, with attempted bank robbery and killing a truck driver while attempting to avoid apprehension.
Woman’s arm broken during arrest; police say probe under way
The Joplin Police Department is reviewing internally an officer’s use of force during an arrest over the weekend that ended with a woman suffering a broken arm.
Woman injured in car accident
A 71-year-old Joplin woman was injured in a single-car accident at 8:08 a.m. Tuesday on McClelland Boulevard at 32nd Street, according to a Joplin police report.
Deputies looking for truck involved in storage burglary
Jasper County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a white Chevrolet pickup truck that was involved in a March 30 burglary of several storage units near Sarcoxie.
Webb City man pleads guilty in assault case
A Webb City man has pleaded guilty to hitting his former girlfriend in the face with a walking stick so hard that one of her eyeballs was knocked loose from its socket.
Ex-councilman, crossing guard pleads guilty to child molestation
A former Baxter Springs city councilman and school crossing guard pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cherokee County District Court to six counts of having sexual contact with children. Stanley Pickering, 79, was wearing orange Cherokee County Jail garb and shackles around his ankles as he waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated indecent liberties, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation.
Former Baxter Springs City Councilman pleads guilty to charges involving minors
A former Baxter Springs city councilman and school crossing guard pleaded guilty in Cherokee County District Court today to six counts of having sexual contact with children.
Surveillance photos released from Sarcoxie burglary
Jasper County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a white Chevrolet pickup truck involved in a March 30 burglary of several storage units near Sarcoxie.
Coroner rules death of man case of suicide
The Jasper County coroner has ruled the death Friday afternoon of a 27-year-old Joplin man a suicide by gunshot.
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