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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.
Suspect in Kansas shooting has long history as white supremacist
Frazier Glenn Cross drew the ire of Joplin residents in 2006 when several hundred copies of his white supremacist newspaper were landing on lawns in the city. The White Patriot Leader spouted the usual Cross diatribe. A race war was imminent. The “newspaper for white Americans,” as it billed itself, ranted against an invasion of the country by illegal Hispanic immigrants, the proliferation of black culture, and a purported takeover of the government, banks and the media by Jews.
Mother in starved-child case sentenced to 15 years
Quoting Scripture and begging for mercy and forgiveness, Beth Williams was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for her role in a child-abuse case that culminated two years ago with her severely underweight daughter clinging to life at a Joplin hospital.
Sexual abuse of girl draws prison term
A Seneca man pleaded guilty Monday to the sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl more than four years ago and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jason C. Brown, 38, pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to a single count of first-degree statutory sodomy in a plea deal that dismissed a second count that he was facing, limited the prison time he might receive to no more than 15 years and waived his right to a sentencing-assessment report.
Beth Williams, mother in starved-child case, sentenced to 15 years
Despite her pleas for mercy, Beth Williams was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for her role in a child-abuse case that culminated two years ago with her severely underweight daughter clinging to life at a Joplin hospital.
Pittsburg man arrested for liquor store burglary
A 22-year-old man is being held on charges stemming from a break-in a month ago at Pitt Discount Liquor in Pittsburg.
Dirt bike overturns in Vernon County; driver injured
An 18-year-old motorcyclist was injured about 6 p.m. Saturday in an accident on Park Avenue in Schell City in Vernon County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
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