By Dustin Shipman
Area police officers want to make the holidays happier for area children with their annual Shop With a Cop programs.
“Every year, Joplin police officers take a group of carefully selected children in need to local stores in Joplin to spend a predetermined amount of money on Christmas gifts,” said Cpl. Ed Gilbert, president of the Joplin Fraternal Order of Police. “This is an opportunity for police officers to spend quality time, build relationships of trust and to help our youth understand that police officers are normal people in their community, and their friends as well. This is a wonderful charitable opportunity.”
Last year, Joplin police officers spent time with 50 children. The officers shopped with them for Christmas gifts. The FOP itself contributed $5,000 to the program.
“We welcome any outside donations, both individual or corporate, to help make this event larger and more memorable for those who can participate,” Gilbert said.
The date for the Joplin Shop With a Cop event has not been announced.
The Webb City and Carl Junction police departments will have similar programs.
Webb City will stage its event on Dec. 1 at the Webb City Wal-Mart. Besides money that can be spent on Christmas gifts, selected families also receive a food basket of items donated by businesses and vendors.
Carl Junction officers and program participants will be visiting the Wal-Mart at 15th Street and Range Line Road on Dec. 15.
Delmar Haase, Carl Junction police chief, said the children and the officers look forward to the Shop With a Cop program each year.
“We have been increasing our numbers each year. Last year, we had 144 kids,” Haase said. “We are hoping for a good turnout this year as well. We have had kids from Cherokee County (Kan.), Newton County and Jasper County sign up. They all have a lot of fun. We bring in new people each year, and they all have a great time with it.
By Dustin Shipman
- Joplin Metro
Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
Nixon visits Joplin to sign breast density bill
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation at Freeman Hospital on Tuesday that will require radiologists in Missouri to provide information about breast density on post-mammogram reports.
Defendant draws 10 years for assault of ex-girlfriend
A Jasper County judge today sentenced a rural Joplin man to 10 years in prison for an assault on an ex-girlfriend with a walking stick that left one of her eyes detached from its socket.
Rural Joplin child dies from gunshot wound to head
A 3-year-old girl died Monday at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Freeman Health Systems after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. The incident occurred at the child's home in rural Joplin, said Sheriff Ken Copeland.
Suspect in coach's slaying posts bond
Jeffrey Bruner posted bond shortly before noon today and was released from the Jasper County Jail in Carthage.
Downtown group warns about Third Thursday mail scam
Officials with the Downtown Joplin Alliance on Friday announced that a mail scam involving Third Thursday has been discovered.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
- More Joplin Metro Headlines
- Longtime Democrat dies at 81