By Jeff Lehr
A Joplin man who was the victim of not one, but two, car thefts over the weekend found some consolation when he spotted one of them Sunday on 32nd Street and helped capture the suspected thief who was driving it.
Kevin Russell said he never noticed that his family’s 2002 Mitsubishi Montero and 1995 BMW 325i were missing from their residence at 616 S. Sergeant Ave. until about noon Saturday.
“I think everybody in our neighborhood has had their cars broken into,” Russell told the Globe in a telephone interview Monday. “But nobody’s had their car stolen.”
By the time he realized that his cars were gone, someone had been repeatedly using a bank debit card from his wallet, which Russell thinks he may have left in the Montero, to make several purchases at stores around town. His bank notified him of the activity, and he canceled the card.
He also filed a police report. But the charges that had been made on his card prompted him to begin a little detective work of his own Saturday by going to Wal-Mart and the various convenience stores where the card was used to let them know about the fraud and the times of purchases, which his bank provided.
Russell contacted his bank’s fraud division again Sunday and was told that someone had tried to use the card twice more after it had been canceled but had failed. While driving around Joplin in his father-in-law’s car Sunday afternoon in an effort to determine where those failed attempts took place, Russell happened to spot his Montero headed in the opposite direction from him on 32nd Street.
Russell, a financial adviser with a Joplin investment firm, said he turned around and followed the vehicle into the lot of a business at 1221 E. 32nd St. while trying to call police. When he pulled up behind the Montero so the driver could not drive off, the suspect got out and started to run. Russell said he aborted his call to police and shouted for bystanders to make the call as he gave pursuit.
By Jeff Lehr
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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.
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.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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