From staff reports
Drug charge filed after Kansas man arrested at casino
MIAMI, Okla. - A Parsons, Kan., man was charged Thursday after his arrest at a casino for alleged drug possession and attempting to sell a controlled substance.
Richard Jack Rumbaugh, 35, is charged with possession of a hydrocodone, a controlled substance, with attempt to sell.
Rumbaugh allegedly approached off-duty security guard Eric Bradshaw at the Bordertown Casino near Seneca, Mo., in Ottawa County on Tuesday and offered to sell him "some pills," according to a police report. Bradshaw reported that he took the man to the security office and contacted tribal police.
According to reports, Rumbaugh was spotted on videotape removing something from his pocket, throwing it into the trash and pouring coffee on it. Officers reported that they searched the trash and found 10 blue pills that were identified as hydrocodone.
Rumbaugh was in custody at the Ottawa County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. Authorities said he also had an outstanding warrant for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute stemming from a 2002 incident.
Three jail inmates facing charges of assaulting guard
MIAMI, Okla. - Three Ottawa County inmates have been charged with assaulting a sheriff's deputy, court officials said Thursday.
Thomas Patrick Webb, 36, Mark Edward Smith, 33, and Steven Wayne Mortell, 31, were charged this week in Ottawa County District Court with one count of assault and battery upon a police officer, a felony.
An information sheet alleges that the three men pushed Deputy Patrick Garrett in the chest on May 10 and tried to incite another inmate to injure Garrett.
Garrett was not injured in the disturbance, said sheriff's Capt. Bob Ernst.
"It was more of wrestling and shoving that got out of hand," Ernst said.
Ernst said the inmates were being unruly and disruptive. They were being locked down for their behavior, and they got mad, he said.
Mortell is being held in the Ottawa County Jail on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, Smith on drug charges, and Webb on two counts of false personation.
Galena police probe theft of tubing, bike
GALENA, Kan. - Galena police are investigating the recent theft of copper tubing from air conditioners at a business at Seventh Street and Stateline Road.
The value of the copper tubing is $1,000. Tri-State Mowers is listed as the victim.
Police also are investigating the theft of a bicycle from 1421 E. 23rd St. The bicycle is valued at $600. Aleta Sanders is listed as the victim.
Three injured in traffic accidents on roads in area
A Pittsburg, Kan., woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 1:32 p.m. Thursday at 27th Street and Broadway, according to the Pittsburg Police Department.
Shaunna Murray, 18, one of the drivers, was taken to Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg.
Janie Delange, 60, of Girard, Kan., was the other driver.
The eastbound Murray vehicle and the southbound Delange vehicle collided, police said.
A Pineville man suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on Highway 71 at Jane, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Rick W. Marchant, 40, one of the drivers, was taken to Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Ark.
Roy W. Norris, 53, of Clarendon, Ark., was the other driver.
The northbound Norris tractor-trailer was struck from behind by the Marchant pickup, the patrol said.
A Joplin resident suffered minor injuries in a pickup accident at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday on Route Y, six miles south of Seneca in Newton County, the patrol said.
Robert A. McKinney, 19, the driver, was taken to Freeman Neosho Hospital.
The southbound pickup ran off the road and struck a culvert, the patrol said.
Joplin police probing theft of $2,200 watch
Joplin police are investigating the theft of a watch valued at more than $2,000.
The gold nugget and amethyst watch valued at $2,200 was reported stolen at 5400 S. Riverside Drive. The victim was listed as Brenda M. Karlinski.
Other police reports cite the following.
Three unidentified items valued at a total of $600 were taken in a burglary at 709 S. Murphy Ave. The victim was listed as Jeri Farley.
A burglary was reported at 1415 S. Byers Ave. The victim was listed as Denoird L. Chites.
A catalytic converter valued at $1,500 was reported stolen at 1651 W. Seventh St. The victim was listed as Rent-A-Center.
Currency valued at $250 and sports equipment valued at $350 were reported stolen from a vehicle at 1615 S. Wall Ave. The victim was listed as Greg A. Freeman.
A 2000 Mercedes 500 Series vehicle valued at $15,000 was reported stolen at 1600 S. Main St. The victim was listed as George Beckett.
A purse containing $103, medication, car keys and identification was stolen at 2421 S. Texas Ave. The victim was listed as Teresa S. Hagensicker.
A digital video camera valued at $500, a cellular phone valued at $200, a laptop with accessories valued at $3,600 and a $50 satellite radio were reported stolen from a vehicle at 2722 S. Monroe Ave. The victim was listed as Susan L. Zar.
A purse was stolen at 3010 E. Matthews Drive. The victims were listed as Eric Norris and Shauna E. Eldringhoff.
A burglary was reported at 807 Hill St. The victim was listed as Patricia A. Thompson.
A burglary was reported at 2504 S. Willard Ave. The victim was listed as Luz M. Barron.
A burglary was reported at 524 S. Jackson Ave. No victim was listed on the report.
A $25 air conditioner and a $200 canoe were reported stolen in a burglary at 420 N. Schifferdecker Ave. The victim was listed as Carol A. Fort.
From staff reports
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Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional
In a highly anticipated ruling Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional and sent the case back to lower court for more review. In the 110-page decision, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
MSSU student to attend posthumous awarding of honor for grandfather
As Missouri Southern State University student Savannah Schwab, unable to sleep, gazed out the window at a moonlit night from her bedroom in Fort Scott, Kan., her thoughts turned to her late grandfather. She had listened to an hour or so of the World War II veteran’s audio recordings that recounted his experiences as a member of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Infantry Regiment.
Last defendant sentenced in Pittsburg slaying
Nathan Whitney expressed remorse Thursday when he became the last of four young Joplin men assessed prison terms for the murder of Ryan Bailey two years ago in Pittsburg. The 29-year-old defendant listened to Bailey’s wife and adoptive mother render emotional victim-impact statements at his sentencing hearing in Crawford County District Court before standing up and responding to their loss.
Missouri House advances 72-hour waiting period on abortions in state
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St. Mary’s students get taste of opera from Tulsa troupe
With its comedy, coyotes-vs.-rabbits storyline and brightly colored costuming, an operatic performance didn’t seem like opera at all to 11-year-old Jack Goodrich.
Instead, it actually reminded him of the antics of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, or of Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. “I thought it was cool and interesting,” said Jack, a fifth-grader at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Joplin. “It had kind of a Looney Tunes feel to it.”
Pitt State to kick off Community Campaign
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FEMA projects, bond issue, school officer discussed by Neosho School Board
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Video of proposal at Webb City High lands couple in ‘Today Show’ contest
Stephany Pace said her boyfriend has always been the type to come up with thoughtful surprises. But as he got on one knee during an assembly at Webb City High School, Pace was at a loss for words. A teacher at the school, Pace has always been involved in school assemblies, whether it be leading class cheers or doing goofy dances. On Feb. 13, though, the assembly was far from routine — and the moment was captured on video.
Mike Pound: Monocle becomes the latest spectacle
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Koster announces recovery of tornado relief donations
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