From staff reports
Dealership reports theft
A Joplin car dealership has reported the theft of a used pickup truck.
Frank Fletcher Toyota, 2209 S. Range Line, reported the theft of a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The truck was valued at $19,281.
Other recent thefts and burglaries reported to Joplin police include:
Hand tools valued at $100 and a 1965 Ford Mustang valued at $4,000 were reported stolen at 1631 S. Rex Ave. The victim was listed as Matthew A. Statley.
An inhaler, patches and various medications were reported stolen from a vehicle at 2623 W. Seventh St. The victim was listed as Donna R. Bush.
A 1998 Chevrolet pickup valued at $15,000 was reported stolen from 1631 E. Fourth St. The victim was listed as Stephen E. Smith.
A 1994 Suzuki motorcycle valued at $1,000 was reported stolen from 1402 E. Fountain Road. The victim was listed as Tim Stoner.
Compact discs valued at $50, a $200 amplifier, speakers valued at $150 and a subwoofer box valued at $100 were reported stolen from a vehicle at 2223 S. Bird Ave. The victim was listed as Donald S. French.
A wallet containing $80 cash, a credit card and a $50 gift certificate were reported stolen at 2002 S. Bird St. The victim was listed as Timothy A. Gilbert.
A $600 digital camera, a checkbook, debit cards and a gift card valued at $600 were reported stolen at 1625 S. Range Line Road. The victim was listed as Stephanie L. Lagon-Detar.
Compact discs valued at $750, a check, a GameBoy system valued at $25, various GameBoy games valued at $150 and a car title to a Nissan Sentra were reported stolen from a vehicle at 2431 E. Quincy St. The victim was listed as Cora Mix.
Joplin woman facing forgery charge
A 25-year-old woman is facing a forgery charge after a local retailer complained someone was trying to use stolen checks.
Catriona M. Jones, 427 S. McConnell Ave., remained in custody Friday night at the Joplin City Jail. She is facing a city complaint of obstruction and resisting arrest that has a bond of $500 bond and a Jasper County charge of forgery that has a bond of $3,500, according to a jailer.
Jones allegedly signed a stolen check using another person's name at Wal-Mart, 2623 W. Seventh St., according to Joplin police Lt. Keith Meyer.
Benjamin Crews, the owner of the checks, had contacted Wal-Mart to be on the lookout for stolen checks, Meyer said. A cashier noticed the name on the check and police were contacted. Jones was arrested and booked into the jail on Thursday night.
Miami man arrested on drug charges
MIAMI, Okla. - A 22-year-old man's home was searched and he was arrested Thursday afternoon as part of a drug investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
A search warrant was served on the home of Rhett Tyler Green at 1108 I St. N.W. Methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids allegedly were found in Green's bedroom, according to the Sheriff's Department. Marijuana also allegedly was found on Green's person.
Green was taken to the Ottawa County Jail where he remained in custody on Friday with his bond set at $18,000. He has a court hearing scheduled for Monday.
The Sheriff's Department was seeking charges against Green for possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of steroids, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling where a controlled substance is used, kept or sold.
Sheriff Terry Durborow said the search warrant was obtained as the consequence of a two-month investigation into the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, methamphetamine and marijuana. Durborow said the Sheriff's Department worked closely with the Miami Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department in Kansas and the Jasper County Sheriff's Department in Missouri on the investigation.
Durborow said undercover officers from other law- enforcement agencies purchased prescription drugs, methamphetamine and marijuana from several individuals in the Miami area during the course of the investigation and more arrests are anticipated.
Ten injured in Joplin area accidents
An Ash Grove boy suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 4:20 p.m. Friday on Farm Road 2017, north of Halltown in Lawrence County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Cody L. Mooneyham, 12, was flown to St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield.
Melinda S. Hall, 32, of Ash Grove, was driving an eastbound car that struck a minibike the Mooneyham boy was riding as he skidded into the path of the car from a private driveway, the state patrol said.
Three people suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 11:50 p.m. Thursday on Route H, two miles west of Pineville in McDonald County, the state patrol said.
The driver, James R. McDaniel, 19, of Bentonville, Ark., and two passengers, Petrie L. Fondren, 16, of Alma, Ark., and Damon M. Jackson, 17, of Fayetteville, Ark., were taken to Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville.
Their westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a ditch, the patrol said.
Six people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Alternate Highway 69, 10 miles west of Galena in Cherokee County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
Juana E. Gamboa, 37, one of the drivers in the accident, and four of her passengers were taken to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin. The injured passengers were identified as Joel Gamboa Jr., 11; Cynthia Gamboa, 15; Julio Gamboa, 18; and Rosie Gamboa, 16. The second driver, Hughey L. Campbell, 70, of Joplin, also was taken to St. John's.
Campbell lost control of his southbound vehicle on the wet roadway and the vehicle spun into Gamboa's northbound vehicle, the patrol said.
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