From staff reports

Motorist killed when car crashes west of Stockton

A Grandview man was killed in a one-vehicle accident at 3:45 a.m. Sunday in Cedar County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Christopher D. Duvall, 27, was killed when his vehicle, traveling west on Route CC, hit a bridge embankment, overturned and slid below the bridge before catching fire. The accident happened eight miles west of Stockton.

Two Joplin residents were hurt in a three-vehicle accident at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday at Missouri Highway 66 and Central City Road, a mile west of Joplin, the patrol said.

Driver Geneva C. Cusack, 69, and her grandson, Neil D. Degondea, 3, were taken by ambulance to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin.

The other two drivers, Alan C. McIntyre, 82, and Paul J. Devries, 79, both of Joplin, were not injured.

The patrol said Cusack was driving west when the McIntyre vehicle, traveling north and making a left turn, pulled in front of her. Cusack's vehicle struck McIntyre's vehicle broadside and pushed it into Devries' vehicle.

Fight at reservoir results in multiple injuries, charges

PARSONS, Kan. - Four people appeared Tuesday in Labette County District Court on charges of beating five people near the Big Hill Reservoir over the weekend. One man remains in critical condition.

Labette County Attorney Steve Wilhoft said five counts of aggravated battery were filed against Aaron Thomas Crozzer, 21, of Independence, along with a juvenile from Independence and two juveniles from Cherryvale.

Sheriff William Blundell said callers reported about 2 a.m. Saturday that several people were beaten with baseball bats at an area known as Ford Pond.

Blundell said officers found five people with injuries, as well as some property damage.

Sheriff's Deputy Scott Higgins told a judge at Tuesday's hearing that one victim, Michael Huser, was in critical condition after his spleen was removed in a hospital. Another victim, Michael Hempen, suffered multiple facial fractures.

The other victims were identified as Justin W. Lumbley, Dewayne Steen and Travis Meeks. Wilhoft said he did not know their ages or hometowns.

Wilhoft said Crozzer was being held in the Labette County Jail on $100,000 bond. The juveniles were being held on bond in juvenile detention.

Money, computers stolen from business

An employee told Joplin police that Great Outdoor Grill Co., 7980 E. American Drive, was burglarized and three laptop computers, money and other items, worth a total of $6,301, were taken.

Joana R. Heimel of Bentonville, Ark., told police that three suitcases were taken from the back of her truck at Northpark Mall in Joplin. The three pieces of luggage held $8,800 worth of clothing and several pieces of jewelry worth about $1,000. The luggage was valued at $500.

Employees at Cinema 6 Theater, 1110 E. Seventh St., reported that four windows valued at $4,000 were broken. Police said rocks had been thrown through them.

John D. Cellner, 602 S. Sergeant Ave., told police that four men he invited into his home took his wallet, $6 in cash, a debit card and a Social Security card. A police report said Cellner was injured.

Auther G. Mwale, 3902 E. College View Drive, told police that someone entered his apartment and took a video game, controller and a digital video disc, worth a total of $195.

Robert E. Mellen, 2527 E. Perkins St., told police that someone took an air compressor and several tools, worth a total of $1,100, from his pickup while it was parked at his home.

Three Joplin residents told police someone took purses, money and a wallet, worth a total of $550, from a vehicle parked at 2331 E. Seventh St. The victims were Jennifer L. Newman, John M. Newman and Lacey M. Fisher, all of 2327 S. Kentucky Ave.

Kristofor Fredric Lord, 301 S. Connor Ave., reported that someone burglarized his residence, but nothing was taken.

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