MIAMI, Okla. — A mental competency hearing is set for today for an Illinois man accused of planning to firebomb dozens of churches in Miami with Molotov cocktails. The hearing is scheduled for U.S. District Court in Tulsa. Gregory Weiler II, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., allegedly planned to destroy 48 churches with attacks from a motel he was staying in near Interstate 44. Weiler’s public defender says his client has been hospitalized numerous times in the past five years for mental health issues that include depression and bipolar disorder. A federal grand jury indictment charges Weiler with one count of possessing an unregistered, destructive device, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison upon conviction.
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VIDEO: Full of history, one-room schools focus of preservation by local groups
The old Kings Prairie school sits on a narrow Barry County farm road, surrounded by quiet fields and farmland.
1717 Marketplace developer faces more federal charges
The developer of 1717 Marketplace in Joplin has been indicted with more bankruptcy fraud charges, in addition to those leveled against him last year for a series of bank fraud and wire fraud schemes that totaled more than $3.3 million in losses.
Joplin district pursues more money for construction projects
The Joplin Board of Education is proceeding with the sale of $8 million in lease certificates of participation to fund construction projects at the district’s three major rebuild projects.
Appellate court upholds class-action status for Picher residents
An appellate court upheld a 2013 ruling on Thursday that a class-action lawsuit brought by former residents of Picher, Oklahoma, against a Tulsa-based appraisal firm involved with the buyout of property in the city can proceed.
3 To Get Ready
Three things coming your way in Saturday’s Joplin Globe
The heat is on
Heat index values will range from 100 to 105 degrees this afternoon across the region, according to the National Weather Service forecast office at Springfield.
After 18 months, ‘babies’ will be released into river
A project that began with the spawning of 60,000 eggs a year and a half ago will end next month with the release of a raceway full of now-adult trout into Roaring River. In other words, my trout parenthood is done.
Overacted on purpose: 'The Boy Friend' is a send-off of '20s-era musicals
The musical is filled with history. It is the third-longest-running musical in British history, and Julie Andrews starred in the Broadway debut of the play in America. The musical is also the first Broadway musical to be performed by Joplin Little Theatre, which first picked up the script in 1960, about 20 years after its formation.
Oklahoma appellate court upholds class-action status in lawsuit filed by Picher residents
An appellate court this week upheld a 2013 lower court ruling permitting class-action status for a lawsuit brought by former residents of Picher, Oklahoma, against a Tulsa-based appraisal firm involved with the buyout.
Coming Sunday: Service to mark the centennial of deadly train wreck
One of the deadliest train wrecks in U.S. history occurred a century ago just south of Joplin, near Tipton Ford.
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