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NEOSHO, Mo. — A judge ordered a 20-year-old defendant to stand trial on a rape charge Monday following testimony of his alleged victim at a preliminary hearing in Newton County Circuit Court.

A Monett man was struck and killed in a car-pedestrian accident at 9:30 p.m. Friday on Lawrence Farm Road 2140, about 3 miles north of Freistatt in Lawrence County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A Burgess man who was struck and killed by a train earlier this week on a Kansas City Southern Railroad track has been identified as Jerry A. Faucett, 57, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office stated Friday in a news release. Burgess is a village in Barton County.

A Pineville man was killed and an Arkansas woman injured in a three-vehicle wreck at 9 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 71 at Jane in McDonald County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — A Mount Vernon woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in a felony child abuse case and received suspended impositions of sentences with probation and community service.

A Diamond woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday on Missouri Highway 59, about 5 miles east of Neosho in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Police arrested a man they allegedly found asleep Sunday morning in a pickup truck parked along Redfox Run in Joplin with a loaded syringe in his lap, some bags containing methamphetamine in plain view inside the truck and a gun on his hip.

Two Newton County men sustained injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 1:20 a.m. Saturday on Route D, 2 miles west of Stella in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A Neosho woman sustained minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 11:20 a.m. Friday on Business Highway 60, a half-mile east of Neosho in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Felony charges against an Oronogo man in connection with a domestic disturbance Dec. 11 have been dismissed because of his girlfriend no longer cooperating with prosecution of the case, according to the Jasper County prosecutor's office.

A Granby man suffered moderate injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 60, a mile south of Ritchey in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

In Thursday's edition, an article about the trial of Blaine Downum incorrectly reported that the victim's mother was called as a witness for the defense. The woman was an ex-girlfriend of the defendant who was living with him in a Joplin motel at the time of the alleged sexual abuse of the g…

Three people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Route C at Milford in Barton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Both drivers were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 60 near Neosho city limits in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

LAMAR, Mo. — The Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team seized small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana as well as a shotgun while arresting three people on warrants Monday at an address in Lamar.

Three Kansas residents suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 3:48 p.m. Sunday on Missouri Highway 43, about 6 miles north of Joplin in Jasper County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A judge granted a Carthage man a suspended sentence and probation Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court for punishing a 3-year-old boy by making him drink hot sauce and wash his soiled underwear in a toilet bowl containing feces.

A Lawrence, Kansas, woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash at 10:03 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 69, less than a mile south of Arma in Crawford County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

A Joplin teen was injured when the moped he was riding Wednesday afternoon overturned as he was crossing 12th Street on Jackson Avenue and slid under a parked pickup truck, according to a Joplin Police Department report.

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