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Monday, April 30, 2018

HELICOPTER ACTIVITY AROUND THE AREA - WHAT IS GOING ON?


🚁🚁WHY WERE HELICOPTERS FLYING OVERHEAD
• Crackdown by air (and ground) on motorcycle speeding/tricks/pursuits
• Joplin News First was monitoring with the FLIGHTAWARE APP - you can too

(64801/64804) — Joplin News First confirmed early in the evening that area police departments were working with a helicopter of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Better weather this past week has shown a rise in dangerous motorcycle speeding/tricks/pursuits across the entire area.

Joplin News First heard earlier in the week, firsthand of a Newton County chase where a bike evading police reached speeds up to 130 mph.

Thank you to our area police depts and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for keeping us all a little more safe tonight.

And for keeping some motorcycle riders safe from themselves.

We believe the last helicopter has landed. The image you see is from a FREE app called FLIGHT AWARE. Get it in the GOOGLE PLAY STORE or the APP STORE.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

HOUSE FIRE SPREADING FAST - DUENWEG FIRE DEPT HAS NO PROBLEM



SUNDAY AFTERNOON DUQUESNE HOUSE FIRE SPREAD FAST
• No injuries reported at this time
• Update from fire department is pending

(64801) -- This home is located in Duquesne so the responding fire department Duenweg Fire Department made quick work on this windy afternoon. You can see some of the firefighters in our LIVE! video responded without all their fire gear.

It’s always good to have back up on the way but these brave and devoted firemen didn’t slow down.

Mutual aid was requested from the Joplin Fire Department and the Redings Mill Fire Protection District. Mutual aid is an agreement where city to city they share services and help to support one another. This is even done across state lines in our area.

The address is 920 Walnut Ridge in Duquesne. The neighborhood is just a few blocks south of East 7th Street near Dollar General and Mason Woodard.

Thank you to Debs, Tara and Cathy for spotting what was happening and letting know, today you are Joplin News First.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

MODEL TRAIN SHOW & SWAP MEET - FUNDRAISER FOR MUSEUM COMPLEX


🚂🚂MODEL TRAIN SHOW & SWAP MEET

   • Start your collection or restart it!
   • See amazing model trains set up & running
   • 9a-3p Joplin History & Mineral Museum
   • Special fundraiser for the museums

(64801) – The Joplin History & Mineral Museum have had model trains on permanent display for decades. Without the trains Joplin never would have existed when the mining boom hit 125 years ago.

This is a fundraiser for the Joplin Museum Complex so there is a small admission fee ($3) but bring kids and grandkids free (12 & under) with an adult.

“[This is a] great time to start a Model Railroad Hobby or purchase items for your layout! Of course you can come and just brows the layouts! Tickets available at door.“ The Tristatemodelrailroaders state on the event page.

Today at Schifferdecker Park at the Museum Complex. Where you can reignite your childhood love of trains and watch the twinkle begin in another!

MODEL TRAIN & SWAP MEET - WELCOME TO DAWN CITY


MODEL🚂TRAIN SHOW & SWAP MEET

• See all scales of model trains set up
• 9a-3p Joplin History & Mineral Museum
• Fundraiser for the Museum Complex, 20+ years
• Small admission fee at door-kids FREE

(64801) – Ignite your love of trains as you witness the most amazing scenescapes and model trains on display at the Joplin Museum Complex.

“[This is a] great time to start a Model Railroad Hobby or purchase items for your layout! Of course you can come and just brows the layouts! Tickets available at door.“ The Tristatemodelrailroaders state on the event page.

The Joplin History & Mineral Museum have had model trains on permanent display for decades. Without the trains Joplin never would have existed when the mining boom hit 125 years ago. Today at Schifferdecker Park at the Museum Complex. Where you can reignite your childhood love of trains and watch the twinkle begin in another!

OPENING DAY - JOPLIN'S EMPIRE MARKET - HUGE CROWDS


EMPIRE MARKET OPENS TODAY IN JOPLIN - COME EVERY SAT
  • Farmers Market has a roof over its head
  • Local growers & artisans today 10-3
  • FREE to attend & browse vendors

(64801) — Empire Market is a historic structure, built right alongside the railroad tracks on East 4th St. The main building was originally the Joplin Casket Company. But it comes to life today with a long-awaited Farmers Market & Artisan Center.

Empire District Electric donated this former office space to Downtown Joplin Alliance in 2016. Thus the moniker ‘Empire’ as a nod to the generous company which used the building since 1916 and has since renamed themselves Liberty Utilities - Empire District.

WHAT WILL YOU SEE
  • The Bearded Baker will have a range of breads, savory pastries, sweet stuff 🙌🏽
  • Robertson Family Farm, they say it's little early for their delicious blueberries, but they'll have their own honey to sell! 🐝
  • Angela of All Mixed Up Bakery will have adorable sugar cookies and so many more items each week.
  • Fleetwood Farmette LLC can share heirloom garlic, herbs, gorgeous eggs, handcrafted breads (using ingredients they grow themselves), fruit leathers & more items.
  • Cottage Small Coffee Roasters will be in the market every Saturday
  • MoBlooms with their gorgeous cut flowers that will change with the seasons.
  • Blackcat Barnyard LLC have pasture raised pork, beef and poultry - and farm fresh eggs.
  • Also they have artisans in the Hip Handmade Market inside!
#joplin #joplinempiremarket #farmersmarket #localgrownjoplin #downtownjoplin #lovejoplin #joplinnewsfirst

DONNIE KIDWELL OF GALENA - SERVICES PLANNED & GO FUND ME INFORMATION

DONNIE KIDWELL OF GALENA DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON W 7TH

Thank you for your kindness & support as they raise finances for arrangements
SERVICES PLANNED & GO FUND ME INFORMATION

(64804/64801) -- Joplin News First good friends Ron & Carlen Baptista told us how truly wonderful Donnie was as a dad and a friend. "He was ALWAYS there for his friends," Carlen told us. "When we would meet up he was always at his kids games or events...he loved his family."

What happened this week was truly a tragic accident. Please support the Donnie Kidwell Memorial Fund. Click to read about what kind of person he was...our deepest condolences to his family and friends. - Joplin News First

INFORMATION ON SERVICES:
http://www.parkermortuary.com/obituary/donald-kidwell-iii?fh_id=10419

INFORMATION ON GO FUND ME ACCOUNT:
https://www.gofundme.com/donnie-kidwell-memorial-fund
 GO FUND ME FOR DONNIE KIDWELL
"Thank you for sharing your peanut butter bars with us and the kids. We love you ❤️ RIP" - Presley

"I love you uncle bub and rest easy, we'll see each other again someday." - Jacob

"His spirit and laughter & humor would brighten anyone's day!" - Rodney

"He'd drop everything he was doing just to make sure you got that help." - Tabitha


MODEL RAILROAD SHOW - SEE THE TRAINS OR START A COLLECTION



MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND SWAP MEET
-See the most amazing model train sets up and running
-Sat/Today 9a-3p at the Joplin History & Mineral Museum
-Small admission fee at door to help cover costs of event

(64801) – Ignite your love of trains as you witness the most amazing model trains on display at the Joplin Museum Complex.

“[This is a] great time to start a Model Railroad Hobby or purchase items for your layout! Of course you can come and just brows the layouts also! Tickets available at door.“ The TriStateModelRailroaders state on the event page.

The Joplin History & Mineral Museum have had model trains on permanent display for decades. And this train show is part of their annual sharing with the community - that love of trains and model trains. It’s been an ongoing love 20 years now.

It's Saturday/Today at Schifferdecker Park at the Museum Complex. Where you can reignite that love of trains and watch the twinkle begin in another! https://www.facebook.com/events/189656671800964

Friday, April 27, 2018

UPDATE: BARD RESIGNS AGAIN - FINAL TIME - GET THE JOPLIN GLOBE DIGITAL ACCESS


UPDATE: BARD RESIGNS AGAIN - FINAL TIME

CLICK for the story from our Breaking News Partner The Joplin Globe written by Debby Woodin

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FATALITY CRASH - "NO EVIDENCE OF IMPAIRMENT" SAYS JPD


"NO EVIDENCE OF IMPAIRMENT" SAYS JPD

  • Uninjured driver of SUV identified as Mark Rohr, former Joplin city manager
  • We asked why is JPD investigating this crash instead of Missouri State Highway Patrol? "Mr. Rohr is a private citizen who is no longer employed by the city of Joplin."

(64801) -- Official information from the Joplin Police Departmentregarding the motorcycle fatality last night on West 7th and Tri-State Road.

The crash involved a Ninja Motorcycle and a white SUV. Donald Kidwell III of Galena, KS was operating the motorcycle. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries.

The driver of the white SUV was 58 year old, Mark Rohr. Rohr is Joplin's former city manager who left his position with the city in February 2014.

Captain Trevor Duncan tells Joplin News First exclusively, “No evidence of impairment with the driver of the SUV. Mr Rohr is a private citizen who is no longer employed by the city of Joplin”

OFFICIAL INFORMATION
Tuesday evening, at 8:54pm, the Joplin Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at 7 th and Tri State. A 2016 Dodge Durango, driven by Mark Rohr, 58, Joplin, was turning east from the stop sign at 7th and Tri State Road.

A 2005 Kawasaki Ninja was being operated westbound on 7th by Donald L. Kidwell III, 38, Galena, Kansas. The motorcycle impacted the rear driver’s side of the SUV. Kidwell was ejected from the motorcycle. Kidwell was transported to Mercy Hospital where he died from his injuries. Rohr wasn’t injured in the crash.

The Joplin Police Department Major Crash Team responded and is investigating. This the 5th fatality crash of 2018 for the Joplin Police Department.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MOTORCYCLE FATALITY CRASH CLOSES ROUTE 66



MOTORCYCLE AND VEHICLE CRASH CLOSES ROUTE 66>>>NOW CONFIRMED A FATALITY CRASH
• West 7th & Tri-State Road at city limit
• Traffic moving normally at 1:00 am

(64801) — Capt Trevor Duncan of the Joplin Police Department confirm to Joplin News First at 10:42 pm. "It is now a fatal crash. Nothing else released until tomorrow."

[TRAFFIC ALERT EXPIRED]
Avoid this area of West 7th St/Route 66. MoDOT Southwest Missouri has set up a road block at Black Cat Road to the West. And also at 7th and Schifferdecker to the East. Alternate routes will be Belle Center Road to the North or 13th/Junge to the South.

Thank you to our first responders tonight. Carl Junction Fire Protection District, Joplin Fire Department and officers including Joplin Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol. Also Rosenburg Recovery & Towing for your work.

Also thanks to our anonymous tipsters who let us know what they saw and text us. Our friend Photog Gregg, Mandi, Julez and others...you are Joplin News First. #joplinnewsfirst

QUO WARRANTO>>>SHOULD BARD SERVE ON THE JOPLIN CITY COUNCIL



SHOULD BARD SERVE ON THE JOPLIN CITY COUNCIL>>>QUO WARRANTO LOOMING
• ‘writ of quo warranto' is being filed in Jasper County
• 80% of Joplin News First pollsters say 'YES, He should serve'

(64801) – Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Theresa Kenny tells Joplin News First that she is preparing to file a 'quo warranto' in the matter of Joshua Bard holding a seat on the Joplin City Council.

“That will be filed in the Jasper County Circuit Court here in Joplin,” Kenny tells Joplin News First. “In a case of quo warranto, the attorney general or the prosecuting attorney will represent the state.”

After Bard was recently elected to one of the 3 general seats on the Joplin City Council, Joplin city attorney Peter Edwards, brought to light that Mr. Bard had a past criminal record which wouldn't allow him to serve on the council.

After Bard challenged that decision saying he has been off probation for 6 years, last Friday Edwards turned it over to the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, Theresa Kenny.

“A writ of quo warranto is not a petition, but a notice of demand, issued by a demandant, to a respondant claiming some delegated power, and filed with a court of competent jurisdiction, to hold a hearing within 3 to 20 days, depending on the distance of the respondant to the court, to present proof of his authority to execute his claimed powers.” - www.constitution.org

The quo warranto will be filed in Joplin since it's the closest jurisdiction. And a hearing must be held within 3 to 20 days.

The prosecuting attorney will present the law they feel that doesn't allow Mr Bard to serve in office. And then Mr. Bard as the respondent and have a chance to show why he should remain in office.

Then a judge will decide if Mr. Bard has the right to serve. It's not known what Jasper County judge would hear the case – if it's even picked up. They go by a rotation of numbers on case and judge assignments. If it's not even chosen to be heard by a judge then by that silence of the court Mr. Bard would be determined ineligible to serve.

“If the court finds the proof insufficient, or if the court fails to hold the hearing, the respondant must cease to exercise the power. If the power is to hold an office, he must vacate the office.”

ARGUMENT FOR REDEMPTION
“I feel that when my right to vote was reinstated January 1, 2012, then also my right to hold an office should be reinstated too,” Bard tells Joplin News First.

He also cites: (Mo. App. 1966). A person convicted of a felony under Missouri law or convicted under the law of another jurisdiction of a crime that would be a felony if committed in Missouri forfeits any office he many then hold, and is ineligible to hold office until completion of his sentence or probation. Mo. Rev. Stat.5 561.012(1)(1)

SUBJECT THREATENING PEOPLE WITH A TASER TRIES TO EVADE POLICE



JPD SET UP PERIMETER AND CAPTURE SUBJECT
• Royal Heights near Laurel & Patterson
• Subject threatening others with taser

(64801) — A call came in to Joplin Police Department there was a male subject ‘threatening people with a taser’ at a residence in the Southern part of Royal Heights along Turkey Creek.

Capt Trevor Duncan confirms with Joplin News First they set up a perimeter (seen in map). And at the same time tips were pouring in on our FB, tipline and messenger.

When officers responded to the residence he fled into the wooded area.

K9 were brought in and the subject was apprehended quickly. He was wanted on some outstanding warrants police also confirm today.

Developing story we will update you as more information becomes available. Thanks also to our friend Elisabeth who called us from the Trolley when she saw JPD swarming into the Royal Heights area and let us know - today she is Joplin News First.

Monday, April 23, 2018

MAN RUNNING FROM JPD OFFERED A PERSON $5 FOR A NEW SHIRT - DIDN'T FOOL K9



OFFERED A PERSON $5 FOR A NEW SHIRT - DIDN'T FOOL K9
-6th & S Jackson on the alley, behind Save-A-Lot, abandoned the vehicle
-Offers $5 to a person to give him a shirt
-Suspect brought into custody near 4th and Byers

(64801) — Joplin Police Department confirm tonight they came upon a stolen vehicle and then realized the occupant wasn't the owner.

The occupant drove through a neighborhood and ducked into this dead end alley (seen in images). From there he fled on foot. Before K9 arrived JPD blocked off areas of Jackson and Conner. One neighbor said the man on foot offered $5 to a person for a shirt to change up his identity.

He was finally taken into custody about 6 blocks away. Changing the shirt didn't stop the K9 from identifying him.

"You should have seen it, they said K9 is out, or something like that, and off he went," one neighbor told us. She was glad to hear us tell her the suspect was in custody at 4th and Byers near the corner store.

Thank you JPD for your quick work. More official details as they become available.

Thanks for the calls/texts/messages from Joey, Shelly, Colton, Phillip, Jenny and so many others. Tonight thanks for telling us what you saw because you are all Joplin News First!

CITY COUNCILMAN BARD COMPLETED PROBATION 6+ YEARS AGO


CITY COUNCILMAN BARD COMPLETED PROBATION 6+ YEARS AGO
• Each side cites MO law saying felons can/can't serve in office
• JasCo Prosecutor, Theresa Kenny, will decide fate
• Feb 1 Bard shared past misdeeds openly at MSSU in a Criminology class
(64804/64801) -- Joshua Bard received 80% YES - he should serve - on our little straw poll over the weekend. On Sunday he told Joplin News First, "The amount of support is absolutely heartwarming!"
Bard ran for one of 3 general election seats on the Joplin City Council and won. However it wasn't until after the election that Joplin City Attorney, Peter Edwards, brought Bard's past misdeeds to light noting, state law prohibits those convicted of felonies from holding public office. And he cited section 115.306 of Missouri law.
Bard in turn has noted section 561.021 of Missouri law, "A person convicted of a felony...forfeits any office he may then hold, and is ineligible to hold office until completion of his sentence or probation." Bard completed his 5 year probation January 1, 2012, that was 6+ years ago.
In a February 1 MSSU class broadcast on the internet and visible to the public, Bard admitted his past in depth. He engaged in a 24 minute discussion with MSSU Professor of Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement, Jackie J Spurlin, regarding Redemption in the Criminal Justice System (https://www.facebook.com/jj.spurlin/videos/10100495033681408/)
WHAT ARE BARD'S SINS?
"Court records show that Bard, 44, pleaded guilty June 2, 2006, to a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and was placed on supervised probation for five years by Judge Timothy Perigo in Newton County Circuit Court.
On July 9, 2010, Bard was cited for a probation violation in that case after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The judge extended Bard's probation to Jan. 1, 2012, on the special condition that Bard successfully complete addiction treatment." - The Joplin Globe, Debby Woodin, April 18, 2018
WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Friday it was determined that Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, Theresa Kenny, will decide if Bard is eligible to serve. And in peeling back the onion further he did resign - however the resignation was rescinded by Bard. But it was not presented and accepted in a council meeting yet.
It's not known when Kenny will make a decision but Bard told Joplin News First yesterday. "We have an opportunity to step and make the change we desire as a community. I may get bad news this week. But I will not be defeated. Your support, kind words and generosity have given me a huge amount of faith in our community."
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BRAZEN CRIMINALS PULL UP AND STEAL TRAILER - CAUGHT ON CAMERA





TRAILER STOLEN, JOIN Joplin Area Stolen Items GROUP
• Stolen from area near Heartland Pet on Hwy FF
• Trailer value $2,500, making it FELONY theft
STOLEN:
TopHat Flatbead Trailer, double axle, wood deck. Right fender repair damage from hitting a deer. Note a modified lip on the rear edge where ramps can connect. Also oil stains on the wood deck.
WHEN STOLEN:
April 7, 10:00 pm, from area near Heartland Pet on Hwy FF.
VISIBLE TRUCK STEALING THE TRAILER:
Black Toyota Tundra, black bed cover and black wheels and two males.
HAVE INFORMATION?:
Joplin Police Department, 417-623-3131, an officer is available to talk, 24 hours a day
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

'SHOULD HE SERVE' POLL HAS ENDED - 80/20 - A MESSAGE FROM JOSH BARD

(64804/64801) -- Josh Bard received 80% positive on our poll yesterday. He writes a note to Joplin News First readers:

"The amount of support is absolutely heartwarming! In church today at CCUMC. Sloan spoke of the story about David and Goliath. It was exactly the story I needed to hear at this very moment in my life.

This verse is a perfect reminder of what we have before us. Ephesians 4: 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

We have an opportunity to step and make the change we desire as a community. I may get bad news this week. But I will not be defeated. I still have the opportunity if there was a mistake made, and come back stronger than before.

Your support, kind words and generosity have given me a huge amount of faith in our community. Our Police and Fire Departments are counting on us!!" - Josh Bard

SUV GOES INTO JOPLIN CREEK, WHEN POLICE ARRIVE NO DRIVER OR OCCUPANTS

UPDATE: Appears to be a newer model Kia Soul. NORTH MURPHY BLVD AND JOPLIN CREEK • Black SUV goes into Joplin Creek • Roanoke/Dover Hill/West Landreth Park (64801) — There are more questions than answers this morning. Joplin News First confirm with Joplin Police Department this crash apparently didn’t have a driver or occupant when they arrived on the scene. It is not know at this time if this is a stolen vehicle or if the driver and/occupant(s) were injured. Developing story... - - - sponsorship§advertisement- - - Our LIVE! and BREAKING NEWS is brought to you in part by Gardner Express Care. Located at 1701 West 26th. • Need a Doctor for your Primary Care? • Save 💵 on Urgent Care • Weight Management & Consulting • DOT Physicals • Drug Screenings Click #gardnerexpresscare - located behind Neighborhood Market on 26th
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SUV GOES OFF ROAD N MURPHY BLVD AND JOPLIN CREEK


SUV GOES OFF ROAD N MURPHY BLVD AND JOPLIN CREEK
• Black SUV goes into Joplin Creek
• Roanoke/Dover Hill/West Landreth Park
(64801) — There are more questions than answers this morning. Joplin News First confirm with Joplin Police Department this crash apparently didn’t have a driver or occupant when they arrived on the scene.
It is not know at this time if this is a stolen vehicle or if the driver and/occupant(s) were injured.
Developing story...
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JOPLIN NEWS FIRST POLL SAYS 'BARD SHOULD SERVE' DESPITE HIS RECORD



[POLL EXPIRED]
JOPLIN NEWS FIRST POLL SAYS 'BARD SHOULD SERVE' DESPITE HIS RECORD
-Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, Theresa Kenny, will decide
-February 1 Bard shared past misdeeds in an MSSU class broadcast on internet

(64804/64801) -- Josh Bard received 80% YES - he should serve - on our poll over the weekend. On Sunday he told Joplin News First, "The amount of support is absolutely heartwarming!"

Bard ran for one of 3 general election seats on the Joplin City Council and won. However it wasn't until after the election that Joplin City Attorney, Peter Edwards, brought Bard's past misdeeds to light noting, state law prohibits those convicted of felonies from holding public office. And he cited section 115.306 of Missouri law.

In a February 1 MSSU class broadcast on the internet and visible to the public, Bard admitted his past in depth. He engaged in a 24 minute discussion with MSSU Professor of Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement, Jacki J. Spurlin. (https://www.facebook.com/jj.spurlin/videos/10100495033681408/)

WHAT ARE BARDS SINS?
"Court records show that Bard, 44, pleaded guilty June 2, 2006, to a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and was placed on supervised probation for five years by Judge Timothy Perigo in Newton County Circuit Court.

On July 9, 2010, Bard was cited for a probation violation in that case after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The judge extended Bard's probation to Jan. 1, 2012, on the special condition that Bard successfully complete addiction treatment." - The Joplin Globe, Debby Woodin, April 18, 2018

WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Friday it was determined that Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, Theresa Kenny, will decide if Bard is eligible to serve. And in peeling back the onion further he did resign - however the resignation was rescinded by Bard. But it was not presented and accepted in a council meeting yet.

It's not known when Kenny will make a decision but Bard told Joplin News First yesterday. "We have an opportunity to step and make the change we desire as a community. I may get bad news this week. But I will not be defeated. Your support, kind words and generosity have given me a huge amount of faith in our community."

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD BARD BE ALLOWED TO SERVE - VOTE!

PROSECUTOR TO DETERMINE IF BARD CAN HOLD OFFICE
     -Portions from our Breaking News Partner The Joplin Globe (link to full article below)
THANK YOU FOR VOTING
(64801/64804) -- Our breaking news partner The Joplin Globe reports this morning:
Jasper County Prosecutor Theresa Kinney said Friday she will determine whether Joshua Bard, newly-elected to the Joplin City Council, has legal claim to the seat.

Joshua Bard resigned the council seat on Wednesday, but withdrew his resignation on Thursday morning, saying he made a hasty decision when the city attorney spoke to him about the city's position on his eligibility to hold the council seat.

City Attorney Peter Edwards said earlier state law prohibits those convicted of felonies from holding public office. He cited section 115.306 of Missouri law.

THE FELONY IN QUESTION
"Court records show that Bard, 44, pleaded guilty June 2, 2006, to a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and was placed on supervised probation for five years by Judge Timothy Perigo in Newton County Circuit Court.

On July 9, 2010, Bard was cited for a probation violation in that case after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The judge extended Bard's probation to Jan. 1, 2012, on the special condition that Bard successfully complete addiction treatment." - The Joplin Globe, Debby Woodin, April 18

Full Joplin Globe article click:
http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/newly-elected-city-councilman-resigns-over-previous-convictions/article_efeec792-435d-11e8-b281-13bae919abbb.html

Friday, April 20, 2018

JHS THEATER DEPT PREVIEWS 'THE ADAMS FAMILY' MUSICAL WHICH PLAYS IN MAY



THE ADAMS FAMILY APPEARS AT THIRD THURSDAY

• Joplin High School students showcase their upcoming musical
• Thank you Lori Haun/Downtown Joplin Alliance for a great night 🙌🏽

(64801) – Joplin High School Theater Dept performing a section of their upcoming production, The Adams Family at Third Thursday.

"The Addams Family" runs May 3, 4 & 5. 7:00 pm nightly at Joplin High School's Coulter Auditorium. Come and see the hard work done by the actors and crew!

For more details click: https://www.facebook.com/JHStheatredep…/

✨OTHER HIGHLIGHTS✨

~Third Thursday is sponsored by our friends at KODE/KSN and they are kicking off their YOUR TOWN tour. They are looking for a KIDCASTER / CORRESPONDENT and kids can audition. Ages 6th -11th grade.

~This month you can see a POP UP SKATE PARK set up sponsored by Kerosene Skate Shop near Blue Moon Boutique.

~Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. are giving away bike helmets to kids.

~Abernathy Roofing and Construction is a sponsor giving away cotton candy.

~Joplin News First is sponsored in part by Gardner Express Care, medically guided weight mgmt & consulting

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

JOPLIN GLOBE BREAKING NEWS - NEWLY ELECTED CITY COUNCILMAN RESIGNS OVER PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS


BREAKING NEWS>>> JOPLIN GLOBE EXCLUSIVE by Debby Woodin
NEWLY ELECTED CITY COUNCILMAN RESIGNS OVER PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS
•State law bars people guilty of felonies from being a candidate for local or state office
(64801/64804) -- Historically when an elected council member has resigned the Joplin City Council takes applications to consider filling that spot. However that is not confirmed at this time.
In the City Charter, section 2.05. Council appoints, and it can be anyone who meets the qualifications. The appointee serves until the next election (2020).
What are those qualifications? You must be at least 18-years-old and a resident of Joplin for at least four years. CLICK📲 to view the charter https://www.joplinmo.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/88
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In a post on social media Josh Bard writes:
First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me over these last several months. To many of you, it is no surprise that I have a past, a past that I'm not necessarily proud of at all. But we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by what we have done. I had hoped and still hope to use that example in my life.
With that being said, I have resigned my position as a member of our Joplin City Council. In all the research I had done prior to running. I missed a MO Statute that prevents me from holding office.
I want it to be known, I never intended on doing any harm to our city or our city council. I love this city and our governing of this city. To those that were counting on me. I am so very sorry I let you down! - Josh Bard

TEENAGE GIRL ASSAULTED IN HER OWN BEDROOM - JPD NEED YOUR TIPS

KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN TRAIN SITS FOR HOURS WITH NO EXPLANATION


TRAINS SITTING ON THE TRACKS>>>NEARLY TWO HOURS BLOCKING TRAFFIC
• #1 - NORTH/SOUTH 12th and 15th blocked
• #2 - EAST/WEST Illinois and Murphy Blvd
(64801/64804) — “Seems extreme to block traffic for so long to cripple morning traffic. Let's hope the ambulance crews are aware?” This was a text from a Joplin News First tipster.
Joplin Police Department do not have any information. Is it a maintenance issue? What is going on Kansas City Southern, Joplin would like to know, thanks!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CONNECTICUT AVE BRIDGE GIRDERS ARRIVE - I-44 TRAFFIC DIVERTED OVERNIGHT TO PLACE THEM


TRAFFIC ALERT
>>>I-44 WESTBOUND CLOSED OVERNIGHT / 9:30p-6:30a FROM MoDOT Southwest Missouri
(64804) – Traffic diversions and closings tonight should be back to normal by morning.
I-44 CLOSED WEST CLOSED TONIGHT
April 17-19 to Set Girders for Connecticut Bridge
Where: I-44 fr Exit 6 & Exit 8 (Rangeline to Main)
TONIGHT
Both westbound lanes CLOSED: 9:30p-6:30a
Tuesday into Wednesday, April 17-18
TOMORROW
Both eastbound lanes CLOSED: 9:30p-6:30a
Wednesday into Thursday, April 18-19
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I-44 WEST CLOSED OVERNIGHT BETWEEN RANGELINE & MAIN

(64804) — Work continues on the Connecticut Ave bridge and the Westbound I-44 lanes are closed tonight. 

MODOT SWMO: 
     “Westbound I-44 will be CLOSED tonight (April 17) between exits 6 & 8 beginning at 9:30 in Joplin while contractor crews set girders for the new Connecticut Avenue bridge. Drivers will be detoured using Range Line Road, 32nd Street and Main Street. Tomorrow night (April 18) the eastbound lanes will be closed. For details, click: https://tinyurl.com/y79gv4s4 

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CALL 1-800-DIG-RITE - UNNAMED CONSTRUCTION CREW HITS GAS LINE CAUSING 6 HOUR REPAIR JOB


[EXPIRED] Gas line repair finished!
WORK CREWS HIT NATURAL GAS LINE
>>>TRAFFIC BEING REDIRECTED ON EAST 32
>>>ALSO I-44 WEST CLOSES OVERNIGHT FOR BRIDGE
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(64804) — About 6:00 this evening a tipster let us know about a possible gas leak on East 32nd, just East of Rangeline. The project is going to take hours to repair.
An unnamed work crew had mistakenly hit a ‘significant’ gas line. No one was injured and the area was not evacuated. The public is not in danger.
Joplin Fire Department are on the task this evening of narrowing East 32nd to just two lanes as all Westbound lanes are closed.
Thanks to JFD and Spire for responding this evening.
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JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT NEED YOUR HELP FINDING THIS DANGEROUS 17 YR OLD



TIPSTER ALERT>>>WANTED>>>
BRENTON A. HOLLIS FOR CRIMES INCLUDING FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT
• 17 year old, white male
• homeless, no known vehicle
• if located call 911
JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT --
We need your help finding him. He is homeless, has no known vehicles, and no known employment. You can contact us with information: Detective Morrison via email at mmorriso@joplinmo.org or 417-623-3131 extension 627. If located call 911. Should be considered armed and dangerous, do not approach call us - or call 911.

BONNIE AND CLYDE GARAGE APARTMENT - 85 YEARS AFTER JOPLIN OFFICERS SHOT



85 YEARS AGO>>>TODAY WE REMEMBER TWO FALLEN OFFICERS WHO WERE SERVING JOPLIN>>>
• Det Harry McGinnis, Joplin Police Department
• Constable Wes Harryman, Newton County Sheriff's Office

(64804) – [TEXT DIRECTLY FROM WIKIPEDIA] On March 22, 1933, Buck Barrow was granted a full pardon and released from prison. Within days, he and his wife Blanche had set up housekeeping with Clyde, Bonnie and Jones in a temporary hideout at 3347 1/2 Oakridge Drive in Joplin, Missouri.

According to family sources,[42] Buck and Blanche were there to visit; they attempted to persuade Clyde to surrender to law enforcement. Bonnie and Clyde's next brush with the law arose from their generally suspicious—and conspicuous—behavior, not because they had been identified.

The group ran loud, alcohol-fueled card games late into the night in the quiet neighborhood. "We bought a case of beer a day," Blanche would later recall.[43] The men came and went noisily at all hours, and Clyde discharged a BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) in the apartment while cleaning it.[44] No neighbors went to the house, but one reported suspicions to the Joplin Police Department.

The lawmen assembled a five-man force in two cars on April 13 to confront what they suspected were bootleggers living in the garage apartment. Though taken by surprise, Clyde was noted for remaining cool under fire. He, Jones, and Buck quickly killed Detective McGinnis and fatally wounded Constable Harryman.[45][46]

During the escape from the apartment, Parker laid down covering fire with her BAR, forcing Highway Patrol Sergeant G. B. Kahler to duck behind a large oak tree while .30 caliber bullets struck the other side, forcing wood splinters into the sergeant's face.[47] Parker got into the car with the others. They slowed enough to pull in Blanche Barrow from the street, where she was pursuing her dog Snow Ball.[48]

The surviving officers later testified that their side had fired only fourteen rounds in the conflict,[49] but one hit Jones on the side, one struck Clyde and was deflected by his suitcoat button, and one grazed Buck after ricocheting off a wall.
The group escaped the police at Joplin, but left behind most of their possessions at the apartment: items included Buck and Blanche's marriage license, Buck's parole papers (three weeks old), a large arsenal of weapons, a handwritten poem by Bonnie, and a camera with several rolls of undeveloped film.[53]

The film was developed at The Joplin Globe and yielded many now-famous photos of Barrow, Parker and Jones clowning and pointing weapons at one another.[54] When the poem and the photos, including one of Parker clenching a cigar in her teeth and a pistol in her hand, went out on the newly installed newswire, the anonymous fivesome from Dallas became front-page news across America as the Barrow Gang. The poem "Story of 'Suicide Sal'" was an apparent backstory. #bonnieandclyde #barrowgang#bonnieandclydejoplin #route66

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TIPSTER ALERT: JPD CONFIRMS - HOME WAS HIT BY APPROX 8 ROUNDS



BREAKING | EXCLUSIVE
RESIDENCE HIT WITH APPROX 8 ROUNDS CONFIRMS JPD>>>PERSON(S) UNKNOWN WHO FIRED SHOTS
• JN1st brought this to you FIRST @12:20 am on the scene
• 1200 block of South Rex Ave, between Wal-Mart & Target
• Investigation continues with JPD, have info? 417-623-3131
(64801) – Last night shortly after midnight tipsters alerted us to 'shots fired' in the 1200 block of South Rex Ave. Joplin News First reported LIVE! with an update of no injuries or arrests. However the investigation began...
Today we have learned, “One residence on South Rex was damaged due to numerous bullets hitting the residence. There were no injuries or arrests,” Capt Trevor Duncan tells Joplin News First.
“The residence was struck by approximately 8 rounds.” It's unknown if the specific residence that was hit was the target.
Also it’s not known if the rounds were discharged from a vehicle or someone was on foot. Joplin Police Department are not revealing the caliber of bullets recovered at the scene.
Duncan continues, “We are seeking the person(s) who fired the shots as part of the investigation.”
If you have information please contact the Joplin Police Department 24 hours a day and talk with an officer 417-623-3131.
LAST NIGHT RECAP
“13th and Rex blocked off, 12th and Rex blocked off, 11th and Rex blocked off. Officers doing intense ground search, and weapons out. Looking in driveways, streets, yards, trees,” one tipster told Joplin News First.
Upon Joplin News First arrival near 10th and Peters Ave, Joplin Police Department advised us to stay away from the immediate area for safety.
Scene was cleared however officers remained to begin an investigation.
Thank you to Mandi, Chris, Margaret and Keith for telling us what you were seeing on our tipline and FB messenger. You are Joplin News First tonight.
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THE WEAPONS OF THE BARROW GANG - BONNIE & CLYDE - INSIDE THE GARAGE APT ...



85 YEARS AGO>>>BARROW GANG KILL 2 JOPLIN OFFICERS IN SHOOTOUT, APRIL 13, 1933
• History of guns from Bonnie & Clyde crime spree
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FIRE CLAIMS LONGTIME RESIDENTS LIFE - LIGHTNING IS TO BLAME





MAN SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES RECEIVED IN HOUSE FIRE>>>BLAZE THOUGHT TO BE CAUSED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE
• Many share condolences for longtime friend & businessman
• Born in Joplin and a 1980 Parkwood High School graduate
• Official Information released from Joplin Fire Department
(64804) -- "This is a very difficult time for his wife, Kathy, and their son, Adam. Mike leaves a lot of friends behind. Adam [Mike & Kathy's son] is getting married in a few short weeks," according to a private message received at Joplin News First.
Joplin News First reported live from the fire on Friday evening. The preliminary cause is determined to be a lightning strike.
In a statement from the Joplin Fire Department, “55 year old Michael Blood was transported to Freeman West and later to a burn unit in Springfield where overnight he succumbed to his injuries."
From information gathered on Joplin News First posts and private messages, Mike Blood was a 1980 graduate of Parkwood High School. He and his wife, Kathy, own and operate Blood Tax Service, located at 2901 South Main. Mike's father, Vern Blood, is a retired tax preparer as well.
"The preliminary cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike but remains under investigation and a follow up investigation will be done at the first of the week with City of Joplin Fire Marshall and Missouri Division of Fire Safety," according to a post on social media from #joplinfire
Thank you to the Joplin Police Department, Chief Jim Furgerson and his Joplin Fire Department and Joplin Professional Firefighters L59 for your work, heart and compassion. Our deepest condolences to the family.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY PREPARE FOR #REDDAY TO BENEFIT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

(64801) -- Keller Williams Realty of SWMO each year choose a cause to support together on one day, they call it #REDDay.  They are in the community making a difference.  This year they have chosen Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States!  Thank you KW!

DEADLINE TO ORDER LUNCHES: Tuesday, May 2
FORM IS HERE: https://form.jotform.com/joplinredday/joplin-red-day-2018

RED stands for Renew - Energize - Donate
2010 Boys & Girls Club
2011 Cerebal Palsy Center
2012 Laura Pena Family (tornado recovery)
2013 Sunny Jim Little League Ball Park
2014 Lafayette House
2015 Watered Gardens
2016 Salvation Army & Crosslines
2017 Fostering Hope & Bundles of Hope
...2018 Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States
"Every year something amazing comes out of this, every year there is one of those moments at the end of the day when you just say - wow...that was amazing," - Melissa Abram Annis of KW




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