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Homeless Benefit from Shower the People at Salvation Army

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     The Salvation Army in Joplin no longer just serves lunch to the homeless and hungry. It’s also offering showers and laundry facilities.   

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Joplin Suspect Wanted On Several Warrants Video included

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Joplin Police search for a suspect with ten active warrants. Police spotted 41-year-old Cory D. Reynolds Monday afternoon (April 23) around 3:00 at his home near 9th and Chestnut. Authorities say he jumped into a vehicle and drove off. During the chase, Reynolds hit another vehicle at 23rd and Maiden Lane and drove away. Police chased him to Galena, Kansas where they lost sight of him. Reynolds is wanted for previous charges and has seven warrants out of Joplin, an assault warrant o...

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Salvation Army Offers Free Showers and Laundry to Help the Homeless Video included

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"Shower the People" is a new program at the Salvation Army offering the homeless and poor a chance to shower and do laundry there for free. Shampoo, soap, towels and laundry detergent are all supplied. 

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An Arrest Is Made In A Nearly Two Decade Old Oklahoma Mystery Video included

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    An arrest is made - nearly two decades after the development of an Oklahoma mystery in Welch. It started - some time ago... Aungela Spurlock, OSBI Special Agent in Charge: "The tragic homicide of Danny and Kathy Freeman, on December 30th, 1999, and the subsequent search for their daughter Ashley Freeman and her friend Lauria Bible, began the investigation that has lasted almost two decades, and brings us here..."

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Odor Complaints Prompt Possible Class Action Suit; Joplin Urges Calls to DNR

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          As the city of Joplin drafts an odor ordinance, a Neosho based law firm tries to drum up support for a class action lawsuit.         

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Suspects Identified in 1999 Oklahoma Cold Case

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April 23, 2018: A Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Fox 23, is reporting that one person is in custody related to the disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. KOAM and FOX 14 will Facebook live stream a media conference that could bring new information about a 1999 cold case out of Welch, Oklahoma. Authorities plan to speak about the case today at 2:00 p.m. The case dealt with the murders of Danny and Kathy Freeman in December of 1999 and the disappearance of the couple's...

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Crawford County Educator of the Year Finalists Announced

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The winner of the Educator of the Year Award will be announced at the chamber’s Annual Banquet on May 24.

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Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

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Joplin Police received a call about an armed robbery on Sunday just before 10:00 p.m. (April 22, 2018). An employee at Charlie's Chicken (2020E. 32nd Street) says she locked the business up and was walking to her vehicle when a male walked up to her in the parking lot. She said he pointed a handgun at her and demanded the night deposit bag. She gave the suspect the bag and says he ran to the southwest. Police officers could not find him. Authorities say the suspect is described as ... More>>

Family of Man Whose Body Sat in KC International Airport Parking Lot for Months Sues

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Airport police found the man's body in September in a pickup truck.  The man's parking pass was dated Jan. 17.

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Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business Video included

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A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

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Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

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At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h... More>>

Local Woman Recalls Meeting Barbara Bush Video included

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Barbara Bush's passing has impacted many people in the country and that includes a longtime Joplin resident who had the opportunity to do Mrs. Bush's hair. Letha DeMier met the former first lady in November of 1998. Mrs. Bush visited Joplin to make a keynote speech at the Freeman Quality in Medicine Award. DeMier received a call requesting that she style Barbara Bush's hair before her speech. While DeMier says it was a little intimidating at first, she says the former first ... More>>

Happy 107! Video included

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Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

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Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See Video included

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"You're outta here."

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Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum Video included

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Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "... More>>

Interim Police Chief Named for Pittsburg Video included

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The City of Pittsburg announces that Major Brent Narges has been appointed the interim police chief.  He'll take over for Mendy Hulvey who announced her retirement last month. Her last day is June 29, 2018. "Brent is a Pittsburg Police Department veteran, who understands our community and will work well with Chief Hulvey, as she transitions into retirement," says City Manager Daron Hall. "He is well-respected by our officers and community, and I appreciate his w... More>>

Carl Junction Man Arrested For Threatening Two People With A Gun

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According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday (April 18), deputies were called to 10125 County Lane 273 in Carl Junction. Deputies spoke with two women who were trying to get their dog from their neighbors yard. The women were in the 71-year-old's driveway when the man came out with a pistol threatening to shoot them for trespassing. They say the man continued the threats as they tried to explain why they were there. When a deputy arrived, he approached the man... More>>

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

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A Southeast Kansas man is free on bond following a shooting in rural Galena Thursday afternoon.  According to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to residence for woman being shot.  The shooting happened after a verbal argument with a 28 year old male.  Before deputies arrived to the scene the female was taken to a Joplin hospital where she was treat for non-life threatening injuries.   

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-20

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BARD NOT RESIGNING A day after submitting his resignation, newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has changed his mind.  Missouri state law states felons are not eligible to be *candidates* for a local or state office.  Joshua Bard pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in Newton County in 2005.  Bard says after he talked with Joplin's city attorney, he initially decided the best decision was to submit his resignation from the city council.&nbs... More>>

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